Readers of this blog should know we’ve been working on a film since our inception. The story, which we have been calling, Turning Point, is a documentary about a city in North Carolina that got serious about its domestic violence problem. With documentaries, the power of the story sometimes reveals itself the further you get into the process. This is exactly what happened with our film team. At some point last year, we all came to the same conclusion: This story is bigger than us. We knew we had a tiger by the tail that deserved a mass audience and higher production values.
Today, after a few months of deliberation and putting the pieces together, we’re announcing we’re partnering with a world class documentary filmmaker to produce the High Point story. We’re starting over to create a feature film with an ambitious budget and with professionals who are expert filmmakers and storytellers. The amazing news is, we will continue to work on this project creatively. Our two directors will be filming and editing the story. My role will be to continue to advise on the story, and pitch in on fund-raising.
Our partner is The Documentary Group. The “Doc Group,” as its known in the film industry, is one of the leading documentary filmmakers in the world. The company was founded in 2006 by core members of PJ Productions following the death of legendary broadcaster Peter Jennings. The producers and directors were the team behind Jennings’ documentaries at ABC News. We had our first meeting with the doc group in November, and decided to move forward together to tell this incredible story. This week, the film team is back in High Point kicking off the first of many on-location shoots.
Our producer on the film, Tom Yellin, was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Cartel Land. Cartel Land is a feature documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. It has since won a series of high profile industry recognition awards and accolades including the 2015 George Polk Award for Documentary Film. Next Sunday, February 28, we hope you’ll tune in to the Oscars and wish Tom well.
The High Point story has the potential to make a difference in the field of domestic violence unlike nothing else we could have imagined when we started thinking about fresh, new ways to look at this age-old social problem that results in injuries, broken families, and deaths every day. We hope you share in our excitement and anticipation for the completion of this game-changing story.