Monday, January 08, 2007

Growing Up Racial - surprise appearance

Nearly a year ago, I thought I was revitalizing that project. As it turns out, I didn't. But over Christmas break, it made a surprise resurgence. A neighbor told me he had seen it either on the IFC or Sundance Channel. I believe him, because he proceeded to describe it to me. This surprises me, because I never heard anything about this.

It was my understanding that the Higher Education Channel would debut the 30 min version and had the rights to play it a couple times, but I had assumed they had played it in 2003. (I didn't have cable at the time (and now, once again, I don't). I've searched the web-sites for all three and have seen no mention. Odd. Who played my material? And why didn't the tell me? This is something I need to figure out in the next couple of weeks.

Part of me wants the short 30 min version to be buried, never to be exhumed, but that's the same part of me that insists that someday I'm going to revisit and finish the project. Who knows what I really want?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Aaron, I live in UCity & saw your movie a week ago. UCity library has 1 copy & right now it's in high demand. Is it available anywhere else??

UCity, MO 63130

4:51 PM  
Blogger aaron said...

What do you mean, "high demand?". I'm curious...

As far as distribution, currently this video should only be available in the places that CALOP (the U. City based organization that gave me a grant) has made it available - Charter Cable/HEC, and the U. City Library.

As per the post, I'm not sure if that's really the extent of its spread or not. I wasn't able to uncover anything else, although CALOP has told me that films they funded were licensed to be shown more than twice. If its still being shown, as appears to be the case, that means it's probably in a general rotating pool on whatever Charter channel shows CALOP funded videos.

I did complete a longer 45 minute cut of the video which was the one I was distributing. It was different from the CALOP version, but I'm not currently distributing either version in any concerted fashion.

I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on it though. You can write me off-blog at:

GUR at stripmindmedia. net

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 'sort of' in a group looking at Ucity schools & I am particularly interested in how white privilege & racism are holding back our community.
By high demand I mean there is a waiting list at the library! How can I get the longer version?

You really made a great film!

Mary Hovland
UCity, MO 63130

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Aaron,
I also saw your movie (the 30 minute version, rented from the U City library) -- very enlightening! We are an inter-racial couple (white and Asian) who are about your age and moved to U City last year from San Francisco (you and we switched places, I guess!) As you probably realize, the Bay Area is a diversity mecca; are you doing more with the diversity issue in your new setting?
Also, just to let you know, your documentary was brought up at a recent UCity schools meeting on racial relations. You are truly having an influence!
Good luck with your current pursuits and thanks for making this movie!

8:57 AM  
Blogger aaron said...


I'm glad you found it enlightening. I'd really be curious to hear how it played to you, and what it made you think about. In what context was it mentioned at the meeting on race relations? What were the issues you all were talking about?

I haven't been working on race issues in the Bay Area much, tho I do have some possibilities in the near future. Although Oakland feels a lot like University City in many ways, there's a lot of race stuff going on here that isn't going on there.

1:27 PM  

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