Dr. Nathan Carter Documentary

Greetings All,

I want to invite you to a benefit program I'm hosting to raise funds for the production of my documentary film highlighting the life and impact of conductor, composer and teacher, Dr. Nathan Carter. Experience the Carter Legacy Singers, a community-based ensemble comprised of many of the finest voices influenced by the teachings of Dr. Carter, as they perform staples from the Carter years and beyond. I am also pleased to feature the Selma High School Choir (from Selma, AL), directed by conductor and Carter protege Colin Lett. Come learn more about the film and enjoy a night of unforgettable performances! 

Go to www.drcarterbenefit.eventbrite.com to register! Please share the flyer and link with your networks!

This is a free event but please register to attend. Doors open at 3:30pm. Donations are encouraged, you can make a donation at the concert or online at www.gofundme.com/drcarterfilm. All donations are tax deductible; tax ID #954445418



#GIVING TUESDAY!! 11/27/2018
On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, people around the Globe will celebrate #GivingTuesday.  #GivingTuesday refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. The goal of #GivingTuesday is to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. This is an opportunity to help others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice. HELP me give back to the music community by sharing Dr. Nathan Carter's legacy and highlighting the work that generations of his former students are doing today. Your donation will go towards the production of this film intended to protect a legacy of music and years of teaching that changed lives forever, and still can. http://www.gofundme.com/drcarterfilm 

Help us tell his story and continue to support ART in education. 

Welcome to the GofundMe page for my documentary featuring the life and legacy of Dr. Nathan Carter.

My name is Lauren A. Jackson. I am a television producer, aspiring filmmaker, and graduate of Howard University. I first learned about Dr. Carter, the world-renowned conductor, composer, and director of the Morgan State University Choir for 34 years while still a high-schooler in Columbia, MD. But, it was not until meeting my husband Garrett, a Morgan grad and former music major, that I began to see how extensive Dr. Carter's impact was in his life, and the lives of so many of his friends. Their stories, their music, and their unwaivering pursuit of excellence as young Black men and women shook me. After receiving the full support of Dr. Jean Carter and son Ryan Carter (and a considerable amount of prayer), my team and I have decided to create this film honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Carter, and we need your help to bring it to life.

A donation to this film supports us telling his stories.

Our goal is simple. 1,000 friends giving $100 each. 

All donations are welcome, every bit helps!

Your donation will directly offset the costs related to production, including:

1.   Production crew and gear rental

2.   Location fees and Film permits

3.   Travel expenses

4.   Production insurance & legal fees

5. Music and Archival footage and stills licensing

6.   Transcriptions and post-production.

7. Screenings and Film Festival Submissions.

Production Schedule: We will begin shooting this spring/early summer and hope to complete filming by the end of 2018.

About Dr. Carter:

The documentary tells the story of Dr. Carter's invigorating spirit and southern style, and how it awakened the hearts, minds and voices of multiple generations of predominantly black students, empowering them to use music to break down cultural barriers across the globe.

Though Dr. Carter is best known for his impact on the Morgan State University choir, his journey begins in the Jim Crow south of Selma Alabama in the late 1930s. Despite the political and racial climate of his time, as a musical prodigy and highly intellectual young man, Carter beat the odds; performing music recitals as young as 5, and by 16 he was studying choral conducting at Hampton Institute. Carter continued his studies at Oberlin College, completed two masters degrees at Juilliard in the 1950s and earned his PhD from Peabody Institute where he mastered the art of choral conducting. 

After eight years leading the college choir at Knoxville College in the late 60's - early 70s, he landed at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, and the rest is history. Within the first few years, the choir was performing with major orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, putting this Baltimore-based HBCU on the map. Through the years, the choir was invited to performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, with stars like Steve Wonder, Pattie LaBelle, Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock to name a few. They performed at the White House for both the Reagan and Clinton administration, at a Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II and venues like New York’s MET and Carnegie Hall. Finally, in the winter of 2004, Carter stood at Tchaikovsky's original music stand in St. Petersburg Russia, giving what would be his final international performance. At the time, the performance made history, as it was the first time a black choir had ever performed in the country. The irony there is that the choir had traveled to Russia 30 years prior, only to be told they could not perform because they were—black. 

Today, the fruit of his labor is everywhere, in music halls, churches, classrooms and board rooms. Former students are teaching music and singing in halls all over the globe continuing his legacy and this film intends to honor all of his hard work, mentorship; his music, his legacy, his life.
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Lauren Jackson 
Greenbelt, MD

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