The crew had the privilege of visiting Central High School in Little Rock this summer. Coinciding the shoot with the a week-long Civil Rights Teacher’s Institute in Little Rock, the Video Arts crew and Project Manager Carl Oberholtzer were able to interview the current U.S. District Court Judge Bill Wilson, Jodi Morris, a daughter of one of the National Guardsman, Robin Luecks, a friend of the Little Rock Nine students, and Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine.
One of the highlights of the trip for the crew was meeting Minnijean. “We will never forget the memories she shared with us from her time at Central High School” says Art Phillips, Director/Producer for the project.
The community of Little Rock was very helpful in attaining access to Central High School and the courthouse where Judge Davies’ historical decisions on desegregation were made.
“It was pretty amazing” says Director of Photography Marty Halgrimson, “to be video capturing life size statues of the Little Rock Nine, knowing these courageous individuals as they are today.”
According to crew members Art, Marty and John, “the trip was life-changing”.