StoryCorps Facilitators, Naomi Greene and Mike Rauch, were invited to the Montgomery premiere of the film Honeydripper, starring Danny Glover and Charles S. Dutton. Filmed in Greenville, Alabama, Honeydripper tells the story of Tyrone Purvis, a juke joint owner trying to keep his failing business afloat during the 1950s.
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After the screening, writer/director John Sayles talked about how his love of soul and blues artists inspired the film’s story and setting. Producer Maggie Renzi gave thanks to local residents who helped in the production of the film. In fact, the film’s extras are local Alabama residents. The facilitators even recognized a group of Alabama State University students who participated in a StoryCorps interview on opening day. At the close of the evening, Naomi was delighted to receive an autograph from young actor Nagee Clay, who attended the event dressed like a star. The poster now hangs proudly in the StoryCorps GriotBooth.