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30 Years Ago Today There Was A Massacre In My Hometown

November 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

This is the story that I found…

Side notes:

  • I began this when I was in college as a class project in my sophomore year
  • After I graduated from UNCG I moved to NYC and worked on Independent Films
  • I moved back to Greensboro after 8 months to pick up where I left off in class
  • I worked as a pizza delivery driver while continuing to produce and shoot this documentary
  • I used equipment from GCTV public access cable 8 in Greensboro
  • I edited the final documentary on an iMac DV+ (G3) with Final Cut Pro 2
  • I sent the film to 10 festivals making 4 and picking up two awards
  • There was no outside funding for making this film
  • I produced, shot, wrote, directed, edited and scored the entire film

I look back and still can’t believe the story that I told. Telling this story changed the way I looked at politicians and people with power and money.

As a professional I look back and cringe on how I shot this. The first time I ever picked up a camera for an interview was with Willena for this documentary. I had no idea how to compose a shot. I also learned that I can’t do everything and have embraced collaborating with others.

All in all this was a story that lit a fire in me and I had to tell it. “Greensboro: Closer to the Truth,” is another documentary that beautifully tells the story of the survivors of The Greensboro Massacre and how the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission played a part in the healing process years later.

If you are near Auburn University I will be showing this film on campus look for it at Auburn University’s Haley Center Auditorium room 2370. I will be available after the screening to discuss the film.

For Greensboro residence, on Wednesday, November 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. the Greensboro Historical Museum and the Greensboro Public Library are hosting a screening of Adam Zucker’s documentary Greensboro: Closer to the Truth, about the 1979 Klan and Nazi killings. A panel discussion will follow the film with Adam Zucker.

You can also listen to the podcast of Adam and myself talking about our documentaries.

Tags: Documentary · Filmmaker · Personal

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