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With whatever relationship you have with restorefilms I would suspect you already have access to information resources regarding rights in documentary production, but…
…you would likely definitely want:
Signed model releases by all participating, or incidental physically identifiable persons. I have seen in many productions, and actually myself, “smudged out” incident background individuals who I failed to get a release from, or were borderline identifiable.
Some kind of release from the sorority (if this is indeed going to be public/commercial broadcast/cablecast, or produced in volume and sold commercially) giving you full rights to use of images, identifiers, trademarks, blah, blah, blah…
The usual set of production rights agreements with all participating or principal parties above and below the line, who might later offer some legal contention regarding your use if you do not have them on the dotted line.
Notes: People can and often do sue anytime anyway over nothing. Not so much that you couldn’t “win” your case, but the expenses involved in getting a clear (sometimes) court decision will ruin your prospects unless you already have the joy of deep pocket financing.
There are numerous ins and outs of documentary production as it relates to public or commercial airing, and/or distribution, etc. that you really might need to consider the advice of a licensed attorney who deals with such rights and limitations. Nothing I say is intended to be legal advice, or to offer same, simply general information of which your use is entirely your decision based on no promises or inferences made by me. Sorry, necessary. See what I mean?
Videomaker magazine and many, MANY other printed and web resources (do a Google search on a variety of related terms) offer some solid information about what you want to do/accomplish. I’d seek out as much of this as possible first, before seeking an attorney’s advice. Also, the scope and/or limitation of experience with folks participating here is likely not to include many in the upper stratosphere of such production work as they perceive they do not have time to participate in these wonderful, informative and often intelligent forums 🙂
Also, my earlier reference to show your mama or girlfriend was a stupid remark that showed my personal ignorance and the fact that I’d totally failed to take into account your unidentifiable profile with question mark as well as your “Smartsistah” designation. Oops, my bad.