Just before the holidays, Friends of Dreamland was informed that AETN received a grant of almost $25,000 from the Arkansas Humanities Council to produce a documentary about Dreamland Ballroom. The production will look at the cultural significance of the ballroom in Arkansas black history and explore “The Line” that separated the black and white communities of Little Rock.
The documentary will be produced by Mark Wilcken, who recently won three Regional Emmy Awards for his documentary, “Clean Lines, Open Spaces”. The Director of Photography is award winning Cinematographer, Gabe Mayhan who worked with Wilcken on “Clean Lines, Open Spaces”.
The team will begin shooting in January 2013 and continue through most of the year. Look for the cameras at our upcoming events and smile!
Advisors on the project include:
- Vanessa Norton McKuin, Executive Director of Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas
- Berna Love, Professor of Arkansas History at Pulaski Technical College
- Ralph Wilcox – National Register/Survey Coordinator, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
- Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch – Professor of African-American History, Women’s History, ASU Jonesboro
- Tom Richeson – Professor of Music, University of Arkansas at Little Rock