We were honored to premiere "It Is No Secret – The Life and Inspiration of Reverend Clay Evans" at Chicago's Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church on June 25, 2017 in celebration of Rev. Evans' 92nd birthday. For several years, producer Patty Nolan-Fitzgerald had conducted oral history interviews that explored the legacy of this legendary "pastor of pastors." Nolan-Fitzgerald turned to Sommer Filmworks to create a tribute video rich with oral history interviews, archival photos, What a Fellowship Hour broadcasts, and Gospel choir performances. Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed the audience at the premiere screening and luminaries such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Minister Louis Farrakhan were in attendance. Artifacts, photos, and oral history interviews are now all housed at the Chicago Public Library's Rev Clay Evans Archive, where they will be accessible to the general public for decades to come.
Pictured at the premiere are: Ines Sommer, video director;
Patty Nolan-Fitzgerald, video producer; and Matt Lauterbach, editor.