IU Southeast Magazine - Spring 2014 - page 24

“The DVD could
have been 100
hours long
and not even
covered half
of it.”
– Philip Collins
their longest shoot, they spent an entire
day traveling between five downtown
restaurants to interview owners and
take video.
“With every person we interviewed,
it changed the story just a little bit,”
Frank said. “In the end it was all woven
together very well.”
They also received significant help
from groups like the New Albany-Floyd
County Public Library, which helped
them find and scan numerous images
of the city going back to the 1800s. The
Arts Council of Southern Indiana and
New Albany Production House also
helped with the film and the premiere.
It took nearly a year and
a half, but their goal
of completing the film
during New Albany’s
bicentennial year was
accomplished when
the film debuted Dec.
18, 2013 at the Grand
Theatre in downtown
New Albany.
“How fitting to have it
in a historic theater,”
Frank said. “We had to
have it at the Grand.”
About 300 people
attended the premiere.
After viewing the film,
the audience gave the
filmmakers a standing
Preserving the past
for the future
Completing the film
was a relief for Collins
and Frank, but their
goals didn’t end when
the lights came up in
the Grand. They plan
to use the film as a
learning tool for years
to come.
There will be a second public viewing at
an upcoming New Albany film festival
sponsored by the Arts Council, and
they plan to enter it in more festivals
throughout the year.
But, perhaps more importantly, they
also plan to provide copies to Floyd
County schools so that children and
young adults can learn the history of
their town.
Collins, who grew up in a military
family, moved around the country and
never had a “hometown.” He never
got to experience the pride of learning
where his hometown came from or
what made it so special.
“We wanted this to be a tool for people
to experience local history,” Collins said.
Even Frank, who grew up here, was
amazed by the volume of information
he had never heard before tackling the
“The DVD could have been 100 hours
long and not even covered half of it,”
Collins said.
Parts of the film, particularly the
Second Baptist Church’s experience
with the Underground Railroad and
the restoration of the Division Street
School are vital for people to learn, they
believe. Those two segments are among
their favorites.
Collins and Frank like the thought
that they’ve now contributed to the
history of New Albany by making the
documentary. They hope that someone
will be inspired by their film as they
were inspired after working on the
historical calendar.
“We got a pretty good variety of the
history,” Frank said. “Enough to start
telling the story and get people to go
look for the rest of it.”
New Albany’s Second Baptist Church, photo from the collection of
Kelly Carnighan.
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