Sometimes documentary filmmakers are inspired to embark on their projects. Others are compelled.
But in the case of the documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt, inspiration, a strong moral compass and increased confidence in himself as a filmmaker and moderator of some of the weightiest topics in American culture, has introduced his audience to Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In?. Itâ€™s a feature-length documentary in the development and fundraising stage. Itâ€™s also timely, given the fallout from the hazing death of Florida A&M University student and Marching 100 Band member Robert Champion.
â€œI have to acknowledge that Iâ€™ve had some fear and trepidation taking on this topic,â€ he said via phone, back from a trip during which he was screening his film, Soul Food Junkies. â€œBut itâ€™s a really timely, important piece. Iâ€™m prepared both as a filmmaker and an intellectual.â€