Photo: Nate Parker at Love Cemetery Re-opening Celebration, March 20, 2011 - Copyright 2011 Ben Galland

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I’m writing to say thank you and to show you what you’ve helped us accomplish in the last few months. See for yourself, and then let us know what you think. You’re part of our extended community and it’s you who’ve made whatever success we’re having possible. Whether you’ve donated money, good wishes, legal services, prayers, scotch tape, or emailed encouragement, you’ve helped, you’re part of our effort. You may have housed us and fed us, given us $25 or $25,000, or come with us to East Texas to clean up Love Cemetery. We are grateful for your help.

"Resurrecting Love: The Cemetery That Can Heal a Nation"

Bold and audacious a title as that might be, we came up with it because the way back into the cemetery is also the way back into a larger sense of community. The change in our title and subtitle says a lot about where we're headed with this film.

RECLAIMING THE ANCESTORS – On March 20th, 2011, over 100 people poured into Love Cemetery to reconsecrate this burial ground and to celebrate the end of a 4-year lockout. [More on this story here.] The weekend also marked the 138th anniversary of Wiley College. Our Resurrecting Love trailer helped a handful of Wiley Trustees discover that they have family in Love Cemetery too. See why Nate Parker, a rising Hollywood star, flew from L.A. with his wife, Sarah, and their baby daughter to be with us in Love Cemetery that day. Please click here to take a look at our 3 minute video of the celebration , shot by our director/filmmaker, my son Ben Galland. [In the photo from left to right: Allen Williams, China Galland, Doris Vittatoe, Nuthel Britton, Shundricka Love, Angelo Alexander]

Nate Parker joined our documentary film team as an Executive Producer. Nate Parker has officially signed on as an Executive Producer for our film. He is a rising star with a commitment to education and social justice. Nate has remained close to Wiley College ever since he co-starred with Denzel Washington and Forest Whittaker in The Great Debaters, based on the true story of Wiley’s 1935 championship debate team. Early next year, you’ll see Nate again in George Lucas’s latest film, “Red Tails”, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the famous WWII flyers. [In photo below from left to right: Nate Parker, China Galland, and Brian Favors at Wiley College's 138th Anniversary Dinner in Marshall, TX on March 19th, 2011.]

See why this year’s Oscar-nominated producer of the documentary “Poster Girl”, Mitchell Block, called us when he saw our early 5-minute trailer. Check out why Block pitched our film to HBO and got the Vice-President of HBO Docs to call us herself. Given the number of independent documentaries being made today - the fact that Resurrecting Love stands out enough to merit this level of attention is a good sign.

We make efficient and effective use of your tax-deductible donations.

We’ve cut nine (9) trailers in three months, some of which are viewable on line. We completed digitizing and logging over 160 hours of footage. We got 80 interviews transcribed and organized into binders. We met our goal of cutting almost 40 minutes of our footage for HBO, who has shown interest from viewing our trailer. We are now conversing with an LA producer about the rough cut.

We now have a Facebook Fan Page!

Please click "like" below to support us in building a fan base and to receive updates on our documentary's progress and release.
Recent Grant Award from the Summerlee Foundation: For our documentary, Resurrecting Love; for Sharon Styles’ documentary-in-progress, “Bull Hill Cemetery, Marlin, TX”; and for the design & concept of a conference: “Inalienable Rites: Reconsecrating Historic African American Burial Grounds,” a Conference on Reconstructing Community, Wiley College, Marshall, TX, weekend of 9-21-12.

Your Support!

Help us to complete this great film to strengthen our spirits and firmly plant and spread the ultimate message of our work:

"You've got to choose love when there's reason to hate, you've got to CHOOSE love."

Some of you have given us your attention and praise; some of you have given us dollars. We are grateful for your support, however you’ve been moved to express it. Your enthusiasm has brought a level of attention to the cause of Resurrecting Lovethat would have been impossible to receive otherwise.

If you like what you've seen, please help us complete Resurrecting Love. We need money and enthusiasm, tax-deductible donations, online or by mail. Also, postings on your facebook page, if you have one, or emails letting others know about Love are greatly appreciated. Not everyone can send funds. We welcome all forms of support. We’re in the process of raising $75,000 to complete a rough cut of the entire film in three months. That’s 90 days. Count them, starting September 1st.

We need to complete this next step of finishing the rough cut. We’re going all out and mounting an Internet campaign as well – “crowd-funding” it’s called – a Kickstarter campaign, to supplement this request for donations. We’re opening up to investors, giving you the possibility of getting your money back and earning royalties. Let’s make it happen!

Please make your donation online through the by clicking here. Some donors prefer to write a checks, especially our larger donors. Please make out your check to the The San Francisco Film Society and please write "For Resurrecting Love Film" in the memo line of the check. Mailed to: Attn: Finance Department of the San Francisco Film Society, Suite 110, 39 Mesa Street. The Presidio. San Francisco, CA, 94129. Phone: 415-561-5000. [All donations, whether online or by check are fully tax-deductible within the extent of the law]. The Keepers of Love sends a personal thank you note no matter what amount you donate, large or small, we are grateful for each and every contribution people make.
When you make a tax-deductible donation to our non-profit sponsor, the San Francisco Film Society, on behalf of Resurrecting Love, $10 of every donation will go to the Love Cemetery Burial Association itself.
October 29th, 2010, I spoke at the Harvard Foundation on my book, Love Cemetery: Unburying the Secret History of Slaves, and showed clips from Resurrecting Love, our documentary work in progress. Dr. Mark Auslander, former head of Cultural Anthropology at Brandeis University, nationally known expert on African American and African burial grounds, joined me at the podium for discussion. Check out his new book, "The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family", by clicking here. The evening ended with the humbling experience of being presented with the national "Courage of Conscience" Award by Dot Walsh from the Peace Abbey of Sherborn, MA. Receiving the award made me part of a circle that includes the Dalai Lama, Dr. Paul Farmer, Maya Angelou, Mother Theresa, and the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. Click here to view a 5 minute video of this speaking engagement and award ceremony.

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