Location: New York, NY, United States
Completion date: 2011
A documentary about a community flag entitled OUT OF MANY, ONE to honor the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Muriel Stockdale, a local artist, worked with Charlotte’s Place, –a Community Center by Trinity Church– to create the flag. The documentary length is 7:01 minutes and the footage includes interviews and visuals of NY and the making of the flag.
The goal was to create a documentary that would honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Charlotte's Place had just opened and was in its first summer and so the mandate was to do something that many people could participate in the creation of. The flag project was conceived by Muriel Stockdale and commissioned by Jennifer Chinn (Program Director, Charlotte's Place) to draw people into the space to mingle together and make something bright and joyful together.
Violeta Palombo (the videographer) traveled to NY City where she encounter Muriel Stockdale (the artist) who created, designed and planned the flag and the process. At first she was working alone but gradually as September approached people heard about it or stumbled into there space and participated. Tourists, kids, locals, parishioners, families, local clergy, construction personnel, police and just about everybody got involved. Even bishops from Africa sent fabric and hand tracings and some even came to visit the process. There were moments of fun and laughter and moments of tears and remembrance it was a project of the heart and more about process than result. We had a great time together. Fast friends from foreign lands even were made at that time.
The video is available for people to watch it. The flag is now permanently installed at Charlotte's Place and can be seen there today.