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Revolution of Joy

"Revolution of Joy" is a moving short documentary that delves into historic Selma, Alabama’s troubled past during the civil rights movement and showcases a new initiative in the black belt to use art to heal and unify communities that have been torn apart by racism and division.

"Revolution of Joy" is a thought-provoking short documentary that illuminates the struggles of historic Selma, Alabama’s past during the civil rights movement while also delving into the challenges that persist in the present day. Through a powerful and inspiring exploration of the unifying and healing power of art, the film showcases a new initiative in the black belt community that aims to bring together and empower individuals and communities that have been torn apart by racism and division.

Featuring heartfelt interviews with both the artists and the residents of Selma and the Black Belt, "Revolution of Joy" offers a unique and inspiring perspective on the power of creativity to effect change. The documentary boldly demonstrates that even in the face of adversity and ongoing social challenges, there is still hope for positive change and meaningful progress.

If you're looking to connect with the human spirit and discover the transformative power of art and empathy in bringing communities together, this documentary is a must-watch.

Experience the transformative power of joy in 'Revolution of Joy,' a captivating short documentary. Join us on a heartfelt journey as we explore stories of resilience, hope, and the pursuit of happiness in the face of adversity. Discover the joy that can ignite a revolution within us all. Coming soon!

  • McKinnon Maddox
  • Joanne Bland
    Key Cast
  • Afriye WeKandodis
    Key Cast
  • Phan Robinson
    Key Cast
  • AC Reeves
    Key Cast
  • Tres Taylor
    Key Cast
  • Helene Taylor
    Key Cast
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    22 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 17, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - McKinnon Maddox

McKinnon Maddox is a web developer and the owner of MacMedia, a renowned web development company. While his expertise lies in the world of technology, Maddox also harbors an unwavering passion for movies and storytelling. This unique blend of technical prowess and creative vision has allowed him to make a profound impact in both the web development and filmmaking industries.

From a young age, Maddox found himself captivated by the power of movies to transport audiences to new worlds and evoke deep emotions. He recognized the potential of combining his technical skills with his love for storytelling, and it was this realization that eventually led him to create his debut film, "Revolution of Joy."

"Revolution of Joy" marked a significant milestone in Maddox's artistic journey. The film, a thought-provoking exploration of the human experience, delved into connecting with the human spirit and discovering the transformative power of art and empathy in bringing communities together. With a keen eye for visual aesthetics and a knack for weaving narratives, Maddox brought the story to life, immersing viewers in a transformative cinematic experience.

As the owner of MacMedia, Maddox has established himself as a respected figure in the web development industry. His company has gained a reputation for delivering innovative and visually stunning websites, employing cutting-edge technologies to enhance user experiences. Maddox's keen eye for aesthetics, coupled with his technical expertise, allows him to create digital platforms that seamlessly blend functionality and visual appeal.

While his career in web development continues to flourish, Maddox remains committed to pursuing his passion for filmmaking. He continues to develop and collaborate on projects that marry his love for technology with his storytelling instincts. With his sharp instincts and dedication to both crafts, McKinnon Maddox is poised to make a lasting impact in both the realms of web development and filmmaking, leaving audiences captivated and inspired by his creative vision.

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Director Statement

As the director of, Revolution of Joy, a documentary film centered around an Alabama community, I couldn't be prouder of the final product. From the beginning, I felt a strong calling to undertake this project, despite not knowing what it would ultimately become. However, as I delved into the lives of the people of Selma, I fell in love with their genuine passion for progress in their city.

What struck me most was the surprising realization that this incredible story of Selma and the mural project was not being widely told. I was amazed by the deep connections I formed with the residents and their heartfelt desire to see their community thrive. It was inspiring to witness their unwavering commitment to creating positive change.

One of the highlights of the journey was the creation of a mural trail throughout the Black Belt region—a unique and innovative approach to bringing people together. Watching individuals paint on these walls brought about a profound sense of healing, joy, and the forging of new relationships. It filled me with hope to see the vibrant pops of color that now grace the Black Belt towns, infusing a renewed sense of optimism.

Spending time with Joanne Bland, a civil rights foot soldier, was an immense honor. Hearing her stories from the past, as well as witnessing her ongoing fight for progress, left a lasting impact on me. Her resilience and dedication are truly awe-inspiring.

It was equally surprising and delightful to discover that Airbnb has recognized Selma as one of the most hospitable cities in America. This added validation reinforced the immense potential and warmth found within this community.

Throughout the filmmaking process, I have been captivated by Selma and its residents. The love and support they have shown me have been overwhelming and humbling. Bringing this hopeful story to the big screen has been a privilege and has ignited a personal revolution of joy within me.

In the end, Revolution of Joy is not just a film, but a testament to the resilience, spirit, and unyielding determination of the people of Selma. It is my hope that this documentary will inspire audiences, foster understanding, and spark a revolution of joy in the heart.

Thanks for reading,

McKinnon Maddox