At the end of 2019, PBS affiliate WETA went behind the scenes of our documentary-in-progress, REUNION CHOIR. You can still watch our feature on WETA ARTS here: https://watch.weta.org/video/weta-arts-november-2019-5pjutf/ Scroll to 7:51 for our segment.
We started 2020 in production mode. In January, the Joyce Garrett Singers backed the one and only Diana Ross in her performances with the National Symphony Orchestra. Our REUNION CHOIR crew was there for the whole process, capturing this significant moment in Garrett’s career. REUNION CHOIR will chronicle Garrett’s tenure as director of the famed Eastern High School Choir, but it will also share her trajectory after retirement from teaching; she is one of the most sought after choral directors around. Garrett’s singers (including several Eastern alumni) rightly earned the Kennedy Center crowd’s rousing ovation and Ms. Ross’ kudos at each performance with her.
We kept the cameras rolling in February, our beloved Black History Month. This time we filmed in Philadelphia for WHAT’S IN A NAME?, our feature doc that is headed into postproduction. The Munir family invited us over for a send-off celebration for Baba Khalil, just before his Umrah pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca. In collaboration with Khalil (Jr.) Abdul Malik Raheem Munir, we’ve been following this multigenerational story of healing for more than a decade!
It’s wonderful to bear witness to creativity and healing; life stories and legacies. I love my job.
Yes, I screen grabbed this shot of Mrs. Garrett and I on WETA Arts.