A local filmmaker, Clyde McDaniel, of Cleo Film Productions, will debut his new documentary about local African-American churches, Monday, Sept. 24, 6 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Main Library’s Main Library auditorium. The Main Library is located at 60 S. High St. in downtown Akron.
The event is free. The film, called “A Historical Look at the African American Church,” is the latest in McDaniel’s “Ye Olde Neighborhood” series and showcases the evolution of these still-standing churches in the Akron community and how these churches make a positive contribution to community. The goal of the film, said McDaniel, is to educate, inform and help the audience gain a sense of appreciation of these still-standing churches around Akron.
“I just wanted to show the general public the African-American Church in a positive light, and an asset to our community,” he added. “I think it is important for folks to know that the ‘Black Church,’ is not some back in the woods mystical place that should be avoided because the people are wild.”
To put together the documentary, McDaniel contacted pastors willing to be interviewed, and along with scheduling and conducting interviews, along with editing.
“Well, It was the longest and most involved project I have ever tackled, so it gave me a new perspective on filmmaking,” he said. “And I think it will be an important piece of Akron History.”
For aspiring filmmakers, McDaniel offers this tip: “For anyone considering this type of endeavor, just know that it is a time-consuming journey, but stay the course, and you’ll be rewarded.”