Irvin suggested that Dick be in the film discussing Irwin’s contribution to the world not only comically but also in historical and political context. Dick agreed and suggested I arrive the night before the filming in Washington DC because he was performing at a club and that I should attend.
I did, of course.
The show was great and the next day we filmed Dick talking for two hours in a recording studio. Halfway through the filming I realized I had enough material to make a film about Dick, too. He covered all the topics I wanted to hear about without any prompting. Even when we cut camera he carried on for another half hour.
When someone watches and listens to Dick Gregory they feel and sense an unforgettable impact that he is able to share in his own unique style which is animated and physical.
His energy and eloquence is infectious and his presence is brilliant and what one learns from his knowledge, experience and activism should be shared.
"As a filmmaker, what really interests me is how the past can help us to make sense of the present when told accurately”.