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A short-form, legacy documentary capturing the collective, distilled wisdom of the civil rights leader Dr. John Perkins and his family.
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“Come dream with me. Dream of a fight for something bigger, something more important and worthwhile. We need to fight for justice and peace, for the walls between us to come crashing down.” - Dr. John Perkins

Through my recent short form documentaries, I have demonstrated that I am passionate about capturing, the legacies, the beautiful humanity and the distilled wisdom of ageing living legends. John Perkins has such a legacy. He and his family exude justice and compassion through lifetimes of struggle and mercy.

Now 87 years old, John was born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a sharecropper and into a family of bootleggers and gamblers. He fled to California when he was 17 after his older brother was murdered, having been shot twice by a white town marshal.

Although John Perkins vowed never to return, in 1960 faith found him and he returned to his boyhood home in Mississippi, to a state that was - and some say still is - deeply segregated. Reflecting on his return, John believes, “We live out our call most fully when we are a community of faith with arms wrapped about a community of pain.”

His outspoken involvement and leadership in the American civil rights movement led to his repeated harassment, imprisonment, and extended beatings by white police officers. Yet, he chose to forgive and to seek equality through love, understanding and pain and continues to fight for justice today, believing that “True Justice is wrapped up in love.”

In an age where we see continued oppression and increasing racial division and disunity across America and beyond, this film will draw a thread between our past and our present. The film will reflect on the lives of John Perkins and his family, while asking the difficult questions of how racism, violence and discrimination can still be happening in America and around the world? The film further draws on John’s wisdom and experience to ask how can we put this wisdom into action.

Join us as we spend time with John and his family discovering why they continue to fight for justice and ask what is at the center of their very beings that fuel their passion?

(Today, Dr. Perkins is the President Emeritus of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation of Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of 16 books including A Quiet Revolution, Let Justice Roll Down, With Justice For All, Beyond Charity, He’s My Brother, Resurrecting Hope, Do All Lives Matter, and his most recent memoirs, Dream With Me; holds 14 Honorary Doctorate Degrees; and served under five U.S. Presidents.)

The ASK:

Will you partner with us in creating this short form documentary about the extraordinary life of John Perkins and his family?

My wife, Alex, and I are funding 50% of the costs and are looking for your help to raise the remaining 50%: €8500

The permissions are all granted and the film is just waiting to be made.

This film will be donated to the continued work and fight for justice of John Perkins and his family.

Will you partner with us? Will you join us in capturing a living legacy for future generations?

[Photo used by kind permission of John Keatley; www.keatleyphoto.com]

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To see my other documentary films with Author, Pastor, Poet Eugene and his wife Jan Peterson: “Peterson: In-Between the Man and the Message” (NavPress commissioned in 2016)  – CLICK HERE 

“Phyllis” about the life of Author, Poet, Theologian Phyllis Tickle and her husband Sam (a self-funded collaboration with Tiny Ark Originals 2015) – CLICK HERE

“Tony Campolo: Divine Dissatisfaction” capturing the life of the 82 year old sociologist, pastor, author and former spiritual advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton.( a Kickstarter funded film, released in 2017) – CLICK HERE

For a glimpse of my other directed works, have a look at my 3min Showreel – CLICK HERE

[Goto www.gregfromholz.com to see other work by the Director including music videos with Rend Collective, The Script, Martin Smith, Jason Upton, Guy Garvey (of Elbow) and many more.] 

Risks and challenges

Thankfully, in practical terms, the challenges of connecting with John Perkins, traveling to him and working with him to make this documentary have been overcome and we're ready to move forward.

As with any interview, the beauty and risk of it is that it can't be scripted. Though this makes it a little unpredictable, I find this exciting and am really proud of similar projects that I have completed with Eugene Peterson, Phyllis Tickle, Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne and confident from those experiences that my team and I can similarly capture and distill the legacy of Dr. Perkins.

Having worked consistently with Joseph von Meding of THIRTYREV over the last decade on a huge variety of film projects, we have learnt to deal with the unexpected challenges that arise.

I am eager to start into a new project and continue the momentum that has been generated with my other films. The project doesn't require approval or premarket review to be released.

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