Based in the Oakland, California area, Sean Durant is a director and producer with over fifteen years of experience in film and commercial production. “Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes” is Sean’s first feature film.

This documentary film is based on the Afterword of the book, Life of William Grimes the Runaway Slave, written by Regina Mason. The Afterword, “My Long Road Back to William Grimes” reveals Regina’s long path to authenticate her ancestor’s story and the intense personal sacrifices that made editing and re-publishing his original book possible.

In the film, Regina’s path is retraced as she visits historical locations and key points of interest along her 15-year path of discovery. The film features special visual effects to create scenes during the 1800s when her ancestor, William Grimes, was enslaved in the South and endured a life of hardship as a free man in the North. This footage is blended with interviews from Regina Mason, her coeditor, Dr. William Andrews, scholars, and others who were a part of her journey.

Gina’s Journey : The Search for William Grimes screens at The Grand Lake Theater – April 6th during the 5-7:00 p.m. session.