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Film Screenings


Indie Lens Pop Up: Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Friday, February 19, 2016 | 05:30pm



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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the diverse group of voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. 


Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, Ericka Huggins, and dozens of others, as well as archival footage of the late Huey P. Newton and Eldridge CleaverThe Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution tells the story of a pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America.  Their causes, with slogans like "power to the people" and "creating a better world" are relevant again in an era that has seen the rise of the "#Black Lives Matter" movement and tense relations between African American communities and the police. The Black Panthers condemnations of injustice, oppression and brutality in the late '60s and early '70s reverberate again in one city after another. RUN TIME (75:15)


BEFORE THE FILM:  Featured readings by Mixed Company Project 


AFTER THE FILM:  Stay for the talk back discussion with moderator Ted Quant, social activist and former Director of the Twomey Center for Peace through Justice at Loyola University New Orleans. Guest panelists to date are Parnell Herbert, Community Organizer; Malik Rahim, Co-founder of Common Ground and State Representative for National Alumni Black Panther Party. 


We will also be honoring the birthday of Albert Woodfox, the last remaining incarcerated member of the “Angola 3.”


stanley-nelsonStanley Nelson: Director/Producer/Writer


Stanley Nelson is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, MacArthur “genius” Fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in August 2014. THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is Nelson’s 8th film to premiere at Sundance Film Festival. It will premiere in theaters this fall. Nelson has directed and produced numerous acclaimed films, including FREEDOM SUMMER, FREEDOM RIDERS, JONESTOWN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PEOPLE’S TEMPLE and THE MURDER OF EMMETT TILL. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Films and co-founder of Firelight Media, which provides technical support to emerging documentarians. With numerous industry awards to his credit, Nelson is acknowledged as one of the preeminent documentary filmmakers working today. Currently in production on TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, which is the second in a series of three films Nelson will direct as part of a new multi-platform PBS series entitled America Revisited.

laurens-grantLaurens Grant: Producer

Laurens Grant is a Peabody and 3-time Emmy award-winning producer and director who has been making films for more than a decade. Her latest documentary, JESSE OWENS, won an Emmy for Outstanding Research and received 2 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Historical - Long Form and Outstanding Music and Sound.

The film is the first full-length documentary about the life and legacy of the African-American sprinter whose four gold medal wins at the 1936 Berlin Olympics defied Hitler’s Aryan beliefs. Grant also produced the documentary FREEDOM RIDERS which premiered at Sundance, won a Peabody, 3 Primetime Emmys, was featured on Oprah, and clips are featured in Lee Daniels’ film, THE BUTLER.

aljernonAljernon Tunsil: Editor

Aljernon Tunsil is an Emmy-winning editor who has been editing films on a range of topics from civil rights, Native Americans and political issues for more than a decade. His latest film, the critically-acclaimed FREEDOM SUMMER, premiered at Sundance. His other films include the Emmy-winning films JESSE OWENS and FREEDOM RIDERS; and THE ABOLITIONISTS, a 3-hour documentary film about a brave multiracial abolitionist movement that banded together to end slavery in the United States.







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