*#AmeriCAN is a short film and public service announcement that comes in response to recent events that have divided the country over racial lines.
With the influx of violence against black males in America over the past few years, the piece strives to offer a unique perspective in examining the value of lives of the country’s citizens.
The intention of the message, “all lives matter,” is to pull people together from both sides of the disparity and inspire the kind of empathy and mutual understanding necessary to promote meaningful discourse and domestic reconciliation.
The goal is to bring all people together, without exception to race, religion, gender or age, and send the message that all blood flows red. The film is directed and written by Nate Parker from a story by James Lopez, producer of the project.
SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS
#AllLivesMatter, #AmeriCAN, #AmeriCAN_Epathize, #AmeriCAN_Heal, #AmeriCAN_Change
QUOTES FROM FILMMAKERS
“As I sat in my home and watched the Ferguson protests I felt we had to do something. We had to make a statement so I called Nate and pitched him my idea. Nate just happened to be getting ready to travel to Ferguson to join the protests. When he landed in Ferguson he called and told me that he had written the script. Three weeks later we were shooting it. With little to no resources we were determined to make this happen. We simply want those on either side of the divide to empathize.” – Producer James Lopez/@IAmJamesFLopez
“The only thing worse than the ever-growing epidemic of murdered black youth in America, is the lack of empathy expressed by many of our country’s citizens. In developing this project, our goal was to create a piece of media that would offer a relatable perspective to all who watched it. It is my hope this film promotes sustainable discourse and serves as a conduit for empathy, healing and change. – Director Nate Parker/@NateParker
(also starred in Beyond the Lights—in theaters nationwide 11/14/14, Red Tails, The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters and Pride) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1676649/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Nate Parker – Director/Writer. James Lopez – Producer/Story By.
Kay Madsen – Director of Photography. Valerie Bleth Sharp – Producer. Mo McRae – Actor/Producer. Hernany Perla – Producer.
Featuring La La Anthony (Power, Think Like A Man), Andre Royo (The Wire, Red Tails), Mo McRae (Sons of Anarchy), Affion Crockett (Baggage Claim, The Wedding Ringer), Brian White (Hostages, Hawaii Five-0), Omar Benson Miller (CSI Miami, Miracle At St. Anna) and David Franzoni (Academy Award® winner; writer for Amistad, Gladiator and King Arthur; producer of Gladiator)
Song by J.Cole – Be Free (Grammy Award® nominee)