About The Film
A Documentary by filmmaker Patricia DeArcy commemorating the legacy of jazz great Billy Taylor, along with vocalists Emory Taylor and Jeannie Faulkner who founded the "Harlem Cultural Council" and gave birth to NYC's most celebrated innovations - the Dance Mobile and the Jazz Mobile. You will hear from these trail blazers and other community greats about the exciting times of the 60's and the origin of these art institutions as well as many other art programs produced by the Harlem Cultural Council.
About the Filmmaker
Jazz enthusiast Patricia DeArcy, is also a stage and screen actress who grew up in California dreaming of one day walking the streets of Harlem. In 1992, she wrote and directed her first film Blue Lawn, a fictional narrative based on Patricia’s 5-year research on "environmental racism" – the systemic placement of low-income, minority communities in the proximity of degraded environments. In 1993, Patricia traveled to Senegal West Africa where she directed her first documentary From Whence We Came, a film focusing on the lives of African-Americans who had renounced US citizenship to take up residency in their "motherland" of Africa. The Harlem Cultural Council is Patricia’s most ambitious documentary project to date. Still in the production stages, the film is already receiving critical acclaim. To see trailers go to my website: http://www.patriciadearcy.com/
What We Need & What You Get
We were able to interview many founding members of The Harlem Cultural Council, some of whom are no longer living today. However, we must bring these interviews to life with archival film and photos, or "B-roll" footage. While we are fortunate to have accessed original tapes of performances, we must now transfer these old formats to digital. Your contribution will provide the capital for this phase of the production.
Our goal is to raise $10,000, which will be allocated to the acquisition of "B-roll" footage, licensing rights, and post production services. If we surpass our goal, the additional support will pay for marketing. We invite you to be an "Inferno" contributor at $1,000, a "Jazzy Fire" contributor at $250.00 or even a "Love Gesture" contributor at $10.00. Any contribution is welcomed!
Why Is This Film Important?
Harlem, with it's rich history in art, music, and literature, is known around the world. Today, Harlem is undergoing transformation, which will potentially change it's culture forever. Indeed, Harlem has already experienced a loss of many institutions that were vital to the cultural fabric of the community. This year alone, we watched the Lennox Lounge, an establishment known for great jazz performances, close its doors. Other jazz clubs like the St. Nicks Pub and Mintons, which were once central to the jazz scene have been shuttered. Over time, Harlem will be threatened with the loss of many other cultural institutions. That is why this film is important. Through this film we will preserve a segment of Harlem's cultural history for generations to come.
Other Ways You Can Help
We know times are hard. Some people just can’t contribute but you can still help us. You can help to rally support for the film. If you believe in what we're doing, Tweet this webpage address and POST IT ON FACEBOOK or on your blog. Use the Indiegogo "share tools" and post it on your favorite forum. Promote it any way you can! Then e-mail us at HarlemCCFilm@gmail.com. The person with the most creative promotion will get a Harlem Cultural Council "Jazzy Lion/Lioness" credit in the film credits!
And that’s all there is to it.