First time filmmakers, John and Kenn Little, have been traveling the country with their new documentary that highlights the mascot controversy with Washington's NFL team and beyond. Part of their travels included a stop in the Boston area with screenings at Bentley University and a screening with a post-film discussion at Harvard.
Before screening their movie in Cambridge at the Brattle Theatre, John and Kenn sat down with students over lunch and discussed all the work and learning that went into filming and producing their first film. John is currently a PhD student at the University of Minnesota and Kenn is a working design professional in the Kansas City area. With their insight, the duo detailed the highlights and struggles that went into the four years it took to deliver the film.
More Than A Word has been screening at college campuses across the country, mostly in large auditoriums. For the Harvard screening, even though Harvard was the host, the Brattle Theatre was the actual screening site. The filmmakers noted that it was one of the first times it would be be screened in an actual movie theater. Also of note, incoming Harvard History professor, Phil J Deloria, is featured many times throughout the film with analysis about the mascot controversy.
In addition to the two earlier events in the day, the filmmakers also held a post-film discussion and prepared a presentation to address questions that have come up since screenings began this fall. Included in their presentations was local information about MA Bill S.291 which calls for the end of Native mascots in Massachusetts.
Many partners helped planned this event. Thank you to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Arlington International Film Festival, and the Brattle Theatre.