a documentary film about the evolution of democracy and how important freedom of the press is to our liberty

 In 1560, before Europeans reached the northern shores of America, several tribes war with each other so much that their oral tradition called it the dark times. Then a visionary said these enemies needed to find a way to come together or their people wouldn’t survive. So, the leaders designed a new way of doing government, America’s first democracy. It was a great experiment, and it worked. This group of nations today is known as the Iroquois. 

In 1736, the Iroquois introduced their form of government to Benjamin Franklin; he was just thirty years old. By 1776, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and others formed the United States of America and, like the Iroquois, they too developed a democracy, one in which all men were created equal. But liberty for all derailed when forces that built America also bound its minorities. It would take extraordinary events and the press to finally free the people.

 

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank

THE STORY TREATMENT

ACT I

In 1560, before Europeans reached the northern shores of America, several tribes war with each other so much that their oral tradition called it the dark times. Then a visionary came along and said that these enemies needed to find a way to come together or they wouldn’t survive. So, the leaders designed a new way of doing government, America’s first democracy. It was a great experiment, and it worked. This group of nations today is known as the Iroquois. 

In 1736, forty years before the American Revolution, a group of Iroquois entered a downtown Philadelphia print shop and they asked the thirty-year-old  shop owner to print their council proceeding notes. This owner was none other than Benjamin Franklin. His shop continued to print notes from the Iroquois proceedings for the next twenty-six years, so Benjamin really understood how the Iroquois’ democracy worked. When Benjamin got involved in politics, he encouraged leaders of the thirteen colonies to become a union modeled after the Iroquois. By 1776, colonial leaders who were frustrated with the tyrannical king, George III, decided to break away from Great Britain. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and others formed the United States of America and, like the Iroquois, they set up a democracy, one in which all men were created equal. These leaders even thought slavery was on its way out. But, in life, things don’t always go according to plan.

ACT II-part one

In the second half of the second act, things instead take a turn for the worse. The story plunges deeper into just how bad things go for minoritiesBy the 1930’s, race relations were so bad that the Carnegie Institute decided to hire an academic from Sweden to come and study race in America. His name was Gunnar Myrdal. Myrdal traveled the south interviewing African Americans and he was horrified. After three years, he still could not figure out a solution and he almost quit the study. This is the point in the film in which, all is lost. Then, Hitler invaded Norway and Myrdal thought his country of Sweden would be next. Myrdal put his study on hold and returned to Sweden to fight with his fellow countrymen. However, when Myrdal arrived, he again was horrified. Instead of fighting, his government was accommodating Hitler by not allowing the press to write anything about what was going on in Germany. Myrdal says, That would never happen in America. This is the Aha moment when Myrdal finally knew how to help race relations in America.

ACT II-part two

By the 1800’s, government was using the 1493 Doctrine of Discovery and ninteeth century pseudo-science that divided humans into separate races to justify slavery and the taking of native lands. In 1838, Cherokee Samuel Cloud was nine when soldiers rounded up his family and took them on the Trail of Tears and by 1855, treaties with native tribes were signed from coast to coast. That same year, a new book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, enlighten Americans on just what it was like to live as a slave. Americans in the north were outraged and this story became a catalyst that rallied Americans to demand change. In 1860, Abe Lincoln won the presidency on his pledge to keep slavery out of the new territories west of the Mississippi and five years later, the Civil War ended with four million slaves set free. This is mid-point in the film and things look up for American minorities.

 

ACT III

Mydal flew back to America and wrote a book called An American Dilemma. This book became a cornerstone piece of information for judges, lawyers, academics and journalists. In his book, Myrdal wrote, The black press was at the center of the developing Negro protest. But if the protest were to succeed, the mainstream press – the white press – would have to discover racial discrimination and write about it so candidly and so repeatedly that white Americans outside the South could no longer look the other way. … They would demand change. This was exactly what happened. After the white press repeatedly covered racial discrimination, Americans began to demand change and the government began to listen. In 1954, schools desegregated. In the 1960’s, congress passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the Indian Civil Rights Act, the list goes on.

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MAIL TO: Clifford Creations, Julia Clifford, 1677 Mt Baker Hwy #A, Bellingham WA 98226

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MAIL TO: Pickford Film Center, PO Box 2521, Bellingham WA 98227 

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PICKFORD FILM CENTER is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

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You also receive a copy of the DVD and a link to the online version of the film that you can share with your constituents, colleagues, family and friends.

PLUS … your gift provides UNIVERSITY LIBRARY BONUSES.

We will send a copy of the DVD (with unlimited licensing) to 500 university libraries. Choose the states that you prefer and we will add a gold seal onto each DVD cover that says…

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PLUS … your gift provides schools with HISTORY EXTRAVAGANZA BONUSES.

Every public high school Social Studies and History department in one state will be provided with an online link to the documentary film that they can share with all their students. You can choose your state (first come first serve-one sponsor per state). The messaging on the screen when teachers and students sign in will say …

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PLUS … your gift provides PUBLIC LIBRARY BONUSES.

Four hundred public libraries will receive a copy of the DVD that they can share with their library patrons year after year.  Choose the states that you prefer (first come first serve) and we will add a gold seal on each DVD cover that says…

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You also receive a copy of the DVD and a link to the online version of the film that you can share with your constituents, colleagues, family and friends.

PLUS … your gift provides PUBLIC LIBRARY BONUSES.

Two hundred public libraries will receive a copy of the DVD that they can share with their library patrons year after year.  Choose the states that you prefer (first come first serve) and we will add a gold seal on each DVD cover that says…

“Brought to you by [your business name].”

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WHY THIS FILM?

A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

I use to think freedom was solid, something gained but never lost. 

But as I made Children of the Civil Rights, I realized that freedom is like water. It’s like the kind of water contained in a reservoir.

Winston Churchill once said. The farther back you look, the farther forward you can see. 

And that is so true! 

You can see that we do lose freedom! It happens just like the way a reservoir dries up … slowly … incrementally.

Sometimes, the impact of laws can take whole centuries to fully feel and understand. 

This seems to be what America is facing now with Black Lives Matter, the Me Too Movement, immigration, the break up of unions, Native American tribes reclaiming their inherent rights as sovereign nations, fears around the majority’s ultimate shift into the minority … the list goes on.

All of this is hard to grapple with.

Looking back in history helps me to at least understand why we are the way we are today.

 

So I ask myself …

Can I tell a story about the making of America to our young in a way that our young (and future leaders) will connect with?

Can the young look back far enough so they better understand what they are seeing in today’s news?

Can this story ultimately help the young to see their way forward so that in the future, they can lead our country in unity and with freedom intact?

That’s a tall order!!

It took a while …

I thought about what interested me the most … and that was hearing the young peoples stories … seeing history from their point of view.

THE GREAT EXPERIMENT is a documentary film that shows the making of America told through the eyes of the young.

Through this lens, the answer to my question became simple. 

 

Now … it’s time to make the film! 

I hope you enjoy the process! I will absolutely love having you join our team and come along for the ride! 

Film Director – Julia Clifford

 

PS: JOIN US! Together, we will make THE GREAT EXPERIMENT for our young and future leaders.

LET'S MAKE A MOVIE!

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We will be traveling around the US each spring and fall showing three screenings a week for two years. (That’s 96 screenings.)

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You also receive a copy of the DVD and a link to the online version of the film that you can share with your family, friends, colleagues and constituents.

PLUS … your gift provides UNIVERSITY BONUSES that we match!

We will send a copy of the DVD (with unlimited licensing) to 12 university libraries.  Choose the states that you prefer (first come first serve) and we will add a gold seal on each DVD cover that says…

“Brought to you by [your name].”

How we match your gift … We will send an online link directly to Social Studies/History departments at twelve different universities so that the professors can share with all of their students.

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You also receive a copy of the DVD and a link to the online version of the film that you can share with your family, friends, colleagues and constituents.

PLUS … your gift provides PUBLIC SCHOOL LIBRARY BONUSES that we match!

We will send a copy of the DVD to 20 public school libraries. Choose the states that you prefer (first come first serve) and we will add a gold seal on each DVD cover that says…

“Brought to you by [your name].”

How we match your gift … We will send an online link directly to Social Studies/History departments at twenty different high schools so that the teachers can share with all of their students.

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PLUS … your gift provides UNIVERSITY BONUSES that we match!

We will send a copy of the DVD (with unlimited licensing) to 3 university libraries.  Choose the libraries that you prefer (first come first serve).

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WRITE A CHECK

Make your check payable to: CLIFFORD CREATIONS

MAIL TO: Clifford Creations, Julia Clifford, 1677 Mt Baker Hwy #A, Bellingham WA 98226

OR 

Call us directly. We can take your credit card information over the phone, (we use PayPal).

Call Julia (the director): 360-305-7837

IT”S A GREAT WAY TO GO FOR SPONSORS SEEKING AWESOME ADVERTISING BENEFITS. 

DONATE ONLINE 

Set up MONTHLY PAYMENTS at PATREON.COM 

(PATREON is a well respected site that helps match artist, filmmakers, creators with their patrons.)

 

OR 

Do you like to use PayPal?

NEED A TAX DEDUCTION?

Make your check payable to our fiscal sponsor: PICKFORD FILM CENTER 

MAIL TO: Pickford Film Center, PO Box 2521, Bellingham WA 98227 

(REMEMBER to write “THE CIVIL PROJECT-CLIFFORD” on the check memo!)

PICKFORD FILM CENTER is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

PICKFORD’S tax ID-EIN is 91-1891456.

Creating stories that help the young grow and be successful so they can build a better tomorrow.