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Comedy is rage!

Legendary entertainer and activist Dick Gregory made history in the 1960s as the first black comedian to appear on national television, preceding comedians like Richard Pryor, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. 

Soon he joined the Civil Rights Movement, and worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Today, at 83-years-old, he continues to fight injustice in America, amazingly while still doing stand-up.

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"I wouldn't mind paying taxes - if I knew they were going to a friendly country." - Dick Gregory

As a kid, I first heard of Dick Gregory on the box of a nutritional supplement called “Dick Gregory’s Bahamian Diet.” It was a huge success, like many other iconic health products such as Newman’s Own or Burt’s Bees. More interestingly, it had a purpose: to fix a problem.

As  filmmaker, I researched and consumed everything I could about the man whose face was on the box. I read his books. I listened to his albums. I watched countless hours of video and archival footage. A mere Google search kept me up for days. Before long, I was on the phone with Dick Gregory himself.

We talked for hours about his life and we agreed that my generation is at the start of a "new civil rights movement." I was invigorated and inspired even more to make this film, and immediately set up a plan of action.

The elements are there, but filmmaking is hard work. We are examining a life that spans six (6) decades. From being discovered by Hugh Hefner and invited to the Playboy Club, to marching with Dr. King, to protesting with George Clooney, to touring with Paul Mooney, in Dick Gregory we have an incredible resource, but a story that needs the funds to do it justice.

You are the most important of this whole equation. Your support, your involvement, your contributions provide the key component necessary to make this film a reality.  I'm excited to have you join us, 

Andre Gaines
Director

Introducing Mr. Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory has one of the most unique and prolific lives of any person I’ve ever researched. He is a comedian, activist and living legend who has seen and touched almost every major figure in American culture since the 1950s. He continues to be one of the most quotable celebrities in American pop culture.  He also ran for president.  

During the height of his career, Dick Gregory decided that freedom was more important than money and he joined the Civil Rights Movement. Ever since he's been a prominent activist who has participated in hundreds of marches, fasted in protest more than sixty times and been jailed over fifty times. He has travelled this road before and actually won!

While this is just a short list of his extraordinary experiences, as a filmmaker, Dick Gregory was the perfect fit to tell the true story of American survival.  His American legacy is that he changed the way we think about race and human rights. Everything he stands for is what this film is about. 

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Risks and challenges

One of our biggest challenges is combing through archival material spanning six (6) decades. Dick Gregory has an enormous wealth of experiences from stand-up comedian to running for president, it will be an extraordinary research feat to get through it all. With the strength of our team, we are confident that we can dig deep and produce an amazing film for YOU!

Our fundraising goal is $200,000, and although this goal may be ambitious, we are confident that with YOUR SUPPORT we can reach it! The more you pledge, the better film we can produce!

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    ORIGINAL DICK GREGORY EMOJI SET

    For those times when a Dick Gregory expression depicts exactly how you feel.

    Backers who contribute $10 or more receive an easy-download to 10+ Dick Gregory themed cartoon expressions and GIFs to share with your friends, colleagues or family when words simply are not enough.

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    DICK GREGORY HISTORIC DIGITAL COLLECTION

    Gain unique access to this rare, vintage, digital collection of behind the scenes photographs, articles, interviews, and more with Dick Gregory and friends of civil disobedience.

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    ORIGINAL POSTER: DICK GREGORY ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATION (11" x 17")

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    EARLY STREAM OF THE DICK GREGORY FILM

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    'NIGGER' AUTOBIOGRAPHY (PDF DOWNLOAD)

    This book should be required reading. Dick Gregory tells the story of one Black man's life from poverty to world-class entertainer and comedian. Most biographies would end here, but Dick Gregory is not content with his incredibly successful career. He details his desire to make the world a better place for all of the disadvantaged.

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    SOLIDARITY WRIST BAND

    #Solidarity is a phrase that best encompasses the purpose of our film. With Dick Gregory as our guide, we will ask questions, find answers, and initiate the exchange of valuable information from one generation to the next.

    Wear this #Solidarity wrist brand to remind yourself and others that information is power.

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    SOCIAL CURRENCY:
    VINTAGE "DICK GREGORY FOR PRESIDENT" DOLLAR BILL

    Own a piece of controversial history with this revolutionary form of promotion featuring Dick Gregory's face at the center of the US $1 bill, Dick Gregory was actually threatened by the government to remove these promotional tools for looking 'too similar' to the $1 Bill back then.

    For a Limited Time Only, and Exclusive to #DickGregoryFilm, we are bringing these vintage pieces of American history back!

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    DICK GREGORY: THE BLACK SURVIVAL GUIDE

    Drawn from over 80 years of experience living in America, this booklet is intended to help readers achieve for themselves what Dick Gregory has had to learn the hard way.

    It is the perfect informational companion to keep in your glove box for the next time you get stopped by the cops!

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    SPECIAL THANK YOU IN FILM CREDITS

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    LIMITED EDITION POSTER: JET MAGAZINE COVER FEATURING DICK GREGORY, REDD FOXX AND RICHARD PRYOR (1979) (18 x 24).

    "Should the word 'Nigger' be banned?" This infamous issue of Jet Magazine is where Richard Pryor drastically changes his views about the word "Nigger." Pryor, Dick Gregory and Redd Foxx are interviewed about their choices, views, and experiences.

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    LIMITED EDITION POSTER: JET MAGAZINE COVER FEATURING DICK GREGORY, JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO (1972) (18 x 24).

    In an article titled "Ex-Beatle Tells How Black Stars Changed His Life," this issue of Jet Magazine covers the influence of black culture on Pop Culture. Through a series of exclusive photos of Dick Gregory in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's home, Lennon shares how Dick Gregory changed his life.

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    VINTAGE "DICK GREGORY FOR PRESIDENT" LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT (SET OF 2) (HIS & HERS)

    This authentic reproduction of 1968 US Presidential campaign boasts "Dick Gregory for President" and features a distressed worn look.

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    DICK GREGORY LAPEL PIN AND T-SHIRT
    (Set Includes Two (2) Shirts and One (1) Lapel Pin)

    Show your support during this presidential year with this limited edition COMBO PACK vintage "Dick Gregory for President" t-shirt and exclusive Lapel Pin of your choice. Makes for the perfect conversation starter -- especially when people start talking about Trump!

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    DICK GREGORY FILM ON BLU-RAY AND DVD

    Get the finished film, behind the scenes bonus footage, and extras on Blu Ray and DVD before everyone else.

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    LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED PRINT OF
    "NATURAL DIET FOR FOLKS WHO EAT"

    Informative and witty, this introduction to natural foods and good health by Dick Gregory is a great, fun guide for those who want to learn to eat to live, instead of the other way around.

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    LIMITED EDITION PRINT OF THE BOOK "NIGGER"

    Written by Dick Gregory during the American Civil Rights Movement, he comments on his choice of the title in the book's primary dedication:

    "Dear Momma -- Wherever you are, if ever you hear the word "nigger" again, remember they are advertising my book."

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    LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED PRINT OF THE BOOK "UP FROM NIGGER"

    In this follow-up book, Dick Gregory describes the decade in which he evolved from nightclub comedian to human-rights crusader, a decade of personal commitment and high adventure.

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    TICKET TO PRIVATE SCREENING OF THE DICK GREGORY FILM

    Join Dick Gregory and the filmmakers for a special screening of The Dick Gregory Film for our supporters. WE will host a private screening for all of our supporters at the $150 level or above.

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    SIGNED VINYL PRINT "THE DARK SIDE ; THE LIGHT SIDE" COMEDY ALBUM (1968)

    This record showcases Dick Gregory following his run for the White House. This two-record set finds Gregory ruminating on a number of topics, mostly political, such as: How young people can make a difference; How it is more important to learn how to live than it is to be indoctrinated by society and the educational system; and how the Declaration of Independence called for the rise up against a government that had become corrupt and destructive.

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    SIGNED VINYL PRINT "DICK GREGORY'S FRANKENSTEIN" COMEDY ALBUM (1970)

    Maybe the names of the protagonists and antagonists have changed, but the message of "DICK GREGORY'S FRANKENSTEIN" still carries a lot of weight, even into the second decade of the new millennium. Since first appearing on vinyl, Dick Gregory built quite a reputation for his strident political beliefs, evolving from a standup comedian into a social commentator. It is interesting to note how little things have changed since the release of this album in 1970.

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    TWO TICKETS TO PRIVATE SCREENING AT GRAMMY MUSEUM IN LA

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    ULTIMATE DICK GREGORY FAN BUNDLE
    “Behind The Scenes” Package
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    ( 1 ) Original Mixtape
    ( 4 ) Books
    ( 2 ) Hat
    ( 2 ) Dick Gregory For PresidentShirt
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    ( 2 ) Solidarity Wristband

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    EXCLUSIVE DICK GREGORY ANGRY VOICEMAIL RECORDING

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT

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    WE'LL SHOW YOU SOME LOVE!

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    MILLION MAN MARCH BUNDLE

    Commemorate the 20th anniversary of the original Million Man March. In this bundle you'll receive a "Dick Gregory for President" T-shirt, a Walk-On the film, signed photo, a Solidarity Wristband, and Special Thank You credit in the film.

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