By now people worldwide have heard of the massive box office success of the movie, Black Panther. After topping $1.3 Billion dollars worldwide and becoming the highest grossing superhero movie ever in the U.S., it has firmly planted itself in the echelons of film history. But as the box office is winding down for the movie, its after-market influence is heating up.
A new documentary, appropriately named, “The Aftermath of Black Panther” is being developed which will explore the impact the film, Black Panther, has had on the movie-going audience, especially children, after they’ve left the theater and gone back to their lives. Lena Claybon, writer, producer and co-director of the documentary says her aim is to find out if African-American youth were able to `get’ the important social and cultural messages addressed in the film or if it was just another superhero movie to them.
“This is an important film for children of color, not only because it stars a superhero that looks like them, but, it also represents black excellence in science and technology which could not have come at a better time. The high school dropout rate among African-American males is the highest of any group (40%), so a movie like this that shows a nation of color dedicated to excellence in education is much needed. It also represents positive female images for young girls to identify with and promotes strong community. We are doing this documentary in an effort to help keep the conversation going and not let the messages of the film lose their significance.”
Claybon went on to say the documentary will consist of interviews with young audience members who saw the movie discussing their thoughts about the film, what meaning it had for them, and what they learned from it.
“We hope by young people seeing this documentary, they are able to gain the insights that some of their peers gained from watching the movie, so that even if they didn’t understand it fully when they saw it themselves, they will be able to take away a new understanding and appreciation for the movie, their own culture and their own identity.
Claybon and her team have partnered with Frederick Joseph, Founder of The Black Panther Challenge, on this project. Joseph, who initially raised $42,000 to take the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem to see the Black Panther movie, spawned a movement across the country after he issued the Challenge to others to do the same, and to-date over $900,000 has been raised through crowdfunding nationwide to take underprivileged kids to see the film. Joseph serves as the documentary’s Executive Producer.
The production team is hoping to raise the $150,000 for the production of the documentary through crowdfunding as well with their Indiegogo campaign which is currently live.
“We hope the same audience that loved the movie will appreciate what we are doing with the documentary and support it as well,” says Claybon.
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