Update on the Inherit the Land Documentary from Author Gene Stowe


I am delighted to tell you that we are making great strides toward financing the documentary, even in the midst of the obstacles we all face. We have received a NC Cares for the Arts grant thanks to the unwavering support of Barbara Faulk and the Union County Community Arts Council, in addition to our Grassroots grant. We have also secured another investor in the project – a total of more than $80,000 in new money. We have also decided to use courtroom sketch art with voiceover for scenes in the courtroom that we cannot film because of COVID-19, saving considerable time and money.

All this means we are on the verge of home-stretch production for Inherit the Land. The final quality will depend on support and investment we receive now – music, scenes, art, voices, images, etc. We expect to premiere this documentary next year, the centennial year of the trial.

This train has been idling in the station for nearly a year since the trailer debuted and COVID-19 emerged. This is your chance to put your name on the documentary, to tell it to the world, to share in its returns. Maybe you sensed no urgency and just haven’t gotten around to participating. Maybe your own circumstances have recovered since the nadir of March and you are in a better position to help. Maybe you see more clearly, amid this year’s reckoning on racial injustice, the power of this story to help heal and build our nation. In any case, the time is now. Together, we can produce a film worthy of Maggie and Mittie.

We have slightly revised the rewards of participation. Here they are:

1.     $100.00           Autographed hardcover book

2.     $250.00           Name in closing credits (includes autographed hardcover book)

3.     $500.00           Coffee table picture book with pictures and documents from the events surrounding the story (includes autographed hardcover book and name in closing credits)

4.     $500.00           Special tour of Union County courthouse, Marvin points of interest (includes autographed hardcover book and name in closing credits) (transportation and hotel not provided)

5.     $750.00           Special CD of the making of Inherit the Land including scenes not shown in the film, Director notes, cue sheets, script pages, etc. (includes autographed hardcover book and name in closing credits)

6.     $1,000.00        Premiere at renovated Dowd Center Theatre in Monroe with after-party (includes autographed hardcover book, name in closing credits and special CD) (transportation and hotel not provided)

7.     $2,500.00        Dinner with cast and team in Monroe (includes autographed hardcover book, name in closing credits, special CD and entrance to the premier at the Dowd Center Theatre in Monroe) (transportation and hotel not provided)

8.     $5,000.00        Company logo in opening credits (includes autographed hardcover book, coffee table book, special CD, entrance to the premier at the Dowd Center Theatre in Monroe and dinner with the cast and team in Monroe)

9.     $10,000.00      Executive Producer credit plus 1% of net documentary profits per $10k, first opportunity to invest in a future movie, special CD of the making of Inherit the Land including scenes not shown in the film, director notes, cue sheets, script pages, etc.

10.  $25,000.00      3% of net profits.

11.  $50,000.00      6% of net profits.

Checks payable to Inherit the Land, 1632, Pageland Highway, Monroe, NC  28112.
Email or phone 980.425.8633 for more information.

What is Inherit the Land?

The Village of Marvin is at the heart of the most uplifting racial harmony story in Southern history, a love between two families that kept Jim Crow away from the community to the present day. Two antebellum sisters who lived in a mansion between Banks Presbyterian and Marvin Methodist, where the Village Hall is now, bequeathed their 800-acre homeplace on Crane Road, including the site of Marvin Efird Park, to an African-American family who had been their closest friends since 1875. The woman also owned 600 acres on both sides of New Town Road between their home and Crane Road; many of you live on that land. When more than 100 cousins sued to break the will, a white jury in Monroe upheld it after a sensational two-week trial in 1921. White and black landowning farmers flourished through the 20th century while hatred and violence convulsed much of the nation.
Former Charlotte Observer reporter Gene Stowe told the story in Inherit the Land: Jim Crow Meets Miss Maggie’s Will, published in 2006. Now a top-tier production company is making a documentary of the story, with on-location filming in Marvin and Monroe, that will be a model to the nation of how to transcend division and thrive together. The budget for a film worthy of this story is $300,000. We are offering donors and investors an opportunity to ensure the success of this story that will elevate the reputation of our community across the county.

To Donate & Learn More About the Inherit the Land Documentary

Click Here to Donate to the film's Indiegogo Campaign

Click Here to Watch the trailer of the documentary on YouTube

For more information about the story and documentary, including dozens of historic images, please go to:
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