Black Panther Party co-founder, Bobby Seale, is showcasing the legacy of the organization he and Huey Newton initially formed to protect the Black community from police brutality in a new cinematic film.
In a press release distributed to media contacts, Seale is hoping to raise $420,000 to begin production of the cinematic life story of the Black Panthers and himself. He has launched a fundraising campaign on IndieGogo.com to help acquire the funding needed to push the project forward. You can donate to the project by clicking here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/266927
The film, which is slated to be filmed this year, is titled Seize The Time, The Eighth Defendant, which is also the title of Seale’s autobiography, already has a script written by Seale and former Black Panther Party member Stephen Edwards. The duo had been shopping the project as a feature-length documentary, but have taken the advice of a Fox Searchlight executive to make it a scripted, drama-filled feature film instead.
Seale says he decided to produce his own cinematic life story because of his frustrations with past films that have been made about the Black Panther Party without his involvement. ”They usually contact me after they have made their film… and often want me to endorse it. I want to do this until I see the final product. Its painful to see the waste of money, resources and talent on film projects that don’t convey the complete story of what happened during the days of the Black Panther Party and the sixties protest movement… There is an entire generation of young people who know nothing about how viciously the FBI attacked us and why. Even people of my generation don’t know that J. Edgar Hoover said the Black Panthers Breakfast for Children program represents the greatest threat to America’s national security… most people don’t know that we won 95 % of our courtroom cases.”
Here’s a description of the film:
“Seize The Time; The Eighth Defendant ” will give its audience a glimpse into the life of Bobby Seale and the social protest movements of the 1960’s and 70’s…The film will also highlight situations in which the Panthers prevailed. Bobby says, “For example, most people don’t know that we won 95 % of our courtroom cases.” Many social programs today go back to the survival programs of the Black Panther Party. And the struggle for justice for African American and minority youth in the face of police oppression is unfortunately as relevant today as it was when Bobby and Huey first took up their rifles and law books to protest police brutality.