Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Welcome to the viewer submission blog for YOU GOT TO MOVE!

Dear friends,

You Got to Move is the third film released by Milliarium Zero, the sister company to Milestone Films. Milliarium Zero was set up to release socially significant films both historical and contemporary. So far, our little company has exceeded our wildest expectations. Winter Soldier was released in 2005 at the height of the war in Iraq, and gained national attention (and discussion). It was used by the Iraq Veterans Against the War as a template for their own protests. Word is Out was released in 2010, just as debates about the rights of gay marriage were heating up. It was shown on national television by Turner Classic Movies, and (we hope) added another prominent voice for the LGBT community. Now, perhaps most importantly, Milliarium Zero is releasing You Got to Move: Stories of Change in the South. Inspired by filmmaker Lucy Massie Phenix's experiences at Tennessee’s world-renowned Highlander Research and Education Center, the film captures the enthusiastic spirit of a place that has helped people unite at the grassroots level.

We discovered in 2005 that in the thirty-plus years since the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement, people have forgotten how powerful an individual's voice can be — and, moreover, that it's just not the Martin Luther King's of the world that can wield the power of one voice. A leader can be anybody from anywhere — even you could be that person.

You Got to Move celebrates the individual's ability to change society for the better. So, please(!) share your stories about social change, your experiences at Highlander, links to articles or books on related subjects, or perhaps how seeing the movie inspired you. We look forward to hearing from you!

--Dennis Doros, Milliarium Zero and Milestone Film & Video