While I Yet Live

While I Yet Live

  • BY Maris Curran | IN Civil Rights
    Premiered February 11, 2019

About the Film

In this short film, five acclaimed African American quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, talk about love, religion and the fight for civil rights as they continue the tradition of quilting that originally brought them together. MORE

The Filmmaker

Maris Curran holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program and was a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico. Her films have shown at Berlinale, TIFF, MoMA and NY Times Op-Docs. Her debut narrative feature, Five Nights in Maine, starring David Oyelowo, Dianne Weist and Rosie Perez, premiered at TIFF and was released theatrically in 2016. Maris recently completed, While I Yet Live,  a short documentary about five quilters and freedom fighters from Gee's Bend, Alabama. LESS

Film Credits

Directed by
Maris Curran

Essie Pettway
Mary Lee Bendolph
Rita Mae Pettway
Lucy Mingo
China Pettway
Mary Ann Pettway

Maris Curran
Jon Coplon

Julie Caskey

Jerry Henry

Consulting Editor
Luke Lynch

Color Correction
Suny Behar

Sound Mix
Eli Cohn

Graphic Design
Yen Tan

Special Thanks
Matt Arnett
Rubin Bendolph
Andrea Chia
Dan Cowles
Joan Wadleigh Curran
Mark Decena
Teri Heyman
Lonnie Holley
Sarah McDonald
Chris Pettway
James Reichmuth
Andrew Des Rochers
Ryan Zacarias
Graham Zeller

Original Series Funding Provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Wyncote Foundation

The National Endowment for the Arts

While I Yet Live is a production of Nightshade Films.

This program was produced by Maris Curran and Jon Coplon, who are solely responsible for its content.

© 2018 Maris Curran. All rights reserved.

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