The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Firelight Films, Inc   |   USA

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 culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. The film uses extensive archival materials to render an engaging and nuanced portrait of the Black Panther Party. The two hour film is comprised of over 50 minutes of archival footage alone. The research team investigated hundreds of sources, both domestic and international, as well other filmmakers' archives. The coup de grace came when never-before footage found on the floor of person's closet matched the audio of a never-before heard phone confrontation between Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver, allowing us to present a pivotal and resonant scene. Many of the photos used in the film have also never been seen. Sources include, but are not limited to, filmmakers, US and international archives: and numerous broadcast affiliates: ABC NEWS VIDEOSOURCE, Associated Press, CBS Television Distribution, Center for Sacramento History / KCRA, Chicago Film Archives, Cine-Tamaris (Agnes Varda), Critical Past, Freedom Archives,Getty Images, Global Imageworks, INA Media, ITN Source, Mark Kitchell ,MAYSLES FILMS, Morley Markson, The National Archives and Records Administration, NBC News NBC Universal Archives
, Third World Newsreel, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, White House Communications Agency, Oddball Film+Video, Producers Library, Hoover Institution Archives, Sveriges TV (SVT Swedish Television), T3 Media, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Washington University Film & TV Archive, ARTE France.