I finally have a moment to begin reflecting on the premiere of “The Grant Green Story” at the Harlem International Film Festival (HIFF). So much happened during my recent visit to New York. I was quite ill throughout the visit and am still gaining my strength. I am about 85 percent better. Nasty flu.
I am mostly feeling like it was pure magic in terms of watching it come together on the big screen.
Sharing it with old and new friends was also a wonderful experience.
For years when I volunteered for the Sundance Film Festival, I’d see filmmakers standing for Q & As after their films were shown. The delay of the premiere of the film on Grant was sometimes in the back of my mind as I listened to their stories. Again, work first began on this film in 1994.
I think I just feel relieved to have shared it with others and look forward to future screenings. There are still ways to make the project better and I’ll be thinking deeply about how to do that. In the meantime, it’s just a great feeling to see something to the finish line. I could say more, but I’ll leave it there. My comments posted on the film’s Facebook page were pretty exhaustive.
A special shout-out to Grant Green Jr., Lacy James, Jesse Childs, and Sasha Michkovsky for your contributions to this work. And to Sandi Perlmutter, John Beeler, Stephanie Gonzalez, and so many others mentioned on the Facebook post, thanks for being there.
Stay tuned for upcoming posts on the cool parade I saw in Harlem and my visit to the Studio Museum of Harlem to see the Alma Thomas exhibit.