Why all the excitement? You ask?
For the uninitiated, Free Angela is an independent film by Shola Lynch.
The film follows the manhunt, arrest, trial and acquittal of Angela Davis in the late ’60s.
It’s Shola’s second independent film.
And it’s getting a whole lot of attention.
The movie screened at the Toronto Film Festival late last year, to rave reviews.
And the buzz has been building ever since.
About a year ago, I first wrote about the film, where I alluded to some heavy hitters backing it.
At the time, I had the inside scoop.
But I couldn’t tell you who they were, because the deal wasn’t done.
But now it’s done.
So without further ado…
Jada Pinkett Smith.
These were just a few of the more notable names backing this project.
But now there’s a MASSIVE distributor (who I am not yet at liberty to disclose) on board, assuring that Free Angela will not be some art house, fringe movie, showing at The Angelika.
Or straight to DVD.
Free Angela And All Political Prisoners (the full title of the movie) will be coming to a nationally distributed theater near you!
The film was originally slated to be released in February.
Why do movies about Black people always have to come out during Black History month?
But they’re planning a spring release to properly market and promote the film.
All I can say is that I can’t wait!
We’re talking a New York premier…
And I’m particularly excited because your’s truly will be front and center!!!
Sure, I’ve been around celebrities all my life.
Note to self: qualify this later.
No big deal, no sweat.
But I’ve never walked the red carpet.
And I’ve never been attached to a project with this much collective star power.
So you’ll forgive me if I gush like a school girl for the next few months.
Post flix from the premier like a starstruck fan.
Or prattle on endlessly about my experience afterwards.
Because that’s what I plan to do.
So stay tuned for more Free Angela updates.
If you haven’t seen the trailer, here it is:
And if you have a chance to see the movie – don’t miss it.
Power to the people!