Emory Douglas on his part in the design of the Black Panthers civil rights movement
By Patricia Hallam on June 28th 2015
Emory Douglas was the Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. In this short film he gives a charismatic and brief summary of his role and of the role of his art in the rise of the party.
He says, "Today the actual organisation doesn't exist, but it left a blueprint for people to be inspired by."
Through archival footage and conversations with Emory we share his story, alongside the rise and fall of the Panthers. He used his art as a weapon in the Black Panther Party’s struggle for civil rights.
"Art has relevancy, whether it's to exploit you or pacify you, or to enlighten you or inform you - it's a language, that's the power of it."
In light of the the current situation of police brutality in America, his art and what The Panthers fought for are still as relevant as ever.
Produced and Directed by: Dress Code (dresscodeny.com)
Producer: Tara Rose Stromberg
Cinematography: Andre Andreev
Edit + Color: Mike Cook
Music + Sound Design: You Too Can Woo
On Set Sound Record: Kevin Crawford, Anton Herbert
Production Coordinator: Rose Glaeser
Archival Film Research: Richard Kroll
Title Design: Marcin Zeglinski
Featured Artwork © Emory Douglas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Shot on: Red Epic