Julie Dash’s ‘Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl’ Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust,” “The Rosa Parks Story”) has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $55,000 to continue production of her documentary “Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl.”

The film chronicles the life of writer, performer and culinary anthropologist Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, who published the cookbook “Travel Notes” in 1970 and starred in “Daughters of the Dust.”

“We’re using today’s social media and online technology to reach out to people who care about independent film, about women in and on film, about the representation of African American women; and to history, art and food lovers everywhere to help us retrace her unconventional life journey from the South Carolina Low Country to the world’s stage,” Dash said.

Smart-Grosvenor produced the NPR documentaries “Slave Voices: Things Past Telling” and “Daufuskie: Never Enough Too Soon” and wrote “Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off: A Domestic Rap.”

“Daughters of the Dust” won the best cinematography award at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival and was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2004.

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