Open Secret

a film by Melanie Jeffcoat

Winner of the "Audience Favorite" Award " at the 2010 Politics on Film Festival in Washington D.C.

 Official Selection at the 2011 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, Alabama.


Based on actual transcripts from Alabama's 1901 Constitutional Convention, Open Secret is a re-enactment that looks into a part of Alabama's history that is not well-known and not necessarily pleasant. Delegates to this convention openly discussed ways to disenfranchise black and poor white voters. They dismiss women's right to vote. This group of delegates wrote the Constitution under which Alabama currently operates.

You are invited to attend a viewing of this somewhat controversial, yet historically accurate, re-enactment. All sessions are free.

Click here to see a trailer for Open Secret.


With the founders of the Politics on Film festival in D.C.: from left, Lee Johnson, Philip Dufour, Melanie Jeffcoat, Gayle Osterberg, and Cameron Lynch

For a listing of all scheduled screenings and/or to order a DVD, please click here.

If you would like to schedule a screening of Open Secret, or need a press kit, please contact jared bickford or email opensecretmovie@gmail.com .

To read the actual transcripts used in the making of Open Secret, click here.

Click here for the Open Secret Teacher's Guide

For more resources on constitutional reform, click here.

In the Media

Bob Blalock - The Birmingham News, February 14, 2010

NBC13 Interview, February 23, 2010

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Sponsors of the Open Secret film project

Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform

American Association of University Women of Alabama

The League of Women Voters of Alabama

Greater Birmingham Ministries

The discussion is supported by a grant from the ALABAMA HUMANITIES FOUNDATION, a state program of the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES.