Overcoming Obstacles

Road to brown

Brown versus the Board of education is arguably the most important case in ending the Jim Crow laws. There were many cases that had to occur for Brown versus the Board of education to even be a possible victory. Several cases prior to Brown’s case opened the road to victory.  The case of Plessy versus Ferguson was the first to test the new laws of segregation. Homer Plessy was arrested after boarding a train and sitting in the white cab. As the Supreme Court ruled against him, “separate but equal” took on a new meaning. Things such as the storage of school books in Florida were segregated. I believe it became out of control. Whites were segregating everything they could think of just to keep their power.  In 1949 Charles Houston expressed hope for the future. He played a huge role in fighting segregation. He was a Harvard educated lawyer and editor of the Harvard Law Journal. A big advantage Houston had was that he understood separate but equal would not work. Houston graduated at the top of his class and was very clever. He proceeded to fight in World War I as an officer but this did not protect him from the Jim Crow Laws. When he returned back to America after fighting of lynch mobs of white soldiers he decided he wanted to fight for his race. He gathered other lawyers to help him in his fight against Jim Crow. With the newly formed NAACP behind him, Charles Houston went after local and state victories first.I chose to watch this documentary because it is different than the ones we are doing in class. This film is a recreation of something that happened in the past. It was extremely informative and kept me interested even though it is more of an educational piece.


for my short documentary film i plan on shooting the average day of a man who is very athletic but suffers from diabetes. I plan on showing what he has to do different than others to assure he is in good health. For B roll i want to have his voice explaining why he is so dedicated to sports and excercising why filming his workouts. also i would like to have his voice explaining his disease while visually seeing his insertion sites on his body.

I watched hoop dreams for the documentary. i thought this documentary was average. i was impressed with how many years the director followed his characters and felt let down when they didnt succeed with their careers as they planned too. One critique i have about this film is that it was a little confusing. i found it hard to follow whos story was whos as there were more than one main character.


Gasland is a film is a film about a man whose land is wanted for fracking. This man is offered a large sum of money from companies who what to dig below the surface. Instead of taking the money, the main character, Josh Fox decided to do his own research on his land. Throughout the film, the narrative arc shows that Josh was not able to get in touch with anyone from gas companies to interview. Later we discover that after Josh does his own research and interviews his neighbors, that their wells are contaminated. The part of this documentary that impacted me the most was when they found out that they could set their water on fire.

For my documentary I was thinking about filming the life of a type one diabetic who is extremely athletic and doesn’t let his disease slow him down. I want to show the extra precautions that have to be taken to make sure he can control his blood sugar as exercise has a major effect on it.


For my 1 minute film i plan to use a male character. He will be getting ready for work having a nice morning when he realizes he is late. He will start rushing to work worried that his job is on the line. He shows up to work to doors locked. He checks his calendar and realizes its a holiday and the office is closed