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"Your film is life changing and life giving"
A POWERHOUSE OF A PICTURE
THE MOST GRITTY VERSION OF CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY I'VE EVER SEEN.
Powerful slice of roiling American history
Has great potential to do real good in the world -- Boxoffice
A powerhouse of a picture, minutely attuned to disparities of class and race...a triumph of outrage and empathy."
Packs a punch -- Village Voice
The racial politics of the current presidential election make this film all the more significant. - Film Journal
Mesmerizing and heart-rending -- Los Angeles City Beat
Dean's ability to explore history through such a local nexus creates a uniquely intimate document. -- Variety
Deserves to be seen -- New York Times
F I LM F E S T I V A L S
Winner of the Audience Award
The film has now played at two dozen film festivals, starting with CineQuest in San Diego, California. Reaction in San Diego was overwhelmingly positive and CineQuest organizers schedule an extra showing of the film.
Then came appearances at festivals in Orlando and San Francisco. Again, audience reaction was extremely positive, with abundant praise for the high standard of the filming, the editing, and the story-telling. People were particularly impressed by the light the film shed in four areas:
1. Surprise at how crucial the Saint Augustine protests were to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Many people, even local residents, were unaware of this.
2. Surprise at how many white people took part in the protests. The sight of white protestors being hauled away by the police was a powerful reminder that the civil rights movement was a unifying movement, not a divisive one.
3. The intensity of feelings aroused by the protests in 1964 and the heriosm of the non-violent movement. Many people said they had no idea how much anger and hostility the protestors faced and absorbed without fihgitng back, which is what finally forced congress to outlaw segregation.
4. The emergence of "the Katrina Factor." When the rough cut of the film was first shown to informal focus groups some people had a hard time beleiving that the African American community it depicted really existed today. Hurricane Katrina changed that. Anyone who saw the film after Katrina knew that there is a huge disparity between.
Atlanta, Education, Endorsement, and Action
Theere have now been several showings of the film in Altanta, including at the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site. Again the reaction was very positive, all across the racial spectrum. Many whites were stunned at both the ferocity of the opposition to desegrgation in 1964 and the economic conditions in the community in 2004. Blacks were amazed to see so many white people had participated in the 1964 protests, getting cattle-prodded and thrown into paddy wagons with police dogs.
The film has also been shown at local high schools and colleges, with lively post-screening debate. The director, Jeremy Dean, accompanied the film on a screening tour of Florida’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including Bethune-Cookman College, Florida Memorial University, Florida A&M University and Edward Waters College.
The film's potential as an educational tool led to this powerful endorsement by Arne Duncan, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools:
One of the goals of the director, Jeremy Dean, has always been to use "Dare Not Walk Alone" as a springboard for action. Several events have already occured. As a direct result of seeing the film, state and local politicians convened a meeting to address housing conditions in St. Johns County, led by Florida state representative Tony Hill.
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...A capacity crowd of 400 packed the historic Ritz theater in Jacksonville for the first public showing of "Dare Not Walk Alone." By the end of the film the crowd was on its feet. Audience response was overwhelmingly positive, as reflected in the applause for Director Jeremy Dean who fielded questions after the film.A week later over 1300 people turned out to pack two back-to-back screenings at Flagler College Auditorium.
Updated October, 2007, by webbloke at cobbsblog.com © Stephen Cobb