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Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis tell the story of their lives for the first time in feature documentary form.

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Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee carries the legacy of Ossie Davis & Ruby dee forward for the first time in feature documentary form 

Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee are legends of the stage and screen. Throughout their careers, which span over six decades, Ossie & Ruby have helped pave the way for generations of young black actors, filmmakers and activists.

I know Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee simply as Grandpa and Gram Ruby. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to examine more deeply the lives and careers of my grandparents and, with my grandmother Ruby, explore the pivotal, personal and professional choices she and Ossie made that lead them to achieve success in their marriage, their careers, their contribution to the civil rights movement and more.

The hope is to, through documenting their story, discover the secrets of divine love; romantic, professional, spiritual, communal, and self love. By telling the story of their marvelous lives and juxtaposing past with present, I’ll learn for myself and everyone who looks on what is essential to life and to love.

We will screen a portion of this documentary at a reception/screening in New York this October 2012 to honor my grandmother on her 90th birthday (October 27th, 2012).

Be a part of creating this once in a lifetime opportunity by pressing the green “Back This Project” button in the top right section of this page.

Thank you so much!

Official Website for Documentary: http://www.lifesessentialswithrubydee.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lifesessentialswithrubydee
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rubydeestory
Tumblr: http://ossieandruby.tumblr.com

IMDB: Ossie DavisRuby Dee
Wikipedia: Ossie DavisRuby Dee

IMPORTANT: Funding will go toward travel, fees for talent participation (transportation to/from interviews, makeup, etc.), equipment, editing, data storage, legal services, and licensing movies/photos/music.

Some of what we've filmed so far: 

Danny Glover:

Alan Alda:

Glynn Turman:

Highlights in Ossie & Ruby's Professional Lives (below):

Dee-Davis Archive Photo (August 1955).

Top photo, Antonio Mari (1996). Bottom Photo, Bruce Davidson (1962).

Production Photo, NJ Frank (2012).

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    BE A VISIONARY! Vision is what Ossie had in 1935 when at 17 he walked with only 10 dollars in his pocket from Georgia to Washington, DC in order to attend college. This journey led him toward his future and his destiny with Ms Dee. Be a part of this vision Receive a special thank you from the director and producer for a gift of only $10 or more.

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    BE AN ACTIVIST! For a gift of $25 or more, you will receive the previous reward and a copy of the completed documentary DVD.

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    BE AN ACTIVIST! For your gift of $50 or more, you will receive the previous rewards as well as an official "Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee" flyer and a print of a rare Ossie & Ruby photograph.

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    BE ONE OF RUBY'S GEMS! In addition to the preceding rewards, you will receive a downloadable version of "Before We Met: An Unabridged Selection of With Ossie & Ruby." You will also receive a poster signed by Ruby Dee, and an official "Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee" t-shirt.

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    BE ONE OF RUBY'S GEMS! In addition the preceding rewards, your name will be posted on the official website as an official supporter of the documentary. You will also get a thank you from the producer and director on Twitter and Facebook.

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    BE PART OF THE CREW! In addition to all of the above mentioned rewards, you will receive two passes to the screening of the documentary preview for Ruby Dee's birthday. This will be in October, in New York, and Ruby Dee will be in attendance (travel/lodging not included). Your name will also be featured in the credits of the final film under "Special Thanks." Finally, you will receive a personal thank you call and letter from the director and producer.

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    BE PART OF THE CREW! In addition to receiving all of the above mentioned rewards, you will have the awesome opportunity to send us a personal photo YOU OWN of/or with Ossie & Ruby and have it featured in the credits of the actual documentary.

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    BE IN THE DIRECTORS CLUB! In addition to receiving all of the above mentioned rewards, you will have the opportunity to show you or your organization's support of this documentary with a personal video message. Your video will be featured on our official website and social media sites. You will be treated to dinner in Harlem by the director and producer (travel/lodging not included) and you will receive five extra copies of the "preview" documentary on DVD or Blu-Ray to gift to friends.

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    BE IN THE PRODUCER'S CIRCLE! In addition to receiving all of the above mentioned rewards, you will be an Associate Producer of the first and only feature-length documentary about Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee! Your name will appear on screen at Associate Producer, only. You also will receive two VIP passes to the celebrity mixer & 90th Birthday Celebration sneak peek screening of the documentary in New York with Ruby Dee in attendance (travel/lodging not included). You will receive a signed copy of the autobiography, "With Ossie and Ruby: In this Life Together."

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    BE AT THE TOP OF THE PRODUCER'S CIRCLE! In addition to receiving all of the above mentioned rewards, you will be a Co-Producer of the first and only feature-length documentary about Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee! Your name will appear on screen as Co-Producer, only. Your name, along with the other Co-Producers' names, will be engraved on the 90th Birthday plaque that will be presented to Ruby Dee as part of the program honoring her birthday. You or your organization will also be honored by name at the VIP celebration. You will have the opportunity to have a personalized gift from you or your organization placed in Ruby Dee's birthday gift bag at the VIP mixer. Finally, you will have the opportunity to have a gift placed in all of the attendees gift bags at the VIP birthday/screening (up to 500 VIP gift bags).

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