Filmmaker Shares Aug. 2017 Documentary with Charlottesville Community
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A Pittsburgh filmmaker is sharing a documentary he made to commemorate the second anniversary of white supremacists protesting in Charlottesville.
The documentary video installation is called "We Are Here: Charlottesville Two Years Later." It uses a mixture of clips from the violence of August 11 and 12, 2017, but also shows joyful gatherings from all around the world.
"We're still going to be talking about this for several years to go, learning from our mistakes and hesitations, you know, we just have to do better," said filmmaker Chris Ivey.
Ivey is portraying the 2017 Unite the Right rally on four walls inside a studio at the McGuffey Art Center.
"This is supposed to be like a reminder that even though these things happened recently are in the past, it still should not be forgotten," he said.
The filmmaker wanted to capture perspectives in a way most people would not expect: "I didn't want it to be like a very polished piece... in how like you see the camera moving around from shot to shot in a way or moving around or swinging around, just to like capture the moment," Ivey said.
The documentary shows severe and brutal attacks in Charlottesville, but also adds soft touches to the film. There are moments from celebrations in New Orleans and Cape Town, South Africa.
"I wanted to do something beautiful to kind of show people the beauty in the different parts of the world in different ways," said Ivey.
The documentary is a reminder Charlottesville is not alone when it comes to moving forward, but the country as a whole.
"Racism is still alive and well in America no matter how you deal with it, and for me it's like you know dealing with it through people's personal history," said Ivey.
On August 23, Ivey will also co-host a community discussion with Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Heyer was killed during the car attack on along Charlottesville's Downtown Mall back in 2017.