After making an additional longer version of The Mighty Rams, we announced earlier this year an increased effort on our part to seek broader awareness of The Mighty Rams documentary through various distribution channels. We currently have both the short version (23+ minutes) and long version (43+ minutes) available for rent or purchase on Vimeo. In addition, we are in active discussions with one of the top aggregators (Distribber). Finally and with a local focus, today we had some good discussions with the Honorable Mayor of Charleston John Tecklenburg and First Lady Sandy Tecklenburg regarding various ideas to leverage our learnings for the benefit of Charleston and SC.
We continue to be excited about the possibilities to share our history and inspire others - and are hopeful that someone who shares our passion may have interest to take the film from documentary to a feature.
Today we were honored to share The Mighty Rams with my SAE Fraternity Brothers during their 2017 Province Rho Leadership School weekend meeting. As always, we started with an introduction to set the context, viewed the film and followed with a Q&A session. Given the focus on leadership, we talked quite a bit about what it takes to be a good leader and what it took us as leaders during our time to come together and make intentional decisions about leading a significant change with potentially explosive results.
"The 1974 James Island Rams state championship team is being honored August 19th at the school's (now James Island Charter High School Trojans) opening season game against St. Johns. While the ceremony will occur at halftime, The Mighty Rams documentary of the team's experiences overcoming racial strife and rioting in the '70s will be shown to the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams prior to the game."
"The Mighty Rams had an opportunity today to show the documentary to the Roddy White 'Keep The Faith Foundation' summer camp participants. This is an annual event sponsored by Roddy White (formerly with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and a product of James Island) and is perfect example of the producer's stated objective to support youth athletics. Antonio Ladson, Board Member of the Foundation stated "It was definitely great having you at the camp...and we look forward to working with you in a greater capacity."
We are extremely excited to announce that we have been selected to participate in the 7th Annual Charleston Film Festival at the Terrace Theatre weekend of March 11th, 2016. The Mighty Rams will be featured in two prime slots - Friday, March 11 at 7PM and Sunday, March 13 at 2:30PM. We will follow each showing with a Q&A session. Mark your calendars, join us and share with your friends. We will not only be sharing an inspiring story; we'll also be sharing what we learned from those experiences then and how what we learned is relevant today!
We are also excited to provide our first private screening in an educational environment - on February 26th, we will be spending the day with 8th graders at Fort Johnson High School. We will provide The Mighty Rams screening and Q&A within the context of Black History Month. The celebration of Black History Week and the resulting confusion was one of the key issues causing the 1st big fight at James Island High School in 1971. The celebration the year after led to the full-blown riot in 1972.
Finally, we are also excited to mention that we will be providing a private screening February 27th at the Annual Sigma Alpha Epsilon, State of South Carolina Leadership School being hosted by the College of Charleston Chapter.