Interview with Filmmaker Edward C. Bartel II (UNBELIEVABLE! THE ART WILLIAMS STORY)

Directed by Edward C. Bartel II
“Unbelievable!” provides the audience with a glimpse into the life of Art Williams. From his humble beginnings working alongside his mother and father in the cotton fields at the tender age of four, to his family’s experiences as part of the Great Migration, to breaking the color lines in the Detroit Tigers organization, working as a public servant, and ultimately becoming Baseball’s First Black National League Umpire.

Get to know the filmmaker:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I was initially asked by Art’s niece Maria if I would be interested in telling Art’s story and I said absolutely.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

We began discussions and research in October 2021 and delivered the final edit in February 2022.

3. How would you describe your film in two words?

Consistently motivating.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Not having the immediate opportunity to interview everyone I wanted to.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I was humbled and in gratitude that others found Art’s story interesting and that they learned something new.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

At the age of 12 after seeing The Making of The Empire Strikes Back.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

I would love to be able to get our films in front of industry influencers.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

It has been easy and worry-free. Very organized.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Cowboy steak and asparagus.

11. What is next for you? A new film?

We are currently seeking funding for the full-length version of Art’s story. Also, we’re in post-production of a feature-length documentary about 100 years of women’s political power.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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