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“MAYNARD” The Documentary Movie – Announced by Auburn Avenue Films

Auburn Avenue Films produces the theatrical documentary about the life and legacy of Atlanta’s first African-American Mayor, Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. The documentary, MAYNARD, is currently in pre-production led by an Oscar nominated and Emmy award-winning team. MAYNARD offers an introspective look into the life of the political and business titan who became Atlanta’s first African-American Mayor.


My father fought the good fight for equal opportunity especially for African-Americans. He believed the way to accomplish that was through the power of the vote, economic strength and educational achievement or, the ballot, the book and the buck, as he put it,” said Brooke Jackson Edmond, daughter of Mayor Jackson. “All Atlantans have benefitted from his work as have countless others far beyond Atlanta. There is a thriving African-American business class largely because of Maynard Jackson.”


MAYNARD will be produced by Auburn Avenue Films; one of Atlanta’s newest production companies. The production team includes Executive Producers:  Wendy Eley Jackson; Maynard H. Jackson, III; Elizabeth Jackson Hodges; Howie Hodges, and Brooke Jackson Edmond. Oscar-nominated producer/director/editor Samuel D. Pollard will direct the film, and Emmy and Peabody Award-winner Sheila Curran Bernard has been tapped as writer. Winsome Sinclair joins the production as producer along with other producers including Donald Jarmond, Karl Carter and Jason Orr; associate producers include Norman “Kozmo” Miller and Jamille Bradfield. 


Mayor Jackson was known as a charismatic and compassionate leader who served a record three terms as Atlanta’s mayor. He is credited with building the world’s busiest airport; leading the crusade to bring the 1996 Olympics to Atlanta; revitalizing downtown Atlanta as a thriving business and residential community; and redeveloping more than 20 of Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods. Yet, in spite of his professional success there were personal challenges as well.


Most people only remember the public side of Maynard Jackson, Jr. but they never saw the man who struggled with the loss of his own father at the age of 15, the brother who buried two sisters, the husband went through divorce, or the father who feared he would lose his only son,” said Maynard H. Jackson, III, son of Mayor Jackson. “In this documentary you will definitely see the giant of a mayor but, more importantly, you see the giant of a real man.”


MAYNARD offers an intimate view of Jackson from those who knew him best. The film will include personal family photos and rare interviews with his widow, his five children, his former wife, and his siblings as well as many of Jackson’s close associates and confidants.

We want people to know how much he cared for all people in the city that he loved,” said Elizabeth Jackson Hodges, oldest daughter of Mayor Jackson. “He wanted everyone leading successful and fulfilled lives and he worked hard for this purpose. However, we totally understand that if we want our stories to be told correctly, we need to tell them ourselves.” This is why the movie about my father is so very important for the world to see,” Elizabeth added.


Auburn Avenue Films also announced the launch of an $800,000 crowd funding campaign on to raise funds for the making of the theatrical documentary, which coincided with Jackson’s birthday. Jackson, who was born on March 23, 1938 and died on June 23, 2003, would have been 77 this year.  The online giving campaign ends on May 17, 2015.


Auburn Avenue Films Inc. is an Atlanta based television and film company specializing in development, production, and post production. For more information about the documentary, please follow the progress at #maynardmovie or contact Auburn Avenue Films at 404-505-8188.

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