Producers and long-time friends Whitney Dow and Marco Williams (Two Tone Productions) discuss the making of their film Two Towns of Jasper, a documentary about the racially motivated murder of James Byrd, who in 1998 was dragged to his death after being beaten then chained to the back of a pick-up truck in Jasper, Texas.
The filmmakers present the first 25 minutes of their film, discuss the "manifesto" they created to guide the production of their Peabody Award-winning documentary, and answer questions from the audience about the project.
This session is moderated by Gianofer Fields.
Prior to forming Two Tone Productions, Whitney Dow spent ten years in the industrial and commercial world, directing over 200 shorts and commercials. In addition to directing such films as Two Towns of Jasper, I Sit Where I Want, and Unfinished Country, he has produced numorous films including Freedom Summer, Banished, and Toots.
Marco Williams is currently an associate arts rofessor at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Prior to forming Two Tone Productions, Williams was a professor at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He's directed a number of award winning documentary and narrative films, including In Search of Our Fathers, From Harlem to Harvard, and Without a Pass.