The Harriet Tubman Haiku Film Project will be the first in a line of projects using the Haiku form along with the medium of film to reveal the herstory and history of African people in the Americas. We have made a commitment to the “50/50 for 2020” Film Industry hiring challenge by engaging Black women film creatives at every stage in the making of this project.
Harriet Tubman Haiku Film Project (working title) is a meditation on nature, history and resistance. Professor Sanchez’s words speak to us today as many in America struggle to find their own liberation. The imagery is meant to heal and aid the viewer in reflection upon the text. The version on display today is a short sample of the concept. More voice recording, music, additional footage and archival material will be added in the coming months.
As we move the project forward, we seek funding to film the escape route Harriet Tubman traversed from the Eastern Shore, to Philadelphia and onward to Canada. We will photograph the night sky and show the constellations Harriet Tubman used to guide Africans on the Underground Railroad at night. The natural landscapes and night sky will be intercut with footage of archival materials such as maps of Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and Canada in the 1850’s.
Two versions with an experimental jazz sound track will be created: an 8 to 12 minute High Definition [HD] film for internet streaming, and traditional classroom use; and an 8 to 12 minute Digital Dome Film version for planetarium and digital dome classrooms.
Why are we creating a version for planetariums? The night sky was an essential guide for enslaved Africans who made their bid for freedom. Individuals and groups who escaped traveled mostly at night to avoid being captured. The effect of being surrounded by sound and images in a planetarium, or digital dome environment, will yield a greater emotional impact upon the viewer.
The first 25 supporters who donate $60 or more will be listed in the credits! If you are interested in making a donation to the project click on this link to our national fiscal conduit FRACTURED ATLAS. Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of Haiku Film Project are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Thank you!
Work-in-Progress at the Painted Bride Art Center
We projected on gallery walls our three-and-a-half minute work-in-progress at the Painted Bride Art Center, Friday December 7th, 2018 at “The What’s Happening Happening”. Creative Team – Sonia Sanchez, poet/performer/producer; Nadine Patterson, camera/editor/director; Marlene G. Patterson, researcher/executive producer; Stephanie Malson, camera. Tech – Shot with the Panasonic GH4. Photos by Nadine Patterson and Charline Cravison.