America’s Hope is a documentary on the making of one of the most significant non-violent popular culture revolutions to ever occur in the history of America, the election of the first African American to the office of Presidency of the United States. America’s Hope documents the period that occurred from 2006 through 2008 around the prospect that a relatively unknown African American of biracial descent, Barack Obama, running for the Presidency of the United States. Obama, newly elected to the U.S. Senate in the state of Illinois, mounted an unlikely challenge to the Democratic Party and the nation, that invoked race, religion, class to overcome political apathy in a way that inspired a nation. One such young man in Los Angeles was inspired to pick up his video camera and document the sentiments of excitement and cynicism around what was viewed by most as a “Mission Impossible.”
Filmed in a backdrop of Americans facing the most horrific economic crisis since the Great Depression, this documentary follows the emergence of a most improbable symbolic presidential candidacy of an African American with message of optimism (Hope and Change) that resonated with the American people and transformed a nation. With Americans was losing their jobs, homes, hope and faith in their country, the American people and the world community had lost faith in the American Presidency, led by George Bush. The documentary shows that how much American people were looking for something to believe in. The Obama campaign offered positive message and a 21st Century strategy of social networking, intellectualism and personal charisma that when juxtaposed against the anti-intellectualism and distrust of the previous eight year administration. This documentary, told through the lens of the African American community and 21st Century popular culture, shows the inter-race and intra-race conflictions of a nation highly polarized by the race realities of the past 225 years.
Mr. Travon Brumfield (TIGER B.), a young Director, discovers two years before the 2008 Presidential Race that a young African American Senator from Chicago Illinois named, Barack Obama, had written a book called the “Audacity of Hope” and was rumored to be a presidential candidate in the 2008 presidential election. Told through a pop culture prism, America’s Hope chronicles a young frustrated, disenfranchised voter, TIGER B., as he begins to follow Obama’s journey while documenting everyday perspectives of what the everyday people around him, and accomplished persons in various segments of American society, feel about Obama, his run for the presidency, race and religion in America and issues of socio-economic confliction that surfaced in the primary and general election campaigns. The documentary chronicles Obama’s surprising climb to the Democratic Party nomination (over favorite, Hillary Clinton) and his contentious battle for the Presidency with Republican Party nominee, John McCain. The film documents the historic inauguration, and the first two years of the Obama administration, as the nation waits for change to occur. The film also documents the sentiments of dozens of Americans in every part of the country trying to analyze the feasibility of a successful presidential run for Barack Obama and witnesses a moment captured in time as America responds to his surprise victory.
The project is constructed in two formats; a five hour, two part version for television and educational instruction (DVD release), and a two and a half hour theatrical release version for popular commercial release.
TIGER B will take you on a journey of a young man trying to find himself, his place in a polarized society. He finds hope in a new political message and a new youthful messenger, that inspired a generation of non-voter, occasional voters and frustrated voters around the nation and the world. America’s Hope shows how the nation responded to a candidacy that was viewed as improbable at best, impossible at worse, that caused disaffected voters and non-political segments of the American population to wake up and pay attention to American politics again. TIGER B documents what others thought would never be possible to see in their lifetime, yet becomes reality right in front of our eyes, through his artistic lens. An American of African decent runs and becomes the nation’s first true African American President of the United States.
Narrated by TIGER B himself, this documentary of President Obama ‘s historic journey will be guided by influential Interviews from scholars to politicians and political operatives, from entertainers to the common man and woman who both believed and doubted that kind of change was even possible. Some of the film’s expert contributor’s are listed below;
Karen Bass, Congresswoman elect, 33rd District/California Assembly Speaker Emeritus
Joe R. Hicks, Vice President, Community Advocates
Mark Ridley Thomas, Ph.D., Supervisor, 2nd District, Los Angeles County
Mitchell Schwartz, Obama Campaign Manager, State of California
Shawn Steel, National Committeeman, Republican Party
Michelle Steel, Member, California State Board of Equalization
Jesse Bochco, Television Producer / Director
Vanessa Bell Calloway, Actress
Lou Gossett Jr., Academy Award Winning Actor
Kevin Hooks, Actor/Film Director
Reginald Hudlin, Film Director/Producer
Marc Solomon, Executive Vice President, Warner Bros.
Odetta Watkins, Director, Current Programs, Warner Bros.
Dr. Thomas Parham, Psychologist/Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Anthony Samad, Author/Professor, Political Science/African American Studies
New Theology/Religion Contributor:
Frederick K. Price, Jr., Pastor, Crenshaw Christian Center
Health Care Contributor:
Donald R. Henderson, Jr. M.D. MPH
Additional interviews from Campaign Manager, David Axelrod, Actor, Hill Harper, Director, Spike Lee, Newsmen Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather, Civil Rights Icon, Andrew Young, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Congresswoman, Shelia Jackson, Congresswoman, Maxine Waters and two dozen other dignitaries are added to the extended view versions, as well as interviews in the battleground states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, South Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, Colorado, Nevada, Illinois and California. This documentary represents over 200 hours of filmed footage of primary campaign, general election and inauguration activity.
Viewers witness and become part of the evolution of the American political process and the social maturation of the American people who overcame doubts around race, religion and class to do something that had been never done before, elect a black man President of the United States.
America’s Hope leaves the viewer with an inspirational message that people can overcome their fears and their apathy, and that in America, anything is possible.
To be colorblind means one is free from racial prejudice or oblivious to one’s color.
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Based on Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad’s bestselling book, 50 Years After Broiwn: The State of Black Equality In America, this feature length dcocumentary is presented in a five part series that examines inequities in income/wealth, education, law/criminal justice, health and employment. Through expert interviews, compelling statistics, graphics and visuals, this documentary will document the deconstruction of the gains of the civil rights movement in the last twenty five years of the 20th Century. The “hypocrisy of meritocracy” shows America’s colorblind period of the 1990s were reminiscent of the hypocricies of 19th and 20th Century Jim Crows laws practiced in the south, and the de facto segregation practiced in the north and west for two-thirds of the 20th Century.
Necessary to create dynamic, positive change in American race relations, Colorblind or Blinded by Color? The State of Black Equality In America encourages a proactive and open dialogue about the myths and realities of racism in order to heal a nation wounded by its historical past.