Julian Bond: Reflections from the Civil Rights Movement
A portrait of Julian Bond; a modern-day newsreel linking the past and future of the Civil Rights Movement in America.
"The documentary shows me candidly as no one has. Eduardo Montes-Bradley brought an intimacy to the screen that surprised even me." — Julian Bond
This is an enlightening portrait of social activist Julian Bond, who in this film traces his roots back to slavery. A leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Julian Bond was among the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), one of the leaders of the March on Washington in 1963, a legislator in Georgia for twenty years and chairman of the NAACP. Now in his seventies, Julian recalls what it was like to grow up in the segregated south where his parents’ belief in hard work and education lifted the family out of what he describes as an apartheid system. Julian Bond’s recollections take us through decades of American history, as society was evolving to allow more opportunity to African Americans.
Where We Stand Today
Principal photography concluded with a walk-through Lincoln Memorial with Julian Bond as he recalled the March on Washington almost half a century before. We have work consistently in the reconstruction of Mr. Bond´s timeline, family ties, genealogical background and we found some amazing footage and photographs to illustrate what turn out to be an outstanding newsreel from the times of Reconstruction to the presidency of Barack Obama.
With your help, "Julian Bond" will premier at the upcoming 25th Anniversary edition of the Virginia Film Festival this November. Moreover, and we have secure distribution to schools, colleges, libraries, prisons, non-profit organizations, museums, and film festivals through one of the most reputable distributors in the educational market: Filmakers Library from New York, an imprint of Alexander Street Press. However, "Julian Bond" will not be made available to the general audience for the next five years due to customary restrictions imposed by the distributors. The film will first reach the institutions, when that window opens you would have the opportunity to purchase a DVD, but not until then.
One special moments on the film
As Julian elaborates on his relationship with the past, many distinguish figures emerge: Paul Robeson, Albert Einstein, Malcom X, Lyndon Johnson. In the following segment Julian Bond recalls his first encounter with Langston Hughes in Georgia revealing himself as an early poet.
Why do we need your support
We need your support to pay for music licensing fees, for the rights to use those photographs, and film archive which is not in Public Domain or that has not been donated. For instance, the photograph of Julian Bond by Richard Avedon is reproduced in the film with permission of The Richard Avedon Foundation. However, that is an exception to the rule: Images cost money. we also need to pay the sound studio for the final mix and there is a small amount owed in salaries to researches, editors, and crew. Yes, we need YOU.
In recognition for your support we have set aside a limited number of DVD´s containing the Directo's Cut of "Julian Bond" and a few priceless memorabilia from the film such as photographs with original certificate of authenticity, an old 45rpm vinyl recording of "We Shall Overcome" by The Freedom Singers, and John Neary's biography on Julian Bond signed and dedicated to you by Mr.Bond. All these and more has been carefully detailed under Rewards. Choose yours wisely, they are all very special.
As it turns out everyone wins: We get to meet our obligations and our supporters get rewarded with -amongst other prizes- a copy of the film which otherwise would not be accessible to the general audience.
Why help us make this movie?
We believe it’s of the outmost importance to preserve on film Julian Bond´s family memories going back to the days of his great-grandmother Jane Arthur Bond. Bond embodies a tradition of scholars and educators living in a time of extraordinary social transformations. His account of the facts leading to the Civil Rights Movements and to the election of Barack Obama in 2008 helps to understand a process endured by generations of committed men and woman.
Julian Bond has been awarded the National Civil Rights Museum’s annual Freedom Award, whose previous recipients included Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Nelson Mandela and Colin Powell; and the recognition of an entire generation. This film portraits the man who's extraordinary life experience will serve as an example for generations to come.
How do I follow the project?
We have set up a Facebook page which already has more than 3500 followers, and we are constantly updating that page with images and more of the good stuff that did not make it to the film. You do not need to make a donation in order to gain access to this information, which is free and already available at Julian Bond, (Movie) in Facebook. Make sure you LIKE us on Facebook!
What happens when we reach our goal?
Every dollar above and beyond our goal will be apply to promote the film, and to ensure that those who can't afford it will also have a chance to see it. In order to do this we will purchase copies directly from the distributor at a discounted rate and this copies will be donated to schools that can't afford the $199 per DVD as advertised, thus securing a large audience that will help us perpetuate the legacy of Julian Bond.
What happens if the money isn’t raised in time?
Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands. Your credit card or debit card will not be charged.
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