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Crowdfund This: Feature Documentary will Trace Trials & Triumphs of Black Athletes at 1936 Olympics

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 23, 2014 2:24 PM
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I'm late in publishing this, but the campaign still has 2 weeks to go until it ends to meet its $25,000 goal, so you've got some time to make a contribution if you can. Thus far, 20% of the needed funds has been raised (keep in mind that this is an Indiegogo campaign, so whatever she raises, she keeps - unlike Kickstarter). 

This should be a worthwhile project from a filmmaker whose last work - the acclaimed feature documentary "Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution" - was covered quite a bit on this site in 2012 and 2013.

See the details below, and click here to head over to the project's Indiegogo campaign page to make your contribution:

Atlanta-based award-winning director, writer and advertising executive Deborah Riley Draper has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a new film, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice. The film traces the trials and triumphs of 18 African Americans during their journey before, during and after the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. The Indiegogo campaign is open now through July 1, 2014 and contributions can be made online at http://igg.me/at/1936OlympicsMovie/x/3361515.

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice delves into the climate surrounding the courageous black athletes who carried the weight and the hopes and dreams of an entire race on their shoulders as they boarded a ship to Germany, a country that did not welcome their participation, while representing a country that considered them second class citizens. Through interviews, archival footage, photographs and never-before-seen artifacts, the film will examine the role this

Olympics played in jumpstarting the Civil Rights Movement in America and changing the perception of the African American.

"I feel honored to shed light on unknown heroes and underrepresented stories in history with class and authenticity," said Draper. "I had a chance to work on the Olympics in Atlanta and it was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life. I can only imagine the impact of Berlin on the Black Olympians given the racial and political climate in 1936 in Germany and America."

Draper’s first documentary, Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution, has screened by invitation and in festivals to critical and audience acclaim around the world, including the 2013 St. Louis International Film Festival, 2013 Tallin Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia), 2012 Elle Film Fashion Festival Croatia, 2012 ACMI Fashion Film Festival (Australia) and the 2013 John Hopkins Film Festival. The film debuted at the Paris Theatre in New York during Fashion Week 2012 and had a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago. The film is available on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Hulu, Google Play and via www.versailles73movie.com. Draper is also developing a feature film based on Nella Larsen’s Harlem Renaissance classic, Passing.

Stay up-to-date on the project's progress via its Facebook page or on Twitter

Watch Ms Draper's campaign pitch video below:

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