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Jonathan Demme Presents Sean Gallagher’s ‘Brothers Of The Black List’ (On 1992 SUNY Oneonta Attempted Rape Case)

Jonathan Demme Presents Sean Gallagher's 'Brothers Of The Black List' (On 1992 SUNY Oneonta Attempted Rape Case)

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:
Date Location Time Details Info
April 9, 2014 Dallas, TX 10pm Dallas International Film Festival
Angelika 4
April 10, 2014 Dallas, TX 7:15pm Dallas International Film Festival
Angelika 7
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:

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