This is a campaign to help fund my feature length film, Answering the Call, a story of social history, family history, memories, conflict, injustice, and protest. I grew up hearing the story of my uncle's participation in the Selma protests in March 1965. It's a story that is treasured in our family – a personal connection we have to a momentous change in history. He answered a call from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., so I feel it's my duty to answer the call by preserving and documenting that story, for my family's children and future grandchildren.
The film will follow my uncle John Witeck as we travel back to Selma, Alabama to revisit his memories from 1965 and reflect on them today. By contributing to this project, you are helping to create a film that will document a collection of stories during that critical time. These personal accounts include listening to Dr. King at close range in Brown Chapel the days after Bloody Sunday, almost being beaten to death in a garage by angry locals, and having lunch with Reverend James Reeb just hours prior to his death at the hands of segregationists.
We will also be exploring the ways that voting rights have come under attack today. This topic is especially relevant with the rise in police shootings, mass incarceration across the country, and the passing of stricter voting registration laws. How much progress has been made since 1965 and are we as a nation striving to continue this progress? We plan to speak with as many credible sources on this as possible and weave these interviews into our trip back to Selma.
This is a story that needs to be told and I need your help to do it. My name is Brian Jenkins, and I own and operate Riot House Records and Pictures. My work has been published in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Dangerous Minds, Paste Magazine, BrooklynVegan, and Consequence of Sound. I recently produced my first feature length film: Records Collecting Dust. I am very excited about the team I have assembled for Answering the Call and can't wait to see what each team member will contribute.