“I talked to neighbors and sensed it was a historic event,” he said. “I felt an obligation to document it in real time.”
The historian said he has talked to a range of people so far including students, teachers, artists, physicians and law enforcement.
“It’s like a bolt of lightning and all of a sudden things have changed,” Dufresne said of the coronavirus pandemic. “Even if you’re in a secure corporate job, you don’t know what’s happening to you.”
The filmmaker is planning for the documentary to be 30 minutes in length and plans to seek funding support from foundations and the local community, he said.
“It’s not going to be Ken Burns (level of documentary film) but I’d like to be a contender,” Dufresne said.
Information on participating in the project is available on the Milton Historical Society website.