WINNER -- GOLD JURY PRIZE -- 2013 SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL, SEATTLE
"Your film — our most-screened entry — tackles a mystery that may be unanswerable, but in the process does a brilliant job of exposing hard truths about power and oppression and the unconscious ways our culture tolerates and accepts those structures."
-- Anne Paxton, Director, The Social Justice Film Festival
WINNER -- BEST FLORIDA DOCUMENTARY -- FT. LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
It is my sincere honor to inform you that your film has been nominated in the category of Best Historical Documentary. DocMiami International Film Festival received hundreds of documentary films from all over the world and your film progressed through our difficult Official Selection process and now is one of the few select nominations. Winners in each respective category will be announced at the DocMiami Awards Gala on December 9th at the Trump International Beach Resort, and will receive a trophy and select prizes from our sponsors. Congratulations once again for your nomination!
Monica Rosales, Executive Director
DocMiami International Film Festival
"Masterful" - Rodney Hurst, Civil Rights Activist and author of IT WAS NEVER ABOUT A HOT DOG AND A COKE.
It’s a privilege to shed new light on the story of Ruby McCollum in my first feature-length film. Ruby was an extraordinary woman — well-educated, a devoted mother of four, wife of numbers racketeer “Bolita” Sam McCollum, and the wealthiest African-American woman in the small town of Live Oak, Florida, where I lived for twenty-two years, the majority spent trying to find out why Ruby shot and killed LeRoy Adams on August 3, 1952. The last thing I expected to discover was that Ruby didn’t, that she was framed by Live Oak’s corrupt white power structure, who, in the name of justice, committed a terrible injustice. But that’s what I learned when two courageous African-Americans risked everything and broke their long silence.
“That’s the truth,” Corrine Morris said at the end of our interview. “Now tell the world.”
That has been my overriding intention in making this film — to tell the world. Rewrite Ruby’s story. And help right a terrible wrong.
THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE.
Written and Directed by CLAUDIA HUNTER JOHNSON
Produced by DAVE SCHMELING
Executive Producer CLAUDIA HUNTER JOHNSON
Editor JOI MCMILLAN
Original Score by JOSHUA KEELING
Director of Photography ANDREW CHARLES SCHMIDT
Aerial Photography CAITLIN NICOLE WILLIAMS
Documentary Advisor DR. VALLIERE RICHARD AUZENNE
The Ballad of Ruby McCollum
Performed by Peg and Chip Carbone
Written by Peg and Chip Carbone and David Schmeling
Recorded at Reveal Audio - Atlanta
J. David Leonard, Producer
Floor plan of Dr. Adams' office provided by permission of C. Arthur Ellis, Jr., Ph.D. from the publication, State of Florida vs. Ruby McCollum, Defendant.