May the 4th be with your… anniversaries?

OK, OK… not my best headline work. But some stuff popped up in my memories today, so it’s blog time.

First – today marks the first anniversary of Remembering Anarcha being released on VOD platforms all over the U.S. and Canada. And since then, it’s been released on even more streaming platforms, along with DVDs and Blu-rays. It’s been discussed by Columbia University‘s research department, mentioned in the Washington Post, and we’ve been contacted by other universities, nonprofit organizations, and interested parties about the film.

If you haven’t yet seen the film (or left a review – please do so: Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Amazon), you can find it on many VOD outlets.

Related – Michelle Browder’s monument to the Mothers of Gynecology monument in Montgomery, AL, officially opens this Sunday – Mother’s Day. Find out more about her work at AnarchaLucyBetsey.org.

Second – two years ago was the date that the music video for the song “Carry the Wounds” off the album of the same name was released. (You can find the album on your favorite streaming platforms; links on the ‘Music‘ page.)

Aaaaand… third – some photos popped up of my old band Hail the Titans. We played a show on May 4 a decade ago. (Time, man… why it gotta be flying like that?) A photographer named Chris Barrett snapped some pics (below) while we were playing, and they bring back so many good memories of being on the road with that band.

Aaaaaanyway… thanks for taking this stroll down Memory Lane with me. Much love.

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‘Remembering Anarcha’ is out today!

Today, May 4, 2021, is the official release day for Remembering Anarcha! The film my team and I started working on back in 2018 is now publicly available to purchase on many video-on-demand platforms across the U.S. and Canada.

You can find it on Apple TV and iTunes (special thanks to everyone who pre-ordered!), Vimeo on Demand, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft, some cable and satellite VOD channels, and more!

There are also DVDs and Blu-rays available through online retailers.

Check out this post at TerribleMasterFilms.com for some links.

On this day, I’d like to share a portion of a recent Facebook post:

I want to take a moment to give a shout out to a few people. First and foremost: Michelle Browder. Her art, passion, and activism inspired me to make this film, and she continues to educate and raise awareness about Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey through her “Mothers of Gynecology” project. (Be sure to check out https://www.anarchalucybetsey.org/)

I also want to give a shout out to my fellow producers: C. DeWayne Cunningham and Royce Williams. They came on board knowing that this was a passion project with no budget, and they have been supportive every step of the way.

And through this project, I made friends with author J.C. Hallman. His research is fascinating, and I’m looking forward to reading his forthcoming book “The Anarcha Quest.”

Thanks to everyone who has supported this project and pre-ordered the film. I hope you both enjoy it and learn something new. I appreciate the support. Much love.

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‘Remembering Anarcha’ is up for pre-order!

You can now pre-order Remembering Anarcha on iTunes – click here. The film release date is May 4. Here’s a short video I made talking about the pre-orders, production, and the history:

The film has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, for North American distribution. Read the news release announcement here.

The film will be available on-demand from multiple outlets across the U.S. and Canada, but pre-ordering on iTunes helps garner attention and get the film in front of more people. So if you use iTunes or Apple TV, this will help raise awareness of the film and the important subject matter the film addresses.

And while you’re clicking on links, be sure to check out Michelle Browder’s ‘Mothers of Gynecology’ project (click here.) Michelle appears in the film, and her art is what first caught my attention for this story. She’s gone across the country doing big things to raise awareness on this issue (and the shirt I’m wearing in the above video is from her project.)

As always, thanks for reading and thanks for your continued love and support. Much love to you.

‘Remembering Anarcha’ wins Best Long Documentary at IBFF!

Many thanks to the International Black Film Festival for awarding the “Best Long Documentary” award to Remembering Anarcha! The production team – C. DeWayne Cunningham, Royce Williams, and myself – celebrated with some Bowman Brothers bourbon, and yes, there’s a story behind that.

Part of the film was shot in Virginia. DeWayne had a previous engagement, but Royce and I took a road trip up to Fredericksburg in December 2018. While there, we decided to look for a place to grab a drink.

We Googled what was around us, and we found a distillery – the A. Smith Bowman distillery. According to Google, they were open, so we made our way over there.

We get out of the car and start walking toward the building. There were some other people heading inside as well, and we noticed that all of the people were dressed up. We, however, were not.

We walk in and look around… looks like a private event. It was. Apparently, we just crashed a corporate Christmas party.

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Also, the distillery isn’t even open that late, so the info we got was wrong. But… while we couldn’t really stay, the friendly staff let us sample some stuff since we drove all the way up from Alabama. And I bought a bottle of bourbon.

I decided that it would be opened when all three of us could get together to celebrate getting into a film festival. But with COVID and life stuff and schedules, it took a little longer.

This past Sunday, however, we finally were able to get together, so we unsealed the bottle to celebrate our ‘Best Long Documentary’ win.

Thanks to everyone who has encouraged and supported us in this endeavor. We’ll let you know as soon as the film is available publicly for viewing. In the meantime, make sure to follow Remembering Anarcha on social media for updates:

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‘Remembering Anarcha’ screens this Saturday in the International Black Film Festival

Remembering Anarcha is an official selection in the 2020 International Black Film Festival and is set to screen this Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m.

The festival is virtual this year due to COVID-19, so you will be able to view it on their website.

Click here for the screening page.

Immediately following the screening, there will be a Q&A live on the IBFF Facebook page.

Find out more about the film in the announcement post from July 2019.

Film announcement!

You ever want to talk about something, but you know you need to be patient and wait? Like a big announcement or something? Yeah? Me, too, which is why I’m so glad this day has finally arrived.

Last year, 2018, around April, I think – anyway, over a year ago – I had an idea for a new documentary project, and I approached two extremely close friends who happen to be filmmakers as well, and I asked them if they were interested in making this happen.

Both of them – C. DeWayne Cunningham and Royce Willliams – jumped on board as producers immediately, and together, we have completed a new feature-length documentary.

I have talked with people one-on-one, in person, about this project over the past year or so, but I haven’t made any official public announcements – until now.

So on behalf of my producers, I am pleased to announce the completion of our new film, titled:

Remembering Anarcha.

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The film explores the controversial history of Dr. James Marion Sims, who is known as the “father of modern gynecology,” or by his detractors as “father butcher.” If you haven’t heard of him, there are statues that were put up in his honor on the Capitol grounds in Montgomery, AL, the statehouse grounds in Columbia, SC, and in Central Park in New York City. The one in New York has been removed.

But along with his story, the film also explores the enslaved African women that he operated on while in Montgomery in the late 1840s. We know three of their names – Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey.

And within these historical stories, we explore issues of race, slavery, and ethics, and how those issues impact modern society and medicine.

So, I know some people will be asking where they can see the film. Well, we are in the process of submitting the film to various film festivals in the hopes that we can find a distributor. That process can take a while. (It can also be costly, so if you’d like to help us out, we are accepting donations – PayPal, Venmo, Cash App, checks… we’re open to any help we can get.)

In the meantime, we ask that you follow Remembering Anarcha on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the film. We’ve also set up RememberingAnarcha.com.

And, be sure to follow my page, along with Terrible Master Films, Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, and 803 Films to keep up with our other projects.

Thanks!

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