A New Documentary on America's First Muslim Fraternity Looks Great. But It Needs Your Help.
If there's one obvious takeaway we've got from this year's Dallas International Film Festival, it's that Dallas isn't lacking when it comes to engrossing documentaries. Indeed: For different reasons, The Starck Project and We From Dallas each impressed the crap out of us this week.
And, now, we've got news of yet another should-be compelling piece coming down the pipeline from a couple of enterprising, Dallas-based documentarians.
For the past six months, Dylan Hollingsworth (whose work you may recognize from appearing on this very site from time to time) and Wheeler Sparks have been hard at work on a new feature-length film focusing on the University of Texas at Dallas' Alif Laam Meem fraternity, otherwise known as Alpha Lambda Mu, which is notable due to the fact that it's America's first Muslim fraternity.
Now tentatively called Brotherhood: America's Favorite Muslim Fraternity, the film focuses on the struggles and perhaps surprising normalcy of the February 2013-founded fraternity.
Says Hollingsworth in a note sent our way about the project: “I think this film is a really important piece of our current American landscape and an important push for understanding and equality in a community that is misunderstood and feared, and yet so very beautiful.”
Sure comes off that way based on the below embed, which, if you click on it, also reveals the fact that Hollingsworth and Sparks are looking for a little assistance in funding their independently produced effort. Over the span of the next three-and-a-half weeks, the filmmakers are seeking to back their efforts with $50,000 in crowd-funding.
Sure, Kickstarter campaigns are annoying — even Hollingsworth admits that in his correspondences with us on the subject — but this feel-good project about a unique group of impressive, young individuals, seems well worth the aid.