IFC Films introduced at the moment it acquired North American rights to MLK/FBI, the Sam Pollard-directed documentary that premiered at the moment on the Toronto Film Festival and can play on the New York Film Festival too. IFC Films will launch the movie on January 15, 2021 forward of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day vacation and the hope is to issue within the Oscar race.
MLK/FBI is the primary movie to uncover the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly found and declassified recordsdata, using a trove of paperwork obtained by the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, in addition to revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the federal government’s historical past of concentrating on Black activists, and the contested that means behind a few of our most cherished beliefs. Featuring interviews with key cultural figures, together with former FBI Director James Comey, MLK/FBI tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our present second.
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The movie was produced by Benjamin Hedin for Tradecraft Films, in affiliation with Field of Vision, Play/Action Pictures, and Cinetic Media. Executive Producers embrace David Friend, Field of Vision’s Charlotte Cook, Play/Action Pictures’ Jeffrey Lurie and Marie Therese Guirgis, and Cinetic Media’s Kate Hurwitz, Dana O’Keefe, and Steven Farneth. Based on the e book The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.: From “Solo” to Memphis by David J. Garrow, MLK/FBI was written by Benjamin Hedin and Laura Tomaselli.
Pollard’s movies include Four Little Girls, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Slavery by Another Name, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I Gotta Be Me, ACORN and the Firestorm, Why We Hate, and Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children. Pollard additionally directed two episodes of the sequence Eyes on the Prize II. Since 1994 Pollard has served on the college of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and lives in New York City.
“What an honor to have IFC support and distribute MLK/FBI,” director Sam Pollard commented. “I can’t think of any other company that will show the care and responsibility to get what I consider an important film out to a viewing audience.”
Arianna Bocco EVP of Acquisitions and Productions of IFC Films added, “Sam Pollard has dedicated his career to social and political activism through film, and we’re honored to partner with him on a project of such magnitude and relevance in the current climate. We’re proud to bring this newly discovered information and restored footage of MLK to audiences nationwide, as his story continues to unfold, inspire and motivate throughout history.”
The deal for the movie was negotiated by IFC’s Arianna Bocco and Director of Acquisitions Aijah Keith with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.