Monday, December 22, 2008

Jeremy Dean Interview: On Dare Not Walk Alone and independent film making

Just published in The Independent, which describes itself as "obsessed with independent film since 1978," a substantial interview with Jeremy Dean, producer and director of Dare Not Walk Alone.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Show Time at the Hippodrome State Theater in Gainesville

Below are the times for the Dare Not Walk Alone engagement at the Hippodrome State Theater in Gainesville next month. Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 16th
6.00pm: Reception with producer7.00pm: Screening
8.45pm: Screening

Saturday, January 17
4.30pm: Screening
7.00pm: Screening
8.45pm: Screening

Sunday, January 18
2.30pm: Screening
4.30pm: Screening
7.00pm: Screening

Wednesday, January 21
4.30pm: Screening
7.00pm: Screening
8.45pm: Screening

Thursady January 22
7.00pm: Screening
8.45pm: Screening

This is a beautiful theater folks, and big too! Please let people know about this screening so we can fill all 266 seats.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Arne Duncan, Obama's Pick for Secretary of Education, on Dare Not Walk Alone

We'd like to be among the first to congratulate Arne Duncan for being President-elect Obama's pick for Secretary of Education. It is another example of the President-elect choosing to surround himself with the brightest and best.

Mr Duncan he was an early supporter of Dare Not Walk Alone. Here's what he has to say about the film:

"An important tool for showing the bravery of those who struggled for equality during the civil rights movement. But it goes far beyond past history and exposes issues that we face everyday in the continued struggle for equality, especially when it comes to the health and education of all our children."
At the time he wrote that, Mr. Duncan was CEO of Chicago Public Schools. We wish him every success in his new role as a key player in the Obama administration.

And for the record here's what some other prominent public servants have said about Dare Not Walk Alone:
"This moving film, which I was honored to be a part of, will serve as an important reminder to audiences that even though we have made advances in the civil rights arena since the 1960s, we still have a long way to go."
That was US Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Here's Florida State Senator Tony Hill:
"The documentary was so moving that, as chairman of the Black Caucus of the State of Florida, I have filed a bill for the 2007 legislative session in the House and the Senate to have all records cleared for anyone who was arrested because of segregated laws. That is how compelling the film was to me."

We're Back! And looking for a holiday boost from Santa

The server issue was resolved this weekend and we now have plans to consolidate the blog and the official site on a new server before the end of the year (day jobs permitting).

In the meantime, please consider giving the Dare Not Walk Alone DVD for Christmas this year (or Kwanzaa or Hanukkah or Hogmanay or whatever holiday moves you to gift-giving around this time of year).

Click here to buy copies at or order from your favorite video store such as and Barnes & Noble.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

What's Up With

A couple of days ago an issue cropped up with the official web site for Dare Not Walk Alone. We have a fix in the works and normal service should be returned over the weekend.

In the meantime there is lots of info about the movie here on the blog. And if you are looking for the trailer click here.

Monday, December 01, 2008

From James Brock to the Meaning of President Elect Obama

Thanks to Adrienne in DC for pointing out the following commentary written shortly after Barrack Obama's victory. Posted by Hamilton Nolan, it uses the Monson pool incident as a sort of benchmark of where race relations were at in America 44 years before the historic 2008 presidential race. Nolan's observations are worth pondering:

"The more relevant question may not be "What does Obama mean for Black America?" It may be, instead, "What does Black America mean any more?" And if every non-black person goes out and has a conversation about that question with somebody who might actually know the answer, we'll all have made some good old-fashioned racial progress." Hamilton Nolan,
We couldn't agree more. Encouraging inter-racial dialog has always been one of the main goals of Dare Not Walk Alone and I see it happening after each screening I attend. As Nolan notes "with every year that passes, and every successive generation that's born, our country becomes less white, more diverse." It's up to each of us to decide what that means for us, hopefully after considering a diversity of input.