I know I know. It’s been a while since I’ve updated the site on what’s been going on with The Kinloch Doc. Life just continues to happen and move faster than anticipated. Such is my life. But all is well. While the production side hasn’t moved as swiftly as I hoped (idk what I hoped, really), major
In October of 2012, I got hip to the ESPN series titled 30 for 30: a number of documentary films highlighting significant people and events in sports history. This specific film was about Ben “Benji” Wilson, Chicago’s #1 high school basketball player gunned down one day before his senior season opener in 1984.
One thing you will always see me write about in these posts is PURPOSE and what I experienced today is another affirmation of just that.
There’s been a large gap in time between my last director daily but trust and believe, a lot has been going on with the documentary.
This past Friday was completely dedicated to Kinloch. During my lunch break, I met with Emma Riley, another Wash U alum and producer/director of Displaced – a short film about the erasure of Blacks in the City Clayton, MO.
This morning I met with Justine Blue: City Manager of Kinloch. I learned her maiden name is Wells and we are apparently some “kin” to each other, which is of no surprise to me.
I spent my entire evening playing around with the Kinloch website. It was my first time viewing the site again since we first purchased the domain last month and I see that Devin has been putting in a lot of hours.
My Aunt Violet, another Kinlochian (as I’ve heard it called) passed away today. That now makes both of my Grandparents, Uncle Pee Wee, Aunt April, Uncle Russell, and now her.
I reached out to Dan Parris, the Executive Producer and Director of the film Show Me Democracy. I learned that his film actually features the center the organization I work for: St. Louis Graduates High School to College Center.
The playground was concrete. In the 1990s, the all-black Catholic school, which nested within a once-flourishing farming community, now had no vegetation in sight except for the grass within the gated yard of the rectory where the white priest stayed. At recess, kickball was the main event.