His vision inspired many. His dance influenced artists worldwide. His music impacted his fans. On August 29, 2011, Michael Jackson would have celebrated his 53rd birthday.
Today his fans honor the man, the music, the legacy of Michael Jackson with a fan documentary. The Way He Makes Them Feel: A Michael Jackson Fan Documentary, a film by Joelle Arqueros, Todd Lampe and ErinRose Widner, was presented in Portage, Ind. on Sunday, August 28.
Hosted by Film Courage, the documentary spotlights the deep impact Michael Jackson has made on his fans even after his passing. The film presentation included live Michael Jackson-inspired performances, by his fans and some of the film’s stars.
According to the film’s press release, “Shortly after Michael Jackson unexpected death, there was an upsurge in the presence and voices of his fans that for years had been quiet. The Way he Makes Them Feel: A Michael Jackson Fan Documentary focuses on Michael Jackson’s fans worldwide, from all walks of life and backgrounds, amplifying how one man changed and affected the lives of so many in both gentle and dramatic ways, through his music and his life. The film closely follows a select few. Dan Seaton Brown, a renowned artist who recently sold his 144 square foot portrait of Michael Jackson (comprised entirely of soda cans) to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Hear Trevor Jackson who recently gained attention from the media and celebrities for his own incredible Michael Jackson song and dance tribute that circulated on YouTube.”
Filmmaker, Todd Lampe attended the screening in Portage, Indiana explains, “We are thrilled to be screening our film in Indiana, the home state of Michael Jackson. I am fortunate enough and excited to be attending this very special event, meeting admirers from all over, and honoring his legacy with the people who meant so much to him, his fans.”
Michael Jackson’s family is organizing a tribute concert, while fans highlight their own way to honor him on his birthday. This past weekend, in Gary, Ind. fans surrounded his childhood home to commemorate and pay tribute to Jackson. His parents, Joe and Katherine Jackson along with Jackson’s three children were present to welcome them for this four-day Legends Festival.
The Way He Makes Them Feel is considered to be an insightful documentary seen through the eyes of those that loved him the most, his fans. Revealing how people discovered him and the impact he had on his fans not only in his life, but also after his death. The documentary tells their stories and sentiments’ revealing Jackson’s legacy as an artist and humanitarian.
The Los Angeles screening will debut tonight, Monday August 29, at the Downtown Independent 251 S. Main Street from 7:30pm-11:30pm. Live performances begin at 7:30pm. Co-producer/director Joelle Arqueros will host the Q&A following the screening.