We recently heard from the producers of the successfully Faithify-ed project, “Bending the Arc Towards Justice”. Here’s how the film is growing and progressing:

2019 Year-end Report to Investors and Participants

“We have made steady progress on the Bending the Arc toward Justice film project, having completed 61 interviews during the past four years; we have sorted and organized all of the hundreds of hours of video clips from these interviews, and we have now finished weaving all of this content into 22 sequences, from which we have begun creating the first draft of the film.

Although the plans and goals of the film have not changed, the project has grown significantly during the past two years, with the addition of 21 interviews in 2018 and 2019. (See document listing all interviews to date.) During 2018 and 2019, we also continued our archival research and have collected hundreds of additional archival photos, mostly previously unseen, as well as rare archival film footage.

We now have an extraordinary collection of video interviews and archival material illustrating almost all aspects of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, as well as much material focusing on Selma, Montgomery, and racial struggles in Alabama overall, both during the 1960s (and earlier) and today.

In November of 2018, the primary producer/director/editor of the film became ill and had to suspend work on the project until her recovery in March of 2019. Work on the project then resumed during and progressed well until March 16, when the director received tragic news—the suicide of her brother, a renowned and beloved glass artist; the shock, trauma, and sorrow of this family tragedy sidelined the project for six months, while the director threw herself into production of a film on her brother; that film is now finished and was shown in Kentucky in late September. While that film is not connected to the Bending the Arc project, we include the link here as a sample of the director’s work (and explanation of her focus during the past six months): https://vimeo.com/362923571  (password is Arnie)

Beginning in January 2020, the director’s primary and urgent focus will be on finishing Bending the Arc. Our top priority will be to finish this film about the allies of the Movement in the 1960s in Birmingham (including the Unitarians, the Jewish community, and other key allies). We plan to finish this film by the fall of October 2020 (or sooner) and premiere it during the late 2020 or early 2021. Once it is finished, we will then begin work on other related films, adding them one-by-one to the Bending the Arc website: http://bendingthearctojustice.com/

We are also working with a graphic artist to completely redesign the Bending the Arc website to make it a vivid and engaging venue for this array of films and related content.

To summarize, we have made great progress on the expanded Bending the Arc project and expect to finish the first edit of the film in just a few months, with the finial film completed within 9-12 months. Thank you for your support of this important film project!

The Producers, Bending the Arc toward Justice

 


Past Updates:

 

“During 2018, the Bending the Arc toward Justice film project progressed and expanded, with the addition of 19 interviews (in addition to the 40 interviews completed in 2016 and 2017).  We’ve also continued our archival research and have collected hundreds of additional archival photos, mostly previously unseen, as well as rare archival film footage.

We now have an extraordinary collection of video interviews and archival material illustrating almost all aspects of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, as well as much material focusing on Selma, Montgomery, and racial struggles in Alabama overall, both during the 1960s (and earlier) and today.

Because of this vast collection of extraordinary content, we have made the decision to expand the project to a docu-series—a collection of films about various aspects of the Movement in Alabama, starting with the Bending the Arc film that we originally planned.

So our first priority will be to finish the original film about the allies of the Movement in the 1960s in Birmingham (including the Unitarians, the Jewish community, and other key allies). We hope to finish this first film by the end of 2019 and premiere it during the spring of 2020 or soon thereafter. Once it is finished, we will then continue preparing the other films in the series, adding them one-by-one to the Bending the Arc website: http://bendingthearctojustice.com/

This timetable is more extended than our original plan for a single film, for two reasons. First, illness has sidelined the primary editor for several weeks, and this situation will continue for a few more weeks. Second, in order to find and select the very best clips for the first film—and to organize the video for the additional films—we are in the process of sorting through all of the hundreds of hours of video and labeling the content of all of the interviews. Once we have completed this process, we will have all of the video content time-coded and labeled—with selections ready to include in the first film and other selections ready to incorporate into the additional films in the series. In other words, we are taking time up front to organize all of the material for all of the films, since this is the most efficient strategy overall for the entire project.

We will provide another update to our investors and participants in about six months. Again, our first and foremost goal is to complete the originally planned Bending the Arc film, then proceed with adding more films to the website.

Thank you for your support of and participation in this important film project!”

 

Check out the original project page

 

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