Bill Clinton has accepted a request to narrate the upcoming film, Up Among the Hills, The Story of Fayetteville, it was announced today.
The 60-minute documentary on the history of Fayetteville was written and produced by Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Larry Foley.
The former U.S. president, who once made his home in Fayetteville as a young law professor, married his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a small house on California Boulevard in 1975. The street, recently renamed to Clinton Drive, honors the Clintons and their home which is now open as a museum.
Foley and his team have spent the past two years researching and filming the documentary which will premier at the Fayetteville Public Library this fall at a black tie gala event on Friday, Oct. 19.
The film is being made possible through the library’s National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant. Funds raised for the grant were used to hire Foley as well as purchase scanning equipment to archive photos from patrons. As executive producer of the film, the library has reached out to the Fayetteville community requesting use of family images that can be used in the film and added to the library’s digital collection. Library staff have so far collected over 1,200 photos and hope to have 5,000 by the time the film debuts.