In East Texas, an illegal 40-year lockout of African-Americans from their family burial grounds challenges descendants still.
Why is this important?
We are haunted by the contradictions of our past.
Echoes of slave-holding culture that once thrived in the U.S. and Texas continue in this 21st century story of elders and young people - black and white - joining together to reclaim this historic cemetery named Love.
Events need storytellers. The Civil Rights movement succeeded, in part, because the importance of its story was recognized and told in print, photographs, and film, shocking people and catalyzing action once it was known.
Resurrecting Love is a story transforming racial conflict from the rich soil of a 175 year old African-American cemetery that includes people who were enslaved into a community and educational opportunity spanning generations and diverse faiths.
Stories can touch the heart. Getting this story into the world can provide a model for a national audience.
3 Minute Excerpt from the Film
It's an Ongoing Struggle
It’s time we reckon with our history, wrestle it to the ground, like Jacob wrestling with the Angel in the Old Testament.
We need to take hold of our contradictory history and refuse to let go until we are given a new understanding of ourselves, one that can be a basis for our future as a country. [Read More]
Wiley College & East Texas Baptist University students at a Clean-up Event at Love Cemetary.
Next Cleanup: March 28th
What's New with the Film?
In revising our earlier version of "Resurrecting Love" this summer, I had the good fortune to be introduced to two highly experienced film professionals, Paul Dixon and Lillian Benson. They have agreed to collaborate with me on “Resurrecting Love”. This new three-minute excerpt [above] has sample narration, archival footage, and music from the new point in the story we begin our film.
In an extensive career as a film editor, Paul has received four Emmy nominations and the American Cinema Editors Eddie Award twice. His television credits include “Hill Street Blues”, “L.A. Law” and the Emmy-winning “Door To Door”. Some of his feature credits include "Angels in the Outfield" and "Mallrats."
Film editor, Lillian Benson has edited some of the most prestigious documentaries on television, including the acclaimed civil rights series “Eyes On the Prize II” for which she was nominated for an Emmy. She's contributed to films that have garnered four Peabody Awards, five Emmy nominations, and numerous other honors. Lillian is the first African-American female member of American Cinema Editors. Paul is directing the re-edit of the film with Lillian as editor.
Paul Dixon and Lillian Benson are taking our footage to an exciting new level.
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Special Thanks to
Frances Verhalen and Don Smith
Wyna J. Baron
Joel Axelrod and Judy Shih
Donald O. and Ronald R. Collins
Kathy Barry & Bob Burnett
About The Film
China Galland with Love Cemetary family descendant Shundrika Love and Archie Rison.
Perspectives on the Film
"Love Cemetery doesn’t stand alone, it represents a connection to an essential part of American history that needs to be written, told and marked with honor in our collective history [read more]"
Danielle Drake Burnette,
"This documentary centers on an obvious and easily understood human dilemma: how we honor the dead."
Founder of "Be Present"