Q. why create this film now?
A. As a nation, we are reassessing our role in the world community, and the question arises: Why do we engage with the rest of the world? While the pendulum between globalization and isolation has been swinging back and forth for much of America's history, current nationalistic tendencies may well spell the end of efforts like the Peace Corps. So as Americans, we ought to take a close look at these efforts before we abandon them.
The biggest challenge is the gap in communication we now have between the “echo chamber” around the Peace Corps which spends much of its time talking “insider baseball” and the general public that is barely aware the agency still exists. Naturally, the voices from inside the echo chamber feel like there is a need to advertise the Peace Corps. So many of the anecdotes we hear sound like public relations campaigns. But iconizing the Peace Corps would do it a disservice. The story of the Peace Corps has passion, vision, and the potential to serve as a prism through which to view our society as a whole over the last six decades. The American public doesn’t need to be sold the Peace Corps, but rather it needs to understand it and feel that it is a part of the story.
Q. Who are the producers?
A. A Towering Task is an independent documentary. Alana DeJoseph (producer/director) is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and documentary filmmaker. She has been a member of the production teams that brought you The Greatest Good: A Forest Service Centennial Film and Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time. Dave Steinke is a documentary film producer, cameraman, and former Forest Service public affairs director. He was producer on both The Greatest Good and Green Fire. Kelsey Marsh is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and documentary filmmaker with numerous titles to her credit. All three strongly believe in the urgent need for an objective, in-depth look at the history and future of the Peace Corps. Visit our Filmmakers page to learn more.
Q. when can i see it?
A. While a few interviews still need to be recorded, the team now is focusing on editing the rich materials collected. The plan is to complete post-production by the end of 2017 and begin distribution in 2018.