“Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer” is a powerful documentary film I’m directing and producing that’s offering a solution to one of the most pressing and provocative issues of our time — racial profiling. We’re creating a film that will promote reconciliation and healing between police and the rest of the community. I’d like to ask for your participation as a media partner. Details of the film and the “L.O.VE. Is The Answer” movement are below and attached.
Academy Award Winner, Sundance Winner, 4x Emmy Nominated Producer and Director of Photography, Errol Webber is our Director of Photography and a Producer (Watch the “Errol Webber Cinematography Reel at https://vimeo.com/139722591. His website is http://www.errolwebber.com).
We recently filmed principal photography in Baltimore, MD; Columbia, MD; and Washington D.C. We captured 30 amazing and powerful interviews with police officers, business leaders, activists, students, pastors and others who are interested in reconciliation. Here is a link to some of the unedited clips of the film to give you an idea of the subject matter and our desire to bring healing (please do not post this link on social media): https://youtu.be/zVv2VWlkr9g. We plan on filming the remaining interviews in June and July. Our goal is to have the film completed by the end of October, in time for the American Film Market (see http://www.americanfilmmarket.com), the world’s premier international film business event.
We’ve secured a promotional commitment from Brave New Films (http://www.bravenewfilms.org/) that will include them promoting our trailers and offering a 10-day free screening of our film to their social media audience of more than 500,000 people.
Celebrities are endorsing the film. Veteran actor and former pro football star Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and former NBA player Anthony Bonner are the latest celebrities to commit to supporting the film and our efforts to build unity in the community through L.O.V.E.
The Founders of the Movie Makers Academy have selected us to participate in their inaugural program. The Movie Makers Academy is the ultimate master class for an indie filmmaker. This groundbreaking 10-week course is being led by three of the most financially successful socially-conscious filmmakers in the world: Jeff Hays (Bought Movie, ‘On Native Soil’ — http://www.jeffhaysfilms.com), Nick Poluzzi (The Sacred Science, ‘The Tapping Solution’ —www.thesacredscience.com) and Pedram Shojai (‘Origins’, ‘Vitality’ — http://www.pedramshojai.com). They are making a personal commitment to helping us succeed financially.
“Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer” deals with racial profiling head-on. The film also deals with the lesser talked about part of the equation — the need for bridge-building, understanding and forgiveness on the part of members of the community who have been hurt by those abusive police practices. We are building a pathway — a two-way street — to assist in the healing. This is a story of reconciliation; the storyline can be appreciated around the world, just like how stories of the rise of Mandela and the end of Apartheid in South Africa inspired people in the U.S. to improve race relations.
Sincerely, AJ Ali