“WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE” directors, Sarah Kunstler and Emily Kunstler
[PREMIERE SCREENING: Friday, Jan. 16, 12:00 pm — Temple Theatre, Park City]
Our film is the story of a man born in 1919 as told by his daughters, who were born in the late 1970s. William Kunstler was a radical civil rights lawyer who took part in many of the major activist and social movements from 1960 to 1994. But we didn’t make this film for the people who lived through that history with him. We made it for younger generations. This is a film about legacy, about looking at your parents’ lives and deciding what to take from their experience. It is a film about what it means to be a person of courage and to take action in your own lifetime.
For us, telling a good story is making a film that inspires people, something that moves an audience to laugh or cry together, to talk about what they experienced, and to take that experience home with them. When we were making this film, we weren’t thinking specifically about new forms of small-screen distribution, but we embrace these new opportunities and know that they will help us in a goal of reaching younger viewers in the U.S. and abroad. It’s an exciting time to be a filmmaker and a moviegoer. There are more stories being told, more voices to hear, and more communities to join.