Martin County Library System Press Releases

August 24, 2009

Meet Producer/Director Jeremy Dean at Sept. 20 Screening of His Award-Winning Film

Filed under: Adult programming — mclswebblog @ 4:58 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                   

DATE:  AUGUST 24, 2009                                                                                      

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                      


2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Begins at Blake Library Sept. 20


 “Dare Not Walk Alone,” an Exploration of the

Civil Rights Struggle Through St. Augustine, Florida

Kicks Off Six-Month Series


“Dare Not Walk Alone” Producer/Director Jeremy Dean

Will Screen and Discuss His Film


 (Stuart, FL) – Martin County Library System presents “Dare Not Walk Alone” with producer/director Jeremy Dean as part of the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL on Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing.  Following a screening of his award-winning documentary, “Dare Not Walk Alone,” Dean will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his work as a filmmaker. Light refreshments will be served during the reception.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Reservations are not required.


On June 18, 1964 a white hotel owner in St. Augustine, Florida, poured acid in a swimming pool filled with black and white youth conducting a civil rights demonstration.  Photographs of this horrific incident were on the front page of every major newspaper around the world and broke the filibuster in the Senate allowing President Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act into law.  With rarely seen news footage and revealing interviews, “Dare Not Walk Alone” uncovers the untold story of the St. Augustine movement that led to this historic legislation.  But far from a history lesson, the film also looks at the aftermath of desegregation and the grim realities of life today on streets where those campaigns were fought, in a place that symbolizes what Barack Obama has called “the gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of our time.”  This film has been called the “Civil Rights film for the modern age” and in the end we see signs of hope and reconciliation as well as a challenge to take the next step forward.


As the son of missionaries, Jeremy Dean spent his youth traveling the world.  He was immersed in the jungles of Central and South America and Asia.  He also traveled throughout Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific.  It was during this time that he was exposed to numerous cultures and the struggles of indigenous peoples.  He had to learn to survive by dealing with tribal customs and local traditions that sparked an interest in finding connections between diverse parts of the world.  Dean returned to the United States to finish his formal education, receiving his B.A. in Fine Arts from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida in 2002.  In 2003, Dean attended the University of the Nations School of Digital Filmmaking in Kona, Hawaii where he wrote and directed the short film “Vanity.”  Upon returning to St. Augustine, Jeremy moved into a largely impoverished African-American neighborhood.  He learned of a great civil rights struggle that took place in that community 40 years earlier.  After joining a local church, through his friendships he began documenting the life stories of people who had led the way for freedom so many years ago.  These stories became the basis for his first feature-length film, “Dare Not Walk Alone.”


An award-winning film, “Dare Not Walk Alone” has screened at numerous festivals, including the Atlanta Film Festival, Cinequest Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Jacksonville Film Festival, Sarasota International Film Festival, Connecticut Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, and the Western New York Black Film Festival.  The film received the Audience Award from Deep Focus Film Festival in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information on the film, visit or


The 2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975.  Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations The Arts Council, Inc., The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc. and the Martin County Tourist Development Council.  Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit


The 2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers continues at the Blake Library October 11, November 15, February 14, March 14 and April 11.  Bookmarks with a schedule and description of films are available at all Martin County libraries.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site,





  1. Hey very nice blog!!….I’m an instant fan, I have bookmarked you and I’ll be checking back on a regular….See ya

    I’m Out! 🙂

    Comment by online stock trading guru — January 11, 2010 @ 12:15 am

  2. Thank you. Look for a future post on the Feb. 14 film, “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman,” shortly.

    Susan Opasik
    Blake Library

    Comment by mclswebblog — January 21, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

  3. The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers will have another film at the Blake Library Feb. 14. Press release will be posted here soon.

    Susan Opasik
    Blake Library

    Comment by mclswebblog — January 21, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

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