After Sherman

In the wake of Southern violence, After Sherman documents the imparting of wisdom between generations of African Americans on how to survive not just materially, but spiritually.

two men looking in different directions
Premiere Date
June 26, 2023
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects
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    2022 Cinema Eye Honors-Spotlight Award
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    Director / Producer

    Jon-Sesrie Goff

    Jon-Sesrie Goff is a multidisciplinary artist and social change instigator. He has offered his lens to a variety of projects spanning many genres including award-winning documentaries. Works include Out in the Night (POV, Logo), Evolution of a Criminal (Independent Lens) and Spit on the Broom, among others.

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    blair dorosh-walther

    blair dorosh-walther is an award-winning documentary director, activist, and artist passionate about inspiring action for social justice. Their first feature-length documentary Out in the Night had its international premiere at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival with a simultaneous broadcast on POV and Logo in 2015.

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    Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich

    Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich is a filmmaker and artist. Her work has screened all over the world and is recognized by the Time Inc. Black Girl Magic Emerging Director’s series. Madeleine has a degree in film and photography from Hampshire College and has a Master of Fine Arts in film and media arts from Temple University.

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    The Film

    Georgetown, South Carolina is a community deeply rooted in Gullah culture, from coastal Southern recipes to incantations for survival. Filmmaker Jon-Sesrie Goff spent childhood summers there soaking up stories told on his grandmother’s porch. He grew up determined to explore his relationship with his father and the history of African people on the land, to investigate the cultural and spiritual rituals that banded people together. On June 17th, 2015, Jon spoke to his parents as they were on their way to lead a quarterly meeting at Mother Emanuel church. Within several hours, nine parishioners had been shot dead including Reverend Pinckney. His parents unharmed, Jon’s father was appointed interim pastor of Emanuel AME Church in the aftermath of the shooting. In a state of shock, he began to create After Sherman, a film about his community’s collective American inheritance.

    Both a history lesson and a visual survey, After Sherman is a reclamation of space and acknowledgment of spatial tension. Structured around Jon’s journey to tell a personal story of national significance, this is a film about being present in a corner of the American South that is often forgotten except in moments of violence. The film speaks to intergenerational questions between the post-civil rights and civil rights generations. Rather than depicting Black subjects as at the whim of violent forces, After Sherman documents the imparting of wisdom between generations of African Americans on how to survive not just materially, but spiritually.