Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg and actor Nate Parker are teaming on a “Black Male Crisis” documentary in the U.S. in the wake of the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. in August.
Berg, Parker and writer-director Matthew Cooke launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday — two days after the announcement of a grand jury failing to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting.
The campaign has already generated $3,125 or 12% of its $25,000 goal. Deadline for contributions is Jan. 5.
“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,” the campaign site said. “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.”
Berg said she and Parker met and began collaborating a few years ago.
“Our conversations about race in this country have been ongoing,” she said. “It is truly a tragic state that we are in that we have to remind people that we abolished slavery 150 years ago but the sad statistics today show that black people are targeted every day by the system. Our systemic racial profiling is very deeply embedded in our culture and the Michael Brown case shows we have to find a way to change this. Now.”
SOURCE: Dave McNary