The Trouble I've Seen - documentary features music by Adam Gussow
The video documentary, THE TROUBLE I’VE SEEN, was produced for the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice project at the Northeastern University School of Law. It examines three cases of race-based murder from the pre-civil rights era, and efforts by NU School of Law students to seek justice for families and communities. Optik Nerve took their cameras to Mississippi, Alabama and East Texas, to meet the victim’s families and members of the communities where the murders took place. The program is tremendously moving as aged family members recount the stories of murder and justice denied. Local officials also comment on the cases. Professor Margaret Burnham puts these cases in their historical context and NU School of Law students review their work seeking restorative justice. The program has an outstanding music track featuring over 20 original cuts of delta blues performed on guitar and harmonica by Adam Gussow, of University of Mississippi with Bryan W. Ward, and Thaddeus Hogarth of Berkleee College of Music, Boston. The music track also weaves in melodies from negro spirituals. Civil rights legend Julian Bond reads the narration. The program was directed, written, designed and edited by Rebecca Miller of Optik Nerve and premiered at an event at Northeastern, January 18, 2013, honoring Dr. Martin Lurther King, and featuring the writer Toni Morrison.