Filmmaker Muta’Ali is raising funds to complete a documentary film about his grandparents, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis: Life’s Essentials. He is half way there and he needs help from the New Rochelle community.
To assist in that effort, New Rochelle Councilman Jared Rice will host a special screening of the trailer for Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee this Friday, June 22nd at the Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library at 7:00 p.m. sharp. The screening will include a preview trailer and commentary from Muta’Ali who will share the vision of the documentary.
If you would like to attend, RSVP to LifesEssentialsDocs@gmail.com.
The funding for the project is being done through a company called Kickstarter. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. This way, no one is expected to develop a project with an insufficient budget and money is not spent until all the money to complete the project is in place. Projects can always raise more than their goal, and often do.
Kickstarter: Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Documentary
THIS PROJECT WILL ONLY BE FUNDED IF AT LEAST $50,000 IS PLEDGED BY SATURDAY JUN 30
$25,132 PLEDGED OF $50,000 GOAL
8 DAYS TO GO
Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee carries the legacy of Ossie Davis & Ruby dee forward for the first time in feature documentary form
Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee are legends of the stage and screen. Throughout their careers, which span over six decades, Ossie & Ruby have helped pave the way for generations of young black actors, filmmakers and activists.
The hope is to, through documenting their story, discover the secrets of divine love; romantic, professional, spiritual, communal, and self love. By telling the story of their marvelous lives and juxtaposing past with present, I’ll learn for myself and everyone who looks on what is essential to life and to love.
We will screen a portion of this documentary at a reception/screening in New York this October 2012 to honor my grandmother on her 90th birthday (October 27th, 2012).