The story of the Black Panther Party (BPP) in the voices of Party members. BPP members define themselves and their movement.
REQUESTED SUPPORT: Kickstarter support will be used for development, research and organizing the wealth of archival material at the Huey P. Newton Foundation. There are rewards for specific contribution amounts however we welcome contributions at any level. A request through Kickstarter for production support will be posted after the completion of the development/research stage. We are also seeking private investors, as this story must be told outside of mainstream media. This will be the only film on the BPP that has the support of the Huey P. Newton Foundation. The deadline to raise development funds is July 29, 2012. We can make the goal we only need 2000 people to contribute $20 each!
THE STORY: This film will tell the story of the Black Panther Party (BPP) from inside the Party. The film will not be narrated the stories and remembrances of Black Panther Party members will carry the narrative. Other films have explored the Black Panther Party from the point of view of fringe and short time Party members this film will explore the inner workings and the evolution of the BPP through the story of Huey P. Newton; a brilliant, complex man with character defects, a man whose commitment to the humanity and dignity of Black people and all of humanity is documented in his books and essays but is mostly unknown to the general public. His story as leader and standard-bearer of the BPP will be interwoven throughout the film. Intimate interviews, unseen film footage and unheard audio recordings will drive the narrative. While the dynamic legacy of the Black Panther Party has made its way into the public consciousness, much has been misrepresented and inaccurately documented by individuals, organizations, news media and scholars. The most common image of the Party is a small group of Black Panther Party members marching into the California Legislature, in May 1967, fully armed in protest against a pending gun control bill aimed at the Party’s position that blacks had a Constitutional right to bear arms. The Party's message that day shocked the nation and became a clarion call to young blacks. However, the image of the Party as aggressive, young black Americans toting guns must not be the primary image in the nations and the world’s collective memories. Rather, the world should remember the Black Panther Party for who they really were young black men and women who defended the humanity, dignity and rights all Americans. The philosophy of the Black Panther Party as defined in the 10-point program addressed the basic needs and desires of the community, it was bold and decades ahead of its time. The 10-point program and the Black Panther Party demanded that America serve the needs of the people. The legacy of the Black Panther Party continues today, which is one of the reasons why the corporate mainstream media, continues its attempts to distort and disfigure its legacy. But said media will not prevail. The people will! We need your support to tell this story outside of the forces of mainstream media.
I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.
Huey P. Newton (1942-1989)
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