An old African proverb says, “When an old man dies, a library burns.” My name is Edward Dupins and I’ve recently had the opportunity to research my family history. Surprisingly, I traced my ancestry to James Pearcy, my 2nd great grandfather, an emancipated slave who served in the Civil War. It was during this journey of my past that I posed the question, what would my kinfolk have said to me if they had had the chance? What would their libraries have offered me? From these thoughts sprang the story of Last Stop, a short film which now serves as my Thesis production as I seek candidacy for my Master in Fine Arts for Digital Filmmaking. I am asking for your help in securing funds to cover the production cost of the film.
Last Stop is the story of a young African American male’s struggle to live. Having given up on life and his family, Benjamin seeks solace in the family cemetery as he gathers the courage to end his life. As he pours out his despair and a bottle of whiskey in tribute to family members, Benjamin finds himself inexplicably transported back to 1860. Once fighting to die, he must now fight to survive the night as a runaway slave. On this journey, Benjamin runs into a “library” in the making. Last Stop is a story I believe my great great grandfather would have shared with me had I ever met him.