That Means We're On Our Way!
Thanks to the 252 devotees of the Boswell Sisters and our “Close Harmony” documentary for making this Kickstarter campaign such a success! Your total contributions of $27,154 helped us surpass our expectations and beat the odds (that can be long) against film projects over $20,000 reaching their funding goal.
So that means now we’ll be on our way … to points East … Northwest … down South, of course … and into some surprising new territories, we imagine, on our search for the spirit of the Boswell Sisters.
As we’ve been collecting our thoughts about Jazz-age New Orleans, Depression-era America, and the liberating transformation of Connie, Martha, and Vet from classically-trained, musical “belles” into “chanters” and “shouters” both sweet and hot -- and ultimately triumphant! -- we’ve sometimes returned to the well-spring of Southern literature for additional inspiration. Among the obvious story-tellers (Williams and Capote, Harper Lee and Eudora Welty) we’ve also re-read another favorite, female writer, Flannery O’Connor, whose fine collection of short stories, Everything That Rises Must Converge, owes its exultant title to the French philosopher, de Chardin, and his quote that somehow seems to also describe the gravity-defying arc of the Sisters’ life as we know it … along with the creative experience we have all just begun to share:
"Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge."
So, celebrate the ascent, together, wherever you are!