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David Hylan and Raydra Hall have spent four years bringing this invaluable historical story of bravery, sacrifice, and anger to the public eye. Maya Angelou once said, “When you know better, you do better.” The filmmakers’ desire is to make sure we know better so we can do better. That is the impetus for making sure a large audience sees and never forgets this part of our history.
What an amazing journey we have been on for the last several months! We've been in film festivals across the country and across the globe. Most recently, we've been accepted into the NewFilmmakers New York Festival for the end of September. We are currently preparing for our trip to Toronto for the ReelHeART International Film Festival. Our film is making a very real impact everywhere we show it and we could not be more proud.
We've received four awards so far: Audience Favorite Best Documentary at the North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Jury Favorite Documentary at the Pride Film Festival in College Station, TX, the Gittings International Human Rights Award at qFLIX in Philadelphia, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) Documentary of the Year in Baton Rouge. We feel so honored for the recognition that we have received for telling such a compelling story. It's more than we ever imagined.
We had a wonderful time in Glasgow, Scotland. Not only did we have a Q&A after the screening of our film, festival officials invited us to speak on a separate panel about how prejudice pushes positive action. We were joined by four of the principals from Small Town Rage - Gary Cathey, Robert Darrow, Bryan Sullivan, and Alana Oldham. They all did a beautiful job on the two panels.
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David & Raydra