A film by Lawrence Benaquist and William Sullivan

Co-creator of Here Am I, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels, Larry Benaquist, reveals, “In the process of researching and interviewing more than 75 people for our film, we uncovered the significance of Jonathan Daniels,” and by so doing helped create a groundswell of enthusiasm for Daniels’ life and work.

The seeds of Hear Am I, Send Me . . . were planted years earlier, the brainchild of Winifred Sullivan who initiated a slide presentation about Daniels for the NH Charitable Foundation. William Sullivan, Keene State College (KSC) professor now emeritus, compiled that slide program and began his connection to Daniels. He and Larry Benaquist, also a KSC professor as well as founder and director of the college’s Film Studies program, started digging into the Daniels’ story and didn’t stop for nearly a decade.

Over 70 individuals in 20 states were interviewed, including four associates of Daniels when he was working in Providence, Rhode Island, as well as Stokely Carmichael, SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) leader and Charles Morgan, former ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) lawyer. The filmmakers utilized the Freedom of Information Act to access the FBI file on Daniels and assembled photos and footage from CBS and the Library of Congress, including seldom-seen material that provides a unique look at this historic period in US history.

The result is a moving story especially relevant to a young audience that can identify with Jonathan’s search for his sense of self and his role in the world at large.

Here Am I, Send Me . . . is beautifully narrated by Sam Waterston, Academy and Emmy Award nominee, well-known for his recurring role on NBC TV’s Law & Order.

The filmmakers, Benaquist and Sullivan, are currently in the research phase of a new project, another film biography of a little-known hero. In this case, its heroine Martha Sharp, who worked courageously to help refugees escape the Nazi regime in Europe during World War II.

Here Am I, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels is currently available for purchase at Toadstool Bookshop in Keene.