Resurrecting Love: The Cemetery That Can Heal a Nation documents the powerful racial conflict over the right to visit cemetery in Marshall, Texas. This film in progress follows two women - one black, one white - as they rally the community to fight a large timber corporation, which is denying them access to the cemetery, and in the process, change the face of Texas history. Resurrecting Love shows us how a diverse group of people can come together to heal the deep racial divisions that still threaten to tear our country apart.
The film grew out of China Galland's book, Love Cemetery, Unburying the Secret History of Slaves (HarperOne). The book ignited a controversy about people being able to get into cemeteries throughout Texas. This set off an investigation by the State Attorney General's Office. As a consequence, new legislation was passed making it a criminal offense to deny people reasonable access to cemeteries in Texas. Nonetheless, this widespread problem continues in Texas and across the U.S. today.
Who We Are
China Galland (Producer) is an award-winning author, speaker, university lecturer, and former wilderness guide. She is the recipient of the 2009-2010 "Courage of Conscience Award" from the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, MA, and participated in the Hedgebrook Writers Invitational Residency on Whidbey Island, WA. Galland is also a Professor in Residence at the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She is a member of the national Alliance for Truth and Racial Reconciliation. China's book on Love, her sixth non-fiction book to be published, was the genesis of this documentary.
Ben Galland (Director) is an award-winning director who owns and operates Oceanic Productions in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work includes feature length documentaries, theatrical films, music videos, and commercials for clients such as PBS, Fox, Warner Brothers, Current TV and others. His focus is on social and environmental justice with an emphasis on youth culture and music.
Nate Parker (Executive Producer) is an American actor best known for his leading roles in The Secret Life of Bees and The Great Debaters. Next he stars in George Lucas' upcoming Red Tails, the story of the WW II Tuskegee Airmen. Parker's commitment to quality education and socialization for all children is far reaching. He includes the subjects of diversity, education and debate when he speaks at schools across the country. As well, he mentors 24 children from schools in central Los Angeles. Nate also sponsors a Peace for Kids scholarship fund. He received an honorary Doctorate from the historically black Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, the school that The Great Debaters was based on. Nate, along with Wiley's President Dr. Haywood Strickland, co-founded a new scholarship program for African-American young men.
Alexis Yancey (Associate Producer) is an award-winning television producer who is owner and Executive Producer of Alexis Yancey Productions. Clients include CBS News, CNN, Donahue, Oprah, Dr. Phil, The Emmitt Zone Show with Emmitt Smith, and Hispanics Today. She was a producer for CBS Evening News weekend editions in New York and CBS News, Dallas. She has won the National Association of Black Journalists Best Public Affairs/Newsmagazines Award and a Lone Star Emmy, among other accolades. She's also the National Association of Black Journalists Vice-President for Broadcast, as well as NABJ's Region VII Director. Alexis was President of the Boston Association of Black Journalists and President of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Association of Black Communicators.
Brian Dowley (Director of Photography) is a Director of Photography who has shot for television, feature films, commercials, and corporate presentations. His PBS credits include, American Experience, NOVA, and Frontline films. Recent productions have included the award winning series, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow.