When she was growing up in Oklahoma City, director Julia Clifford knew little about the origins of the local lunch room sit-ins that played a major part in the Civil Rights Movement. But at a point when she was disillusioned about the direction of the country, Clifford learned from her parents about the children who were part of the movement at the beginning and found inspiration in their accounts.
“I first heard the story five years ago while visiting my parents. I asked my father what his most memorable moments were throughout his life,” Clifford said in a press statement. “He started talking about getting involved in sit-ins in Oklahoma City in 1960. I grew up in Oklahoma, yet I had never heard about the sit-ins taking place there. I started to research and the more I found out, the larger that glimmer of hope grew.”
Clifford is nearly finished with “The Faces of Change,” a documentary about children of the Civil Rights Movement, but a few key elements are missing. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation will hold a fundraiser for the film at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the foundation's offices, 1000 N Broadway.
The event will help raise funds to cover the cost of archival footage, a film score and color mastering, as well as hiring a narrator. Clifford, who will discuss the film during the fundraiser, is hoping to hire Morgan Freeman.
“What I want to accomplish in making this film is to show national and international audiences just how we do make a difference,” Clifford said. “Even if our actions are not bold or dramatic, but are steady, incremental nudges to the government and policy makers in the direction that brings back our freedoms.”
Tickets to the “Faces of Change” fundraiser are $20 and limited to 120 patrons. For more information and ticket reservations, call 305-7837.