Woodstock Film Festival Presents Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution


The Woodstock Film Festival is excited to announce the special presentation of Stanley Nelson's critically acclaimed festival hit BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION before its theatrical release in September.

The one-time-only screening will take place at Upstate Films Woodstock, August 28 9:30PM. Tickets will be $10 and will include a special introduction by Emily Rothschild on behalf of PBS Distribution.

"This documentary speaks on so many points that are still unfortunately relevant in today's society," WFF co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein said. "It's a moving, powerful, and an assemblage of archival footage and interviews that sheds new light on the Black Panthers mission."

    Panthers on parade at Free Huey Rally in Defermery       Park, Oakland, July 1968. Photo by Stephen Shames

    Panthers on parade at Free Huey Rally in Defermery       Park, Oakland, July 1968. Photo by Stephen Shames

Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.

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. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and many others, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

"Seven years ago, I set out to tell the story of the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, a little known history that hadn’t been told in its entirety," Director Stanley Nelson said. "Thoroughly examining the history of the Black Panther Party allowed me to sift through the fragmented perceptions and find the core driver of the movement: the Black Panther Party emerged out of a love for their people and a devotion to empowering them."

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About the Director:

Director Stanley Nelson

Director Stanley Nelson

Stanley Nelson is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in August 2014. THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is Nelson’s 8th film to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It premieres in theaters this fall.

Nelson has directed and produced numerous acclaimed films, including FREEDOM SUMMER, FREEDOM RIDERS, JONESTOWN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PEOPLE’S TEMPLE and THE MURDER OF EMMETT TILL. He is also co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Media, which provides support to emerging documentarians. With numerous industry awards to his credit, Nelson is acknowledged as one of the preeminent documentary filmmakers working today. Currently in production is TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, which is the second in a series of three films Nelson will direct as part of a new multiplatform PBS series entitled America Revisited.