Once in a great while, as a filmmaker, a project comes along that has the ability to change the trajectory of your life. From Selma to Stonewall: Are we there yet?, has been that film for me.
When the producer, Marilyn, first approached me about working as the editor, I was intrigued by the concept. After working with the footage and watching the interviews for the last couple of months, this film has transformed my mind and expanded my heart.
As a child, I went to a private Christian school with my younger brother. My brother really loved the stories and was more active in the message than anyone else in our family; however, around the 4th grade, he asked to be enrolled in public school. He had a secret. 10 years later, he would reveal to me that he was gay. He told me he knew around age 9 and that he prayed about it every night for the next 7 years. He prayed that God would make him not gay. Finally at age 16, he stopped praying and accepted himself. He decided to let go of his faith and chose his truth instead. His revelation and inability to reconcile these two worlds has stayed with me ever since.
From Selma to Stonewall, are we there yet?, explores so many variations of this story and delves even further into the intersections of those of color facing their truth and their faith.
I am profoundly grateful that this film exists. We are living a pivotal and polarized time in our nation’s history. From Selma to Stonewall guides those who watch it to explore their views and creates a platform for the discussions we need to have as a country. The timing and the message of this film is so crucial. It must be seen and discussed by anyone and everyone.
Once in a great while, a project comes along that has the ability to change the trajectory of the world’s mindset. Please join me to raise the funds needed to complete this project and make From Selma to Stonewall: Are we there yet?, a film accessible to all.
The final edit has been completed! The last amount of fundraising is for final color correcting, title graphics/animation, purchase Archival footage rights, DVD copies, festival submissions and promotional material.