NewFilmmakers Announces Event Line-Up for July 2
NewFilmmakers is a unique Screening Series that gives new filmmakers the opportunity to screen their films in New York, Los Angeles, and Online. On Wednesday, July 2nd, NewFilmmakers begins its Summer Series and celebrates the upcoming 4th of July Holiday with the Black Panther Commemoration Committee New York.
6:00 PM Special Program
co-produced by Black Panther Commemoration Committee New York
Voices of Political Prisoners:Voice of Liberation (2002, 20 minutes, video)
Interviews by John O'Reilly and Nina Dibner
Edited by Eve Goldberg and Claude Jalil Abdul Muntaqim (formerly Anthony Bottom) was 19 years old when he was arrested. He is a former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, and is one of the longest held political prisoners in the world.
BUT YOU CAN'T JAIL A REVOLUTION (17 minutes)
produced by King Downing
A TV network investigation team visits a small Louisiana town to film racial profiling and the police killing of an unarmed grandfather on his porch. There they find out that the town is also home to the grave of Black Panther Party Leader, Fred Hampton, the dynamic Illinois State Chapter Chairman. Hampton was killed in an illegal Chicago police raid in 1969. Activists around the world remember "Chairman Fred." But so does the Klu Klux Klan. See the shocking details of the desecration of "Chairman Fred's grave.
Vadim Jean IN THE LAND OF THE FREE (2010, 84 minutes)
This 2010 documentary (narrated by Samuel L. Jackson) is about the Angola 3, three prisoners who while serving their time in Angola State Prison (the United States' most notorious penal colony) joined the BPP and participated in non-violent resistance campaigns protesting the terrible conditions, prisoner abuse and sexual slavery rampant inside the prison. As a result they were falsely accused of murder while in prison and have all been, with the exception of Robert King who was released in 2001, serving the last 38 years in solitary confinement.
8:30 PM Feature Presentation
Katherine Nero FOR THE CAUSE (2013, 85 minutes)
As Mirai Scott, a civil rights attorney, celebrates her most recent court victory on behalf of a wrongfully convicted man, she is contacted by her father, RollySpencer, a former Black Panther who went underground 30 years earlier to escape an attempted murder charge. Mirai refuses to take Rolly's case, but her curiosity about her parents' relationship is aroused when her otherwise frank-speaking mother, Fredi Scott, refuses to talk about what happened between her and Mirai's father during their days in the Party. Mirai's efforts to win Rolly's freedom uncover painful and dangerous secrets from her parents' past through which she learns the true meaning of family and love.