Great news!  Beginning March 26 through April 1, a documentary that I am one of the producers of is getting a limited engagement at the Culver Plaza Theatres in Los Angeles!

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) will launch their PAFF ENCORES program with their 2010 Audience Favorite Documentary “41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers.”  PAFF ENCORES, a new monthly screening series will feature a popular film from the Festival’s signature February event for one week at the Culver Plaza Theatres in Los Angeles.  “41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers” will open on March 26 with four screenings a day for one week through April 1 at the Culver Plaza Theatres located at 9919 Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles.  Tickets are $10 and are on sale now at www.paff.org.  Group sales of 20 or more receive a discount of $8.50 per ticket and can be arranged by emailing groupsales@paff.org or by calling (310) 337-4737.  For more information, please visit www.paff.org.

“41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers” is the first part in a documentary series that follows the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party from its glorious Black Power beginnings through to its tragic demise.

Despite the Party’s formation of free medical clinics and a successful breakfast program for children, the L.A. chapter was also known as the most violent Black political group in the United States. “41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers”  explores the Black Panther ethos, its conflict with the L.A.P.D. and the US Organization, as well as the events that shaped the complicated and often contradictory legacy of the L.A. chapter.

“41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers” contains interviews with former Black Panther Party members along with archival footage detailing the history of racism in Los Angeles, including the Watt’s Uprising from the perspective of the participants who “engaged with the L.A.P.D.”

“41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers” is the most in-depth study ever of the L.A. Chapter founder Alprentice “Bunchy Carter” and features first hand accounts of the Party’s formation as told by the original surviving members.  This film gives the viewer an eyewitness account of Bunchy and John Huggins murders at U.C.L.A. in 1968 and includes exclusive interviews with Black Panther Party leaders Geronimo Ji Jagga, Kathleen Cleaver, and Elaine Brown.

Also featured are former Black Panther members Ericka Huggins, Roland & Ronald Freeman, Wayne Pharr, Jeffrey Everett, Long John Washington, former L.A.P.D. Chief Bernard Parks, US Organization member Wesley Kabaila, U.C.L.A. Professor Scot Brown, and many others.

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