It's hard to believe that we started this journey eight months ago. Every documentary film starts out with a premise that invariably expands and grows as you get deeper and deeper into knowing your subject. In getting to know Burk, we have had the pleasure of getting to know his significant other, Janet Kagan over this period of time. They both opened up their home and their lives to us. Janet preferred to stay in the background, but was always a significant force in the process of our production. Jethro and I are both so appreciative of the efforts put forth by Burk and Janet to support and allow us to really focus on the creation of this film.
In the process of documenting Burk, photographing members of the African American community in eastern North Carolina, we started to see the importance of what he was doing and by relation, what we were doing. Timing is an amazing thing if you are able to recognize that opportunities that are presented to you. It also happened that we were making this film during one of the most tumultuous times in our history with the presidential election and aftermath in its wake.
We were also blown away by how much work Burk has in his archives that has not seen the light of day. After one session of documenting him going thru the archives, I asked him where the work that we had seen had been published. He responded that he had shot if for himself. Basically, hardly anyone had every seen these. I found out that this was the case for quite a bit of his work. It affirmed my belief in the significance of his contribution to the medium. I have no doubt that everyone who sees our film will feel the same way.
Thank you for following our journey!