“It’s not just about Barack Obama. It’s about us getting forward to improve the lives of people in Los Angeles all the way to people in New York and every place in between the United States. [STAND]is a great film. If you forget why we have to keep going forward, watch STAND. You will see it loud and clear.”
~ Lenny McAllister
It was the summer of 2008 in Memphis, birthplace of Blues. America was commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., against the backdrop of then Senator Barack Obama emerging as the first African American to become the Democratic presidential nominee. As America approached the historic presidential election, the national dialogue and debate intensified about race relations, politics and the legacy of the civil rights movement.
Broadcaster Tavis Smiley dissects this national discourse with ten Black male friends over several days during a special road trip through Memphis and Nashville. While visiting places like the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King died, and Stax records, credited with laying the roots of southern soul, Smiley and friends explore the diversity and complexity of the Black male experience in America past, present and future. STAND reveals the journey of a unique group of scholars, musicians, comedians and social critics as they gather for a rare reflection of brotherhood while confronting their own roles and responsibilities as pioneers of social progress.
CAST: Tavis Smiley, Dick Gregory, Michael Eric Dyson, Cornel West, Cliff West, Eddie Glaude, BeBe Winans, Wren T. Brown, Daron Boyce, Robert Smith and Raymond Ross. Special appearances by Sam Moore, Isaac Hayes and David Porter.
Runtime: 90 minutes
“STAND is an exquisitely fine picture. There is so much heart and so much passion that’s conveyed and one of the things is that it’s a movie to look at and a movie to also discuss.”
Director/Executive Producer: Tavis Smiley
Producer: Sasheen Artis
Supervising Producer:Adriane Hopper
Editor: Stacy Goldate
http://www.standthemovie.com/ (New Website Coming April 25th)