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"The truth of the matter is, race is going to be seen ... no matter how you pretend to ignore it," said Arroyo-Garay. "The fact that we're even on this project shows that it's going to be noted."
Enter the film
Garvin's film, Southern Blend, promises to offer some edu-tainment, if you will. Along with setting up folks on dates (like the ones we chronicled in this story), the project will toss in some traditional documentary elements — like historical context, factoids, commentary from "edu" types and everyday perspectives from the community. And he plans to take the project to other Southern locales — like Birmingham, Mississippi and South Carolina — to compare and contrast against Charlotte. But all that will depend on funds.
Garvin is currently raising money to finish his film via a campaign on the website Kickstarter.com. But it's an all or nothing deal, so he has to reach his goal of $12,500 to get all the pledges.
"I think it's an important project, and I think it's definitely overdue that we have this conversation," Garvin said. "I think it can be a big step in helping us become the city that we claim it to be and that I believe most of us want it to be."
For more information about the project, including how to invest, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/160599591/southern-blend-a-dating-experiment.