Soon, we will be able revel in the inspiring lives of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis again. The legendary love birds are returning to the silver screen in “Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee.” Muta’ Ali Muhammad, the beloved couple’s grandson, is in the process of developing the film; he hopes that it will bring their legacy to a new generation of artists and activists.
“This is an opportunity to look at art over the last 90 years,” he told Color Lines. “As we tell the story of [Ruby Dee’s] and grandpa’s life, you’ll get to see what growth exists when it comes to our people’s presence on stage, in front of the camera and behind the camera. You’ll see in one sitting their trajectory and get an appreciation for where we’ve progressed and where we might need to do a little more work.”
To celebrate their relationship, careers, and activism, the project “carries the legacy of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee forward in history for the first time in feature documentary form” using intimate archival footage, conversations between Muhammad and Dee, and unique narration.
With Muhammad, now 32, at the helm of the documentary, it is sure to be notable. He has established himself as a credible film and music video director through his profiles of T.I., 50 Cent, and Ludacris, and the work of “The Raw Report,” his production company.
Seems great, right? Well, it will be – if Muhammad raises enough to fund the project. He has launched a Kickstarter page to raise the $50,000 needed to complete the documentary. So far, $1,573 has been donated by 22 volunteers. But there are still 35 days left to assist. To donate, visit the Kickstarter page and check out the amazing video trailer included there.
Ossie and Ruby are the real Heathcliff and Claire Huxtable, so bringing this film to the theaters will be a treasure we can cherish forever.
Evette Dionne, everythingYNTK for VIBEVixen.com
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