Personal History Examples
Here are some examples of personal history projects we have completed recently. Profiles can be done on anyone with a story to tell!
Trailer for Granny's Got Game - Documentary Feature and Short by Angela Alford
Granny's Got Game tells the story of a senior women's basketball team in North Carolina. These fiercely competitive women in their seventies battle physical limitations and social stigma to keep doing what they love. They started playing 6-on-6 girls’ basketball in the 1950s but stopped after high school as there were no opportunities to keep playing in those days. Now they must learn a new, physical style of play while overcoming the skepticism of their peers. The team has had great success together over the last two decades, winning a multitude of medals in senior games tournaments across the country. Just like so many younger sports teams, this one includes a bossy captain, a guard who never runs the plays correctly, a tentative post-player, and a benchwarmer who wants to play more than anyone. As teammates and friends,they support each other off the court through the difficulties that accompany aging, such as breast cancer and widowhood. These women are more than a team. They are a family. The film follows them for a yearlong season culminating in a nearly disastrous trip to the National Senior Games Championship in Houston, Texas.
Granny's Got Game played at film festivals across the United States and in Europe. The short film has been distributed by LUNAFEST, the Spiritual Cinema Circle, and the Shorts HD channel. The feature length version of the film is distributed by FilmBuff and is available for rent or purchase on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and other popular digital platforms.
The Honorable Ellie Kinnaird - Documentary Short by Martha J. Moore
This biographical profile recounts the remarkable journey of Ellie Kinnaird, from conventional Midwestern 1930's upbringing and life as a 1950's suburban housewife and mother, to an esteemed, nationally recognized political progressive in the South. Empowered in the 1970s by the women's liberation movement, Kinnaird became a prominent attorney and a courageous, outspoken advocate for social justice, the environment, education and campaign finance reform. She served four terms as mayor of Carrboro, NC and eight terms as a North Carolina state senator representing the 23rd District. The documentary follows her in 2013 -- in what would become her final, tumultuous year in public office -- Kinnaird resigned her senate seat in protest to the extreme conservative Republican agenda. At the age of 82, she is spearheading a grassroots effort to combat the restrictive NC Voter ID law and fight from the outside to transform the NC State Legislature.