Duane Carleton to Premiere Newest Documentary Film
Vermont native Duane Carleton is a busy man. In addition to his active schedule as a professional live musician and recording artist, Carleton has been working for the past three and a half years on ‘Divided by Diversity,’ his second film documentary.
“This is a look at race relations and many modern day issues such as helicopter parenting, cyber bullying and how these elements contribute to racial issues,” said Carleton. The film, which is underscored by a musical soundtrack written and performed by Carleton, will premier at Manchester’s Village Picture Shows on Wednesday, August 31, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 and may be purchased in advance.
‘Divided by Diversity’ explores what happened behind the scenes at a Catholic high school in Rutland, when five young men from the Bronx in New York became students and members of the school’s basketball team. Mount Saint Joseph Academy was struggling with declining enrollment when it accepted the students, who were proteges of youth coach Mugsy Leggett. Leggett saw promise in these players, who came from an unsafe housing project in the Bronx, and wanted to help them pursue their educations and be able to play their sport. The students were welcomed to MSJ, and under the leadership of coach Mark Benetatos, the School’s losing basketball team was transformed, going on to win the 2012 State Championship. Unfortunately, the boys, who were black, were thought by some parents to be outsiders; they complained that they were depriving their children, the local players, of time on the basketball court, sparking a heated dissention fueled by racism and entitlement that attracted the attention of New York Times.
Carelton, whose first foray into documentary filmmaking led to ‘Overtaken by Darkness’ – released in 2012 – about the 1986 murder of Manchester golf pro Sarah Hunter, was intrigued by the story. “‘Divided by Diversity’ is about exposing a social injustice in our region that I believe is a microcosm of what is happening nationwide,” says Carleton. “I showed my other film, ‘Overtaken by Darkness’ to Dave Tibbs (of 94.5 The Drive Classic Hits Radio) and he said he had another story for me. He told me the basics and made the introduction to Mark Benetatos.” He added, “I actually had begun another film right before I started ‘Divided by Diversity.’ I was approached by a friend of mine at a showing of ‘Overtaken by Darkness’ in Manchester, who told me that her mother had been murdered in 1971, and it is the story of how that happened, who did it and how (the murderer) was not prosecuted. The working title is ‘In the Interest of the State.’ To find out more about Duane Carleton and his work, visit duanecarleton.com and carltonefilms.com.