MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Local 24 News Reporter Rebecca Butcher had the chance to sit down with Daphene McFerren to discuss an upcoming, full-length feature surrounding the life and accomplishments of Ida B. Wells.
Wells was an African-American investigative journalist in the1800s who reported on lynchings in Memphis. She was an early leader in whatbecame known as the American Civil Rights Movement.
McFerren serves as the Executive Director at the Hooks Instituteat the University of Memphis. She also is a co-producer of the film. Thefeature has been in the making for over five years.
“Adream”, McFerren comments. “It’s been an incredible journeyand a great learning experience to bring Ida B. Wells to life.”
Shetold us that the most difficult part of bringing this project to life istelling the story through video, from a time when there were no cameras orvoice recordings. McFerren says they are using biographies and Ida’s personaldiary, letters, etc.
Shetells us that actors and actresses working on the documentary are preparing byreading literature and stories composed by reporters from that time.
This film is set to be completed in August 2020.