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Heaven Sent Productions cordially invites you to join us as a 501(c) (3) sponsor of the historical documentary film, “Keeping the Faith With Morrie”. The subject of our film Morrie Turner was recently bestowed the History Maker Award at the 2004 Salute to the History Makers ceremony held in Los Angeles, California.

We need external hardrives for our documentary footage. In exchange for your support you will receive a credit at the end of the documentary and a tax deductible credit.

Since the first American comic strip, The Yellow Kid (1895), race has played an integral part in the comics; often reflecting America’s ambivalent attitudes towards its growing multiculturalism. Recent history books celebrating the centennial of the American comic strip have surprisingly omitted an abundance of minority comic strip cartoonists. This lapse in account was either attributed to the historians’ legitimate oversight due to their ignorance or a blatant intent to slant history to the exclusion of minority comic strip cartoonists. In response to this disregard, Heaven Sent Productions has stepped up to the fore to imbue the gaps in America’s rather fragmented history of the comic strip with cartoonists of “color”.

Our documentary film “Keeping the Faith With Morrie” celebrates the life and times of African-American comic strip cartoonist, Morrie Turner. In 1965, at the height of the Civil Rights movement in America, Turner intrepidly brought to bear the first comic strip ever to show children of different ethnic groups working together to solve problems – Wee Pals. Turner’s interracial Wee Pals comic strip bucked convention in the comics and took the medium in a new direction setting the pace for cartoonists after him.

In an effort to recognize the accomplishments of minority cartoonists, the National Cartoonist Society (NCS) recently awarded Morrie Turner with a Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual 2002 Reuben Awards ceremony in San Francisco, California. Mr. Turner is the first African American cartoonist honored by the world’s largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists. A milestone in American history!

The NCS Lifetime Achievement Award is among countless honorary awards and tokens of appreciation garnered from Turner’s lifelong philanthropy and artistic offerings. The Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League Humanitarian Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Chamber of Commerce are just a few distinctive honors rendered him. Today the benevolent octogenarian continues to draw the Wee Pals comic strip for over 100 publications, remains an active fixture in the advocacy for children’s education and human rights, and mentors aspiring cartoonists.

With Morrie Turner as the centerpiece of the film, we will chronicle the untold history of cartoonists of “color” (including Henry Jackson Lewis (1800s political cartoonist), George Herriman (Krazy Kat), E. Simms Campbell (Esquire cartoonist), Aaron McGruder (Boondocks), Lela Lee (Angry Little Girls), Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha), Gus Arriola (Gordo) etc.) and reveal their cartoon art, professional triumphs in regards to the proverbial racial barriers, artistic influences, and other defining information. Moreover, the film outlines the parallels between racial struggles in America and ethnic images in comic strips.

In tandem to our film project, we are reviving and recreating the animated cartoon series Kid Power. Kid Power was a derivative of Turner’s Wee Pals comic strip in the early 1970s. The cartoon series, produced by Rankin-Bass Productions, consisted of 17 episodes and aired on ABC Network Television stations as part its Saturday morning program lineup. Doubly beset by dubious management handling his business affairs and inherent racism in the entertainment industry, Turner was slighted from reaping the commercial “benefits” of this offshoot.

Thus far, we have filmed interviews with notables in the cartoon industry such as comic strip cartoonist Aaron McGruder (Boondocks), Jean Schulz (wife of PEANUTS creator Charles Schulz), the Walker Bros. (Beetle Bailey), Phil Ortiz (The Simpsons comic book), Robb Armstrong (Jump Start), Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha), Bill Keane (Family Circus), Dwayne McDuffie (animator/creator of Static X television cartoon), Floyd Norman (first African American cartoonist for Walt Disney Studios), and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo). A host of other distinguished figures in the cartooning industry and academia are enthused about the project and have volunteered to interview with us. With God truly as our impetus, this is our year to put this production in the can to release it for the world to see in 2005. Finally, the obscured history of minority cartoonists will finally see its day in the sun!

In January 2002, the International Documentary Association (IDA) agreed to become the fiscal sponsor of “Keeping the Faith With Morrie.”

All funds received in support of the documentary project are tax-exempt under the IDA’s nonprofit 501 (c)(3) status.

We would immensely appreciate your donation or sponsorship to complete this film. Please visit the Donation Center to learn more about how to select your method of patronage. You can view our fundraiser trailer here.  The trailer shows footage from the rough cut 30 minute format which received general acclaim from audiences at local film festivals. The public approval and praise affirmed the film’s significance; thus, inspired the Director/Producer Angel Harper to tell more of Turner’s life story and share the limelight by including the passel of unsung cartoonists of “color” preceding and consequential to Turner’s prominence.

I would love to hear from you. We encourage you to contact us at angelharper@earthlink.net express your supportive comments and opinions. Please join Heaven Sent Productions in making this landmark film. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Angel Harper
Producer - Director
Heaven Sent Productions
www.heavensentproductions.org
(323) 467-7782 hm\office

 

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