The Bending the Arc Project explores the long struggle against racism in Alabama, featuring the stories of both African Americans and a small group of little-known white allies who fought for racial justice during the Civil Rights Movement.
The project was created and is managed by producer/director Pam Powell and producer/videographer David Brower, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham.
The centerpiece of the project is a seven-part documentary miniseries.

Film Team

Pam Powell

Director & Producer

After a 32-year career as a feature writer, university magazine editor, and director of publications and periodicals at UAB, Pam Powell began telling stories via video, audio, and photography in 2009; she has produced several multi-chapter biographical films (life stories captured through video interviews and archival media) and has produced numerous short video features. Since 2014, she has conducted more than 150 full life-story interviews and edited some of this footage into video features about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham and other topics. Bending the Arc is her first documentary miniseries; she serves as director, co-producer, writer, photographer/videographer, and one of the two primary editors of the film.

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David Brower

Producer

David Brower has spent four decades filming, directing and producing commercials, documentaries, narrative shorts and feature films, accumulating many awards. Growing up in Chicago, then living and working in Phoenix, he moved to Birmingham 25 years ago. He has been involved with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham through the years (for his children and for social justice issues), without ever joining the congregation, giving him both a familiarity and an objective perspective on the church. He hopes this film will inspire people to continue to fight for equal justice for everyone. He serves as co-producer, videographer, photographer, and one of the two primary editors of the film.

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David Brower

Producer

David Brower has spent four decades filming, directing and producing commercials, documentaries, narrative shorts and feature films, accumulating many awards. Growing up in Chicago, then living and working in Phoenix, he moved to Birmingham 25 years ago. He has been involved with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham through the years (for his children and for social justice issues), without ever joining the congregation, giving him both a familiarity and an objective perspective on the church. He hopes this film will inspire people to continue to fight for equal justice for everyone. He serves as co-producer, videographer, photographer, and one of the two primary editors of the film.

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Shannon Leutzinger

Graphic & Web Designer

 

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Gail Short

Research & Content Partner

 

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Dr Marilyn Kurata

Advisory Board

 

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Dr Lynda Wilson

Advisory Board

 

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Dr Diane Tucker

Advisory Board

 

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Tanya Turner Bell

Advisory Board

 

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Antoine Bell

Advisory Board

 

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Virginia Volker

Advisory Board

 

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Dr Jeanne Weaver

Advisory Board

 

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Holly Hilton

Advisory Board

 

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Rev Julie Conrady

Advisory Board

 

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Unitarian Universalists were involved in the Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, the movement continues.

Unitarian Universalists were involved in the Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, the movement continues.

Financial Team

Robert Bradley
Jennie Moffitt

Consultants

Dr. Robert Corley
Michele Forman
Pamela Sterne King

Production Assistants

Nathan Fallin
Lance Ledbetter

Publicity Team

John Powell
Pam Powell
Rev. Julie Conrady
Dr. Marilyn Kurata
Antoine Bell
Tanya Turner Bell
Shannon Leutzinger
Samantha Lalak
David Brower
Holly Hilton

Legal Services

The Law Firm of Stacey A. Davis

Funding Information

The Bending the Arc Project (Bending the Arc, LLC) is a non-profit enterprise directed by Pam Powell and David Brower and managed in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham. The project is supported entirely by donations, grants, and gifts, with no profit flowing to the directors or producers. The sole goal of the project is to promote racial justice and human rights through storytelling—capturing the voices and memories of people who lived through segregation in Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as people who have studied that time and its relevance to the challenges we face today.

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Washington University in St. Louis Libraries

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The Alabama Humanities Foundation

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The Alabama State Council on the Arts

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Dr. Cameron Vowell

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Ms. Tracy Martin

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Ms. Gerda Carmichael

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Dr. Charles Turnbough

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Ms. Alice Thigpen

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Dr. Diane Tucker

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Dr. Juanzetta Flowers

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Dr. Robert Koehler and Ms. Barbara Koehler

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Dr. David Corliss and Ms. Linda Corliss

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Rev. Gail Stratton

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Dr. Susan Bellis

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The Unitarian Universalist Association

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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham

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The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Blacksburg, Virginia

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donors

 

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Washington University in St. Louis Libraries

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The Alabama Humanities Foundation

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The Alabama State Council on the Arts

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Dr. Cameron Vowell

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Ms. Tracy Martin

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Ms. Gerda Carmichael

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Dr. Charles Turnbough

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Ms. Alice Thigpen

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Dr. Diane Tucker

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Dr. Juanzetta Flowers

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Dr. Robert Koehler and Ms. Barbara Koehler

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Dr. David Corliss and Ms. Linda Corliss

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Rev. Gail Stratton

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Dr. Susan Bellis

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The Unitarian Universalist Association

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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham

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The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Blacksburg, Virginia

Additional
Donors

 

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Colin Albea

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Lisa and Jim Albea

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Laura Anderson

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Amy Badham

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Tara and John Bawden

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Rev. Ed Brock

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Henna Budhwani

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Rev. John Buehrens

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Debra and Mike Burrell

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Lin Carleen

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Michael and Glynda Cosky

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Franciska Dyck

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Dr. Andrew Duxbury

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Dr. Marion Fintel

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Dr. Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith

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Judy Gibson

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Nancy Grove

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Melissa and Anthony Hamley

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Fred Hammond

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Ryan Harrison

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Holly Hilton

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Seanan Holland

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Linda James

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Dr. George Klersey and Ms. Mary Ann Plant

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Joe Knott

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Dr. Marilyn Kurata and Bob Bradley

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Ms. Becky Laurent and Dr. John Laurent

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Ms. Marcella Little and Dr. Dale Little

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Alice Lizee

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Karen LoBracco

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Paul and Marcia Mancill

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Margie McDermott

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Jackie Mazzara

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Ellen Meadows

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Julia Mortenson

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Edna Nagy

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Agnes Pollock

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Kim Spidell

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Lyn Stafford

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Patti and Jim Steelman

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Pam Tilly

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Rev. Ruth Vann Lillian

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Virginia Volker

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Dr. Jeanne Weaver

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Dr. John Whitman

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Janice Williams

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Dr. Mary Williams

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Dr. Lynda Wilson and Dr. Craig Wilson

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Donors

 

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Colin Albea

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Lisa and Jim Albea

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Laura Anderson

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Amy Badham

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Tara and John Bawden

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Rev. Ed Brock

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Henna Budhwani

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Rev. John Buehrens

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Debra and Mike Burrell

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Lin Carleen

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Michael and Glynda Cosky

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Franciska Dyck

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Dr. Andrew Duxbury

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Dr. Marion Fintel

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Dr. Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith

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Judy Gibson

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Nancy Grove

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Melissa and Anthony Hamley

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Fred Hammond

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Ryan Harrison

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Holly Hilton

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Seanan Holland

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Linda James

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Dr. George Klersey and Ms. Mary Ann Plant

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Joe Knott

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Dr. Marilyn Kurata and Bob Bradley

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Ms. Becky Laurent and Dr. John Laurent

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Ms. Marcella Little and Dr. Dale Little

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Alice Lizee

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Karen LoBracco

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Paul and Marcia Mancill

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Margie McDermott

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Jackie Mazzara

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Ellen Meadows

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Julia Mortenson

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Edna Nagy

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Agnes Pollock

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Kim Spidell

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Lyn Stafford

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Patti and Jim Steelman

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Pam Tilly

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Rev. Ruth Vann Lillian

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Virginia Volker

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Dr. Jeanne Weaver

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Dr. John Whitman

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Janice Williams

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Dr. Mary Williams

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Dr. Lynda Wilson and Dr. Craig Wilson

Behind the scenes

102

hours of film

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72

voices interviewed

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7

mini-series films

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promoting racial equality and continuing to challenge racism in all of its forms.