TAKE AN UNPRECEDENTED LOOK AT THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY IN STANLEY NELSON’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED “THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION”

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TAKE AN UNPRECEDENTED LOOK AT

THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY IN

STANLEY NELSON’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED

“THE BLACK PANTHERS:

VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION”

 

Available on DVD & Blu-ray from PBS Distribution on February 16

Airing on PBS February 16 (Check Local Listings)

Official Selection at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and

Had a Limited Theatrical Release in Fall 2015

Click Here for a Preview of the Program

 

 

Arlington, Va. – January 27, 2016 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “INDEPENDENT LENS: THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION” on DVD and Blu-ray. Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders) thoroughly examines The Black Panther Party, as he sifts through the fragmented perceptions of the movement and the Party itself.

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION,” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray February 16, 2016. The DVD and Blu-ray run time is approximately 120 minutes. The DVD SRP is $24.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $29.99. The program will also be available for digital download.

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION” is the first feature-length documentary to explore The Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and dozens of others, this film is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America.

As Nelson states, “To better understand The Black Panther Party is to be able to better reflect on our own racial climate and collective responsibility to ensure basic rights are fulfilled, not diminished, and that voices of justice and dissent are celebrated, not silenced.”

About the Filmmakers

Stanley Nelson (Director/Writer/Producer) is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in August 2014. Nelson has directed and produced numerous acclaimed films, including Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple and The Murder of Emmett Till. He is also co-founder and executive director of Firelight Media, which provides support to emerging

documentarians. Currently in production is Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the second in a series of three films Nelson will direct as part of a new multiplatform PBS series entitled America Revisited.

Laurens Grant (Producer) is a Peabody and three-time Emmy Award-winning producer and director who has been making films for more than a decade. Her latest documentary, Jesse Owens, won an Emmy for Outstanding Research and received two Emmy nominations, for Outstanding Historical - Long Form and Outstanding Music and Sound. Grant also produced Freedom Riders, which premiered at Sundance, won a Peabody, three Primetime Emmys, was featured on Oprah, and has clips featured in Lee Daniels’ film The Butler.

 

About Independent Lens

Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 PM. The acclaimed series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens. Join the conversation: facebook.com/independentlens and on Twitter @IndependentLens.

 

About PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.

PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. PBS Distribution offers consumers high-quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming, and is also a leading source for factual content for international broadcast, cable, and satellite services.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS: THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION

Street Date: February 16, 2016

Genre: Documentary

Theatrical Version Run Time: Approximately 120 Minutes

SRP: DVD $24.99 and Blu-ray $29.99

Format: DVD & Blu-ray