National Geographic Documentary Films Partners With Celebrity Director Dawn Porter In The Search For Justice And Peace 100 Years After The Tulsa Massacre In New Feature Documentary RED SUMMER (working title)
WASHINGTON DC – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Today, National Geographic Documentary Films announced its partnership with renowned filmmaker Dawn Bearer (“The Way I See It”, “Good Trouble: John Lewis”) and Trailblazer Studios on a feature documentary that sheds new light on a century-old period of intense racial conflict. RED SUMMER (working title) comes a hundred years after the two-day Tulsa massacre in 1921 that led to the murder of 300 blacks and left up to 10,000 homeless and displaced. The film will premiere in June on National Geographic, commemorating June 17 when the last black slaves in the United States heard of their emancipation, and will be shown worldwide in 172 countries and 43 languages.
Award-winning Washington Post reporter from Tulsa DeNeen Brown is at the heart of the film, reporting the search for mass graves in his hometown. Digging into the events that led to one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history, Brown uncovers new perspectives on this start of the 20e period of the century known as red summer. Between 1917 and 1923, when the Jim Crow laws were at their peak and the Klu Klux Klan was reborn across the country, dozens of black homes and businesses were razed and hundreds of blacks were lynched and massacred in all impunity.
The first to revive the call for justice for victims and survivors in a 2018 article, Brown is uniquely placed to explore today’s new civil rights movement in the context of the Tulsa massacre and the red summer. With internal access to family members of those killed, law enforcement, archaeologists, and historians, Brown makes sense of the science and politics intertwined throughout the search for the Tulsa mass grave. Leaving no stone unturned, RED SUMMER also untangles the role the media played in covering events at the time in order to reveal the full extent of the nation’s buried past.
“This story has gone on for a century, but it took DeNeen’s powerful call to action for the city of Tulsa and the wider American community to fully realize the need to uncover the truth about this massacre. As a filmmaker, following the evidence where he leads and giving voice to those directly affected by the tragic events of the Red Summer is an incredibly delicate endeavor. There are so many things our society counts on right now, but Seeking the truth about the damage caused by uncontrolled and unauthorized mob violence against the black community is a starting point for recognizing these wrongs and making room for healing, ”said Dawn Porter.
DeNeen Brown added, “There is an urgent need here not only to properly honor those who were murdered and to bring comfort to the surviving family members, but also to my hometown of Tulsa, and countless others, to recognize and deal with the ways that black citizens have we have been denied protections and opportunities. We are at a real inflection point this year, and if we can learn the lessons of the past and do justice to those who had none so far, we may all be able to find peace. ”
Funded in part by the National Geographic Society and covered in an upcoming issue of National Geographic Magazine, the excavation of a possible mass grave in Tulsa will be the early 20 accomplishment.e century of black newspapers that first reported on the red summer and kept their community informed. The excavation is only part of Tulsa’s effort to reconcile the past and bring back a thriving black business community.
National Geographic Documentaries ” RED SUMMER comes in the wake of its blockbuster docuseries THE CITY SO REAL, continuing to shed light on social justice and racial equality in America. The banner’s most recent films, REBUILD THE PARADISE, by director Ron Howard, debuted at Sundance 2020 and THE CAVE, by director Feras Fayyad, was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Feature Documentary in 2020. National Geographic Documentary Films has previously won Oscar, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy® Award winning film FREE SOLO; the winner of the Sundance Audience Award EXPO-SCIENCES; Emmy Winners LA 92 and JEANNE, both included in the 15 best documentaries considered for an Oscar in 2017; and winner of the duPont prize HELL ON EARTH: THE FALL OF SYRIA AND THE RISE OF ISIL.
RED SUMMER is produced by Dawn Porter’s Trilogy Films and Trailblazer Studios in association with National Geographic Studios. Porter is a producer and director, with DeNeen Brown as a contributing reporter and Lauren Capps as the story producer. For Trailblazer Studios, Jeff Lanter and Ashleigh Di Tonto are the executive producers. For National Geographic, Christine Weber is Executive Producer and Courtney Monroe is President, Content.
About National Geographic Documentaries
National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to delivering world-class documentary feature films that cover topical, provocative and globally relevant stories from the world’s best documentary makers. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society. Advancing knowledge and understanding of our world has been National Geographic’s primary focus for 132 years, and now we’re committed to doing more, pushing boundaries, going deeper for our consumers … and reaching millions. people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do. NGP donates 27% of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com Where nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
About Trilogy Films
Trilogy Films specializes in creating award-winning feature documentaries that raise important questions and spark the necessary conversations. Directed by filmmaker Dawn Porter, Trilogy has produced content for some of the world’s biggest brands and content distributors, while winning several of the industry’s highest accolades, including a Peabody Award for the 2016 documentary. Trap and nomination for the Independent Spirit Awards for his 2013 film Gideon’s army. Recent projects include John Lewis: Good trouble (Magnolia Pictures), about the late Congressman John Lewis and The way i see it (Focus Features), on photojournalist Pete Souza, who served as Chief Official White House Photographer for President Barack Obama and Official White House Photographer for Ronald Reagan. Trilogy Films is currently producing a multi-part Apple TV documentary series starring Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry that focuses on mental illness and well-being.
About Trailblazer Studios
Trailblazer Studios is an Emmy Award-winning entertainment, production, publishing and sound facility. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Trailblazer’s nearly 20,000 square foot facility features a sound stage, production offices, editing rooms, image finishing, sound mixing and other related services. Most recently, the company announced a one-of-a-kind television initiative with Reuters to adapt its award-winning and acclaimed investigative series The Body Trade. Trailblazer, which developed nearly 100 hours of original programming in 2020, is currently producing several premier, natural history and premium documentary series for several networks, including National Geographic, OWN, Discovery, and PBS. The company also helps customers deliver content to HBO, Netflix, Amazon, and a number of film festivals including Sundance, Full Frame, and Tribeca.