The words of Maya Angelou become almost second skin. Once you make acquaintance with them, you are instantly family. You will return to them, again and again, for protection, for direction, and clarity.
The late Dr. Angelou’s extraordinary life spanned the Jim Crow South, the Civil Rights and the Women’s Movements. She penned 37 books, was the first African American woman to have a non-fiction best-seller, and was the poet laureate of this nation. The forever-impact of her work has been not only on the American literary canon, but felt throughout all of mainstream culture.
The first-ever documentary on the songbird, poet, and activist is set to premiere in the new year on PBS’s American Masters series, but the production needs your help. The film’s creative team, comprised of dear friends who knew Dr. Angelou best, have launched a Kickstarter campaign in an attempt to cover necessary remaining costs. Up until now, the first half of production has been funded out of the team’s pocket and through grants, but expenses still remain for final edits, mixing, and color correction, as well as securing archival licensing rights.
“This is a documentary for those who miss Dr. Angelou’s voice, and for future generations who need to hear her impactful words. Help us memorialize Dr. Angelou—her work, her life, her legacy.” the directors, Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules, wrote on their Kickstarter page.
The goal is to raise $150,000 by December 1. If the documentary is unable to rally all of the financial support needed by that date, it won’t be able to broadcast on PBS in 2016 as planned.
With just about a week to left to reach its goal, we want to help this well-deserving campaign get some shine. Check out the pitch video below and consider supporting The Maya Angelou Documentary.