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A film showing that impoverished and oppressed people of all colors can achieve change if they work together.
A film showing that impoverished and oppressed people of all colors can achieve change if they work together.
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Any donation, small or..large! will be greatly appreciated: I am running out of my personal savings ,(10 000 $ for the filming ) and need to RAISE A MINIMUM OF 5500$ to edit this film. WITH YOUR HELP , we can finish this last documentary and, if over this goal of 5500 $ , could include clip rights for significant Civil Rights footage. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,    Michael Rogosin

Votre don, modeste ou grand, sera le bienvenu: ayant finance moi-même le tournage (10 000 $) il manque encore 5500 $ pour le montage du film. VOTRE AIDE nous permettra de finir ce dernier documentaire et tout supplément pourra payer les droits pour certains clips du 'Civil Rights Mouvement ",importants mais chers. MERCI de SOUTENIR NOTRE TRAVAIL !     Michael Rogosin.

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Support the legacy of groundbreaking filmmaker Lionel Rogosin with a new exploration of "Woodcutters of the Deep South", his film about white and black woodcutters working together in the 1970’s !

In the early 70s, Lionel Rogosin dealt with the black experience in America through a trilogy : "Black Roots, "Black Fantasy" and finally with "Woodcutters of the Deep South" in 1973. He had been contacted by Reverend Francis Walter who was, at that time, the director of the Selma project in Alabama. Rev. F.Walter had seen and met Rogosin through the first screenings of "Come Back Africa "in 1960 at the UN in New York City and he wanted to tell Rogosin about a new organization of black and white woodcutters joining together to obtain better conditions.

 Rogosin saw this as an ideal subject to illustrate the dynamics of black and white hostility and a very creative attempt to overcome it through mutual cooperation. His goal was to show the lives and struggles of these men in a context that would convey the cultural, political, and economic elements of the time and capture the character of the land and the people.

Despite very little funding, Rogosin made numerous trips to the South with his small crew of Louis Brigante and Shunna Pillay, where they filmed the men and the land at that time. 

There is no official archive for woodcutters in the South at that period so this film is also a record of this historic collaboration, the difficulties that arose and finally led to the end of this unique experience. 

 "Woodcutters of the Deep South"also involved the experiences of legendary civil rights activist Bob Zellner at that time thus it includes the dimension of the civil rights movement of the 60's and 70's in a very personal and moving way through Bob’ story.Many questions arise from the film and these questions explain and enlighten us about what is happening in America today with the growing movements :'Black lives matter' and the new « Moral Movement »

Filmmaker Michael Rogosin filmed a reenactment of Martin Luther King’s Freedom Ride along with Bob Zellner, revisiting important places, events, organized by the 'School for Conversion' and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove .

This new documentary "Working Together", will include discussions and insights into the past and present. We will be asking questions and learning the lessons of « Laurel Mississippi » where the first woodcutters’ strike by black and white woodcutters united ,obtained results.

Therefore this film will be a record of Rogosin's work but also of the history of the woodcutters of the deep south . It will show how it fitted in the civil rights movement of the 60's and what is happening today . It will show us that "Working Together" brings hope to the people when they can put aside their differences and prejudices and work together.

It will also include interviews with important civil rights legends : Bob Zellner, Rev. Francis Walter, Steve Martin and Tonny Algood and a discussion with Pr Max Grivno, of the University of Southern Mississippi .

M.Rogosin with M.Scorsese after interview
M.Rogosin with M.Scorsese after interview

Retour sur l’avant-dernier film du cinéaste d’avant-garde, Lionel Rogosin, avec« Woodcutters of the deep South »,(les bûcherons du Sud profond ), son film sur une coopérative unique de bûcherons noirs et blancs dans les années 70 !

 Au début des années 70, LR a filmé une trilogie sur l’expérience des Noirs en Amérique, avec « Black Roots » (racines noires ) , « Black Fantacy » (fantasmes noirs) et finalement « Woodcutters of the Deep South »(Bûcherons du Sud profond ) en 1972. Le Révérend Francis Walter, à l’époque directeur du projet « Selma », en Alabama, l’avait contacté , l’ayant rencontré à l’occasion de la projection de « Come Back, Africa ! » à l’ONU, à New York en 1960. F. Walter lui avait expliqué qu’il existait une organisation dans laquelle des bûcherons noirs et blancs s’étaient unis pour obtenir de meilleures conditions de travail.

Miriam Makeba dans "Come Back Africa"
Miriam Makeba dans "Come Back Africa"

 L. Rogosin y a vu un sujet idéal pour illustrer la dynamique de l’hostilité blancs/noirs et un moyen très original pour la vaincre par la coopération mutuelle. Il a voulu montrer la vie et les luttes de ces hommes dans un contexte qui en transmettrait les éléments culturels, politiques et économiques et saisirait la nature-même de la région et des gens. Avec très peu de moyens , L. Rogosin est allé de nombreuses fois dans le Sud avec sa petite équipe, Louis Brigante et Shunna Pillay. Ils y ont filmé les gens et le coin à cette époque.

Il n’existe aucune archive officielle de ces années pour le bûcheronnage : ce film est la trace de cette collaboration historique et des difficultés qui ont surgi et ont finalement eu raison de cette expérience unique dans le Sud. « Woodcutters of the deep South » (Bûcherons du Sud profond ) rapporte aussi les expériences de l’activiste Bob Zellner à cette époque et injecte dans le film la dimension émouvante du mouvement des droits civiques des années 60 et 70 vécue par Bob.

 Ce film pose de nombreuses questions qui nous font réfléchir et nous éclairent sur ce qui se passe aujourd’hui en Amérique, avec le mouvement « Black lives matter » et le nouveau « Moral Movement » qui se développe.

M. Rogosin a filmé la reconstitution du « Freedom Ride » de Martin Luther King avec Bob Zellner ,organisée par la « School for Conversion » et Jonathan Wilson , revisité les lieux importants et remémoré les évènements. Son documentaire inclura des discussions et des éclairages sur le passé, le présent. Le but est de revenir sur ces questions pour comprendre non seulement ce qui est arrivé aux bûcherons mais ce qui est arrivé au mouvement des droits civiques dans son ensemble. Nous reverrons les leçons à tirer de « Laurel Mississipi », où eu lieu la première grève fructueuse de Noirs et de Blancs unis .

 Il s’agit donc du travail de L. Rogosin mais aussi de l’histoire des droits civiques, avec l’espoir de montrer que « travailler ensemble » (Working together) est possible. Nous avons aussi réuni des interviews avec des légendes du Mouvement des droits civiques : Bob Zellner, Rev. Francis Walter, Steve Martin, Tonny Algood, ainsi que le Professeur Max Grivno de University of Southern Mississipi.

Le tournage a été financé par Michael Rogosin mais nous avons besoin de votre aide pour recueillir 5500 dollars, pour financer le montage, le mixage , l’étalonnage et pour digitaliser les pieces d’archives Rogosin déposées à l’Université du Wisconsin. 

 Merci de nous aider à préserver et faire connaître l’œuvre de Lionel Rogosin. Merci de votre soutien.

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The filming has been financed by Michael Rogosin but we need your help to raise 5500 dollars minimum to edit, do sound and color corrections and digitalize additional materials from the Rogosin archives at the University of Wisconsin.
Please help us preserve and develop the legacy of Lionel Rogosin .

Thank you for your contribution !

Le tournage a été financé par Michael Rogosin mais nous avons besoin de votre aide pour recueillir 5500 dollars, pour financer le montage, le mixage , l’étalonnage et pour digitaliser les pieces d’archives Rogosin déposées à l’Université du Wisconsin.
Merci de nous aider à préserver et faire connaître l’œuvre de Lionel Rogosin.
Merci de votre soutien.

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    A specially designed digital postcard with a photo from the original "Wodcutters" film and a thank you note from Michael Rogosin. Preview of the completed film online.

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    The postcard mentioned above, plus a digital copy of a selection from Lionel Rogosin's writings , and a link to stream the completed film online.

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    All of the above, plus a drink and conversation with filmmaker Michael Rogosin after the screening. A link to the completed film "Working Together" and the original "Woodcutters of the Deep South". A link to one other of Michael Rogosin's documentaries.

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    All of the above plus a DVD or Blu-ray copy of the finished film. A link to the completed film "Working Together" and the original "Woodcutters of the Deep South" and a link to two other of Michael Rogosin's documentaries

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    All of the above plus a poster from the Lionel Rogosin film cycle and a digital photo print from the L.Rogosin photo collection .
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    All of the above plus a gold level backer mention in the credits of the film and a selection of digital artifacts from the Rogosin archives in Angers, France. 4 digitally printed photos collection from the photos of Lionel Rogosin printed by a lab on quality paper-square photos 20x20 cm and rectangular 20 x 30 cm.. A link to the completed film "Working Together" and the original "Woodcutters of the Deep South" and a link to three other of Michael Rogosin's documentaries

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    All of the above plus a weekend with filmmaker Michael Rogosin in Angers, France to discuss all future Rogosin releases and a guided tour of the Rogosin archives (Travel and lodging not included).Michael Rogosin will do a presentation of the film for no fee (not including travel and lodging expenses for M.Rogosin).An exclusive screening of Michael Rogosin's six part documentary series on the Rogosin family saga"You Never Know" before release.

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