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Crowdfund This: Theatrical Release of Stanley Nelson’s ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’

Crowdfund This: Theatrical Release of Stanley Nelson's 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution'

Veteran award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the theatrical distribution of his highly-anticipated new documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” in the fall of 2015.

The film will also be broadcast as part of PBS’ independent film series, “INDEPENDENT LENS,” in winter of 2016.

Promising a definitive portrait of the Black Panther Party – its rise and fall – acclaimed veteran director Stanley Nelson aims to paint a complete and accurate account of the revolutionary black nationalist organization, a film that should act as a reminder, as well as an education (especially for the uninitiated, unaware of those whose shoulders they stand on). 

As Nelson himself states, the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party is a story “that hasn’t been told,” adding that, “the Panthers have been part of other films, or there have been stories about individual Panthers. But there’s never been a really great movie about the Black Panther Party.”

The documentary not only looks at the rise and fall of the Party, but also its influence on how African Americans consider themselves today, especially in consideration of recent (and ongoing) collective action within communities nationwide, in response to multiple incidents of police brutality that led to fatalities. A key Panther practice was its monitoring of police officers, and challenges of police brutality.  

Nelson wants to raise $50,000 to help fund the theatrical release of the film this fall, helping to bring the film to as wide an audience as possible. A theatrical run late in the year could also mean Oscar consideration, as required by the Academy.

As of today, April 21, with 15 days to go, 62% of the campaign’s goal has been raised.

Watch the pitch video below, and head over to the project’s Kickstarter page to make a contribution here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blackpanthers/the-black-panthers-theatrical-release.

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” made its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and continues to travel the film festival circuit.

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