ABOVE PHOTO: Nate Parker
By Tambay A. Obenson
Shadow and Act.com
Nate Parker is teaming up with Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg, and writer-director Matthew Cooke to produce a documentary on what they’re calling “the black male crisis” in America, that will emphasize the shooting deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as other black men killed by police officers over the past few years, including Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and more.
To help finance the film, the filmmakers have set up an Indiegogo campaign to raise $25,000 by January 5, 2015, and have, thus far, drawn over $4,100.
According to the project’s Indiegogo page, filming already began in August, in Ferguson, all before the grand jury verdict.
“We knew that the time was of the essence; our goal – capture a moment that months prior to any grand jury verdict was already destined to set a nation on edge,” the Indiegogo page reads.
More: “In response to the growing problem of racial disparity due to the ongoing dehumanization of black men, actor and activist Nate Parker is setting out on a journey of investigation. He will venture into black communities to speak to various stakeholders about the crisis facing these men. Through the examination of specific cases, Nate will create relevant and responsive discourse with the intention of mining strong and tangible solutions to combat this ever-growing crisis. We will also highlight existing programs that are creating effective and sustainable counter action to the crisis.”