From director Sean Gallagher, comes a feature documentary project presented by Jonathan Demme, titled Brothers Of The Black List, which, as the synopsis states…
… tells the story behind the longest litigated civil rights case in American history. It all began in September 1992, when an elderly woman in Oneonta, New York reported she had been attacked in an attempted rape by a young black male who cut his hand during the altercation. This led to a college administrator at nearby SUNY Oneonta giving the police a list of the names and residences of the 125 black men who attended the school. Police used this list to track down every black male in town, questioning them and demanding to see their hands.
From each of them, the police demanded to know his whereabouts when the attack occurred; each had to show his arms and hands.
Essentially, if you were black and male, you were a suspect, no matter what.
The incident of course drew criticism, and led to the suspension and demotion of the school vice president who released the list, and the resignation of the campus security chief.
It was all a jolt to the many black students and faculty who had grown accustomed to years of racial slights.
Gallagher, a SUNY Oneonta grad himself, says that he started working on the film in 2007, financing it entirely on his own, as well as not only directed it, but also edited the film. So it’s some 6 years in the making, and was finally completed late last year. Clearly a labor of love.
Jonathan Demme signed on to “present” the film, which obviously helps raise its profile as it begins its film festival circuit travels. Most recently, it was accepted into the Africa World Documentary Film Festival.
Stay up to date on the film’s progress via its website here: www.brothersoftheblacklist.com
|April 9, 2014||Dallas, TX||10pm||Dallas International Film Festival
|April 10, 2014||Dallas, TX||7:15pm||Dallas International Film Festival
|April 12, 2014||Lawrence, KS||3:15pm||Africa World Documentary Film Festival
University of Kansas
|April 13, 2014||Philadelphia, PA||6:30pm||Africa World Documentary Film Festival
MKA Institute for Afrocentric Studies
|April 16, 2014||Troy, NY||7pm||The Sanctuary for Independent Media
with Director Q&A after screening
|April 25, 2014||St. Louis, MO||5pm||Africa World Documentary Film Festival
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Watch the trailer below: