Film Makers Focus on Bringing Urban Jax to the Big Screen

Shown are filmmakers speaking to Hollys BBQ
Shown are filmmakers Dana Maule and Marty Lewis
Jacksonville native Dana Maule knows its something special about Jacksonville and she wants the world to know.  The independent filmmaker recently partnered with Black Films Matter for the Indie Films: Pitch Party, hosted at Cafe Resistance on the Northside. The Pitch Party is a new experience offered by Black Films Matter and brings together an intimate group of community leaders, business owners, and artists to educate, invest and inform on new films. The most recent segment focused on Maule’s latest documentary “Moncrief Springs.”  Joined by documentary veteran Marty Lewis, the colleagues are working to show how tourism in urban areas can save and help preserve Black history.

“When people think of Jacksonville, it should be more than the Jaguars, it should be people like Wendy Holley of Holley’s BBQ and Monty Duncan at Brentwood Golf Course.”

Some of these Jacksonville destinations are listed in Martiniques’ travel app “ABC Travel Greenbook,” an interactive directory of over 170,000 Black-owned destinations across seven continents.

Shown are guests at the Q&A wrap-up

Contributors to the film include Visit Jacksonville, St. Johns Riverkeeper, and Explore Jax Core.  In seven months more than $10,825 has been raised. The goal is $50,000. Maule says this project is her way of doing positive PR for the Northside and letting people know there’s more to love about Jacksonville. She says, “there’s magic in Moncrief and this documentary will encourage people to spend time and money here so that Black businesses, Black events and Black history can get the love they deserve.”

Screenings for Moncreif Springs are projected for Fall 2024.

To make a donation and for more info contact Dana Maule at (904) 993-2125.

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