In preparation for creating a educational documentary film, we several days scheduling time to meeting with scholars, visiting and reviewing online archives to related media to support and visually tell the story. It was important that this story be told through the lens of those on the ground and part of the moment. It was also important to pull in the resources from our local educational and museum institutions such as Alabama State University and the Rosa Parks Library. Our production team also visited Tuskegee to meet and interview Attorney Fred Gray, the civil rights icon and attorney for the case. Although we were under a short timeline for pre-production, production and delivery, we quickly assembled our 6 person team to began creating the documentary.
We collaborated with WK Media to build the concept for the production which included music and poetry performances from local talents. Our vision was to involve our community members to help tell this unique Montgomery story. We created a film that featured accounts from the elders of the movement, and included today’s movement leaders who were influenced by those who came before them. While one comprehensive production, the film comprised of segments that could later be standalone as vignettes for distribution and use in various platforms.
We met our deadline, and delivered a full-length documentary film that premiered on the Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The film was named after the 382 days of boycott. “382: Organizing For The Future”.