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A film about the decisions of a teacher and activist – to either live within the law, or have a sound basis for civil disobedience.
A film about the decisions of a teacher and activist – to either live within the law, or have a sound basis for civil disobedience.
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Directing Dissent (working title)

This documentary tells the story of John Roemer, American Civil Liberties Union director of the Maryland chapter from 1970 to 1978 and 1981- 1984, activist, runner and teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. It consists of different parts, which trace the protagonist’s struggle within the civil rights movement, his attitudes towards military service, and his decisions as a teacher and activist – to either live within the law, or have a sound basis for civil disobedience.

The film not only shows his distinctive and unconventional style of teaching but also his stories about near death experiences and adventures with the ACLU in which he played a pivotal role in helping to integrate Maryland. John Roemer has been described as a ‘gun toting pacifist’, a cowboy, and a ‘crazy left winger’. Students and colleagues, alike, admire him.

In the conversations with Roemer he discusses significant personal and professional issues including Plessy v. Ferguson (1896, a Supreme Court decision upholding racial segregation in private businesses under the doctrine of "separate but equal"), the Gwynn Oak Park demonstrations, his golden retrievers, the races he’s won, integrating the ocean and why civil liberties are important. The film is a character study of a loved and respected rebel who helped change history.

Style: Archival footage and short image sequences will be used to create a visual landscape for the narrator's stories. There will be different photographs, scrolling still images and found footage overlaid on the video interviews.

HOW ARE WE GOING TO USE THE FUNDS: We will finish the filming process at the end of March and we still need funding for: - completing the editing - image and sound postproduction - prints and advertising - rights and licences - color correction - travel for archival research

THANK YOU ALL FOR SUPPORTING THE FILM AND ALLOWING US TO TELL THIS STORY With a bigger budget we can: -have a higher quality postproduction -have reserved money for sending copies to festivals, broadcasters, etc. -have more people to thank!

How Kickstarter Works: 
 Your credit card is only charged, if and when, we reach our goal of $9000. Funding on Kickstarter is "all or nothing" and if we do not reach our fundraising goal by the the end of March, you don't get charged a dime. At the end of the fundraising campaign, backers will be contacted to obtain any additional information that may be needed (ie. shipping address, etc.). THANK YOU!

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