IU Southeast Magazine - Spring 2014 - page 23

IU Southeast
Spring 2014 21
“With every
person we
interviewed, it
changed the
story just a
little bit.”
- Daniel Frank
“It was definitely cool to hear the stories
I wasn’t aware of.”
When Collins and Frank were taken
on a tour the Second Baptist Church
for their calendar project, they stood
in the basement on top of layers of silt
left from the 1937 flood and peered into
cubby holes that held slaves escaping
the South by crossing the Ohio River
from Louisville. There was so much
history that Collins and Frank struggled
to do it justice in print.
“We couldn’t really capture it in
photographs,” Collins said.
“Video could tell the story a whole lot
better,” Frank added.
While completing the calendar, they
plotted out plans for a documentary
and took their proposal to the New
Albany Bicentennial Commission. The
commission loved the idea and provided
a $1,000 grant for equipment to help
produce the film.
From there, the pair contacted sources
including New Albany Historian
Dave Barksdale to appear in the
“Dave knew everything about New
Albany, and that kind of inspired us to
learn more,” Frank said.
Several dozen subjects were eventually
interviewed including Uric Dufrene, IU
Southeast Executive Vice Chancellor
for Academic Affairs.
Collins and Frank turned the film
into a true labor of love. Collins, a
newcomer to the film genre, was the
main interviewer, while Frank, who
has a history in filmmaking, manned
the camera. Both work full-time jobs
so shoots were mainly completed in
the evenings and on weekends. During
Sherman Minton Bridge postcard from the collection of Dave Barksdale.
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