Maynard Jackson's Life to Be Portrayed in Movie: Crowdfunding Campaign For 'Maynard' Documentary Launched on the Former Atlanta Mayor's Birthday, March 23rd

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Auburn Avenue Films announces an $800,000 crowdfunding campaign on to produce and distribute the theatrical documentary of "MAYNARD," a film on the life and legacy of the late Maynard Holbrook Jackson, the first African American mayor of a major southern city.

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If our stories are to be told about our leaders, we must tell them ourselves.

Auburn Avenue Films announces the launch of an $800,000 crowdfunding campaign on to raise funds for the making of the theatrical documentary, “MAYNARD.” The launch coincided with the birthday of Atlanta’s first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson, Jr. The documentary, which will begin pre-production in spring 2015, offers an introspective look into the life and legacy of the political and business titan who became Atlanta’s first African-American mayor. Jackson, who was born on March 23, 1938, and died on June 23, 2003, would have been 77 today. "MAYNARD," the film, will sum up the man, the politician, and the game changer.

“My father used to say that ‘the struggle for freedom is twofold: one, to get free, and two, to stay free’,’’ said Brooke Jackson Edmond, daughter of Maynard Jackson, Jr. “It is crucial that we keep the stories of our leaders alive, for our sake and for the benefit of our communities at large. This documentary will help us to see how Maynard Jackson evolved as a leader and what lessons we can learn from his fascinating life. Our children need to know the story of this dynamic man. Our neighbors and friends need to know this story as well. If our stories are to be told, we must tell them ourselves. The courage of one’s convictions, grit, determination, and bravery – all of these are noble ideals we can see personified through my father’s life.”

The fundraising goal for the Maynard documentary is $800,000 and the online giving campaign ends on May 17, 2015. Donation opportunities range from $10 to $50,000 and provide a variety of attractive benefits to donors. To make a contribution or for more information about the crowdfunding campaign for the documentary, please contact Auburn Avenue Films at 404-505-8188 or visit

"MAYNARD" is being produced by Auburn Avenue Films; one of Atlanta’s newest production companies. The production team includes executive producers including Wendy Eley Jackson; Maynard H. Jackson, III; Elizabeth Jackson Hodges; Howie Hodges; and Brooke Jackson Edmond. Oscar-nominated producer/director/editor Samuel D. Pollard will direct the film, and Emmy and Peabody Award-winner Sheila Curran Bernard has been tapped as writer. Producers are Eley Jackson, Winsome Sinclair, Donald Jarmond, Karl Carter, and Jason Orr.

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