Aaward-winning filmmaker Louise Woehrle is a storyteller and the proprietor of Whirlygig Productions, Inc., whose initiatives have discovered nationwide and worldwide broadcast and distribution. She is obsessed with telling tales that assist us see ourselves and others in new methods, promote therapeutic, and join us as human beings. Woehrle just lately accomplished her characteristic documentary A Binding Reality, about two 1965 highschool classmates, one Black and one white, who shared the identical final identify however little else. What’s a coincidence? They meet once more virtually 50 years later after a stunning telephone name that may change their lives. Their story, rooted within the South, can also be America’s story – one in every of slavery’s legacy and our present racial divide. It’s a narrative of therapeutic and reveals a manner ahead as these two males discover their binding reality.
“…two 1965 highschool classmates, one Black and one white, who shared the identical final identify however little else.”
A Binding Reality is an enchanting story. The place did you discover Jimmie and De, and the way did their story finally develop into a documentary?
Louise Woehrle: I’m so pleased you discovered it fascinating! I used to be in New York screening my earlier documentary, Stalag Luft III – One Man’s Story. My two cousins, Katie and Ellen Holliday from Charlotte, NC, attended the screening occasion. Katie is married to De! She requested if I had my subsequent challenge lined up. I stated no, however I had an thought. Then she requested, “What about Jimmie and De’s story?” I responded, “Katie, that’s a giant story to tackle,” however I believed extra about it and ran it by my Govt Producer, Jay Strommen. He stated, “Will we need to make a distinction? And, in fact, I stated, “Sure.” So the following factor I knew, we have been on a airplane to Charlotte to fulfill Jimmie and De. After that assembly, issues actually took off quick. A highschool pal of De’s, Jock Tonissen, coordinated a luncheon and invited individuals he thought could be involved in Jimmie and De’s story. We had created a sizzle reel by that point and a 2-page abstract. A person named Chuck Hood approached me and stated he needed to assist, and wow, all the things took off from there. Chuck took on the fundraising with Lauren Batten; the remaining is historical past. The help from the Charlotte neighborhood has been unimaginable. The cash was raised by donations, apart from the start-up capital by Jay Strommen. Our fiscal sponsor is FilmNorth in Minneapolis, which I’ve used on many initiatives.