Here are a few details about the production of this documentary:
Journey to Little Rock was produced over a period of three years, beginning in the summer of 1997 and ending in the spring of 2001. The first shoot occurred in Little Rock, Arkansas at the 1997 commemoration of the LR9, the last shoot was in Washington D.C. at the White House for the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony.
The Documentary Crew: (From left to right) Ray Hagel - Director of Photography, Maria Shin - Producer, Doug Von Rosen - Sound, Rob Thompson - Director, Kate Keating - Associate Producer. (Photo - North East Productions)
There were 42 shooting days in eight locations which included Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley, Toronto, Kenabeek (Northern Ontario), Parry Island Reserve/Parry Sound, Ogdensburg, Little Rock (Arkansas), Washington D.C., Galway (Ireland).
138 tapes were shot which resulted in over 70 hours of material to edit.
The single, most time consuming task was tracking down the stock footage that took place over the entire three years and involved the efforts of 7 people.
The second most time consuming task was obtaining music rights that involved the efforts of another 3 people over the span of two years.
Consumed on production: 600 meals, 550 cups of coffee, 400 cigarettes (only the cameraman smoked!), 300 bottles of water, 120 donuts, 30 allergy tablets, 15 aspirin.
When shooting began Minnijean Brown Trickey lived in Ottawa, when it was
completed she had moved to Washington D.C.
Picture and Sound post took approximately 13 weeks.
In the making of this documentary, Producer Maria Yongmee Shin also set about, with the encouragement of Ms. Brown Trickey, to ensure that young filmmakers from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds had opportunities to be mentored and to participate in the making of the film. With the support of various internship programs, four such young filmmakers were trained throughout the various stages.