A Bladen County resident’s documentary about White Lake will debut on UNC-TV tomorrow, Thursday, June 25th at 10:15 pm and now we have to opportunity to show our support. The film is ‘White Lake – Remembering the Nation’s Safest Beach’, by Robert Kinlaw, who is Bladen County born and raised and a current student at UNC Chapel Hill.
“This has been a challenging process, but I am so excited that the documentary has been received so well,” Kinlaw said. “My community has been so supportive.”
Kinlaw filmed in high-definition and produced the historic movie when he was only 18 years old. The documentary travels through decades of history with local interviews, vintage photographs, and archived articles, bringing to life the extraordinary accomplishments of a small lake community.
Kinlaw, a third generation White Lake resident, has been interested in video since he was old enough to hold a camera. But it was his middle school exposure to the high-technology computer lab at the Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen County that stirred his fascination with film-making and editing. Under the encouragement of teacher Stephanie Norris, Kinlaw began filming short stories and in The project was two years in the making.
Editing 10 hours of interviews and 100 photographs into a 43-minute video summary was a tedious task.
“Looking back, it was far more complicated, expensive, and time-consuming than I ever imagined it would be,” stated Kinlaw. “I started filming interviews in the summer between my junior and senior years of high school. But it was not until Spring Break of my freshman year at Carolina that I was able to finish the project.
Kinlaw submitted the finished documentary to UNC-TV in May of 2014 and was offered a six-year broadcast contract. The documentary will air across North Carolina, parts of Tennessee, Virginia, and South Carolina. Now, show your support for this great accomplishment and watch Kinlaw’s creation tomorrow at 10:15 pm on UNC-TV. Town Hall at White Lake also has DVDs of the documentary for sale at $30 each or you may visit www.whitelakemovie.com to order your copy. Kinlaw is available for guest presentations. For more information about the project, visit www.robertkinlaw.com, or call 910 876-2403.
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