Walking While Black Film & Movement

$51,287 of $50k goal

Raised by 61 people in 44 months
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO REACH OUR PRODUCTION GOAL!  We are still accepting contributions to help us reach as many people as possible with our message of L.O.V.E.!  

Hollywood FAME Award-winning  Director and Producer A.J. Ali, and Director of Photography and Producer Errol Webber (Cinematographer on an Oscar-winning film and a Sundance-winning film) have teamed up to create a film that is making a distinct difference in the areas of social justice and racial reconciliation.  

"Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer” is a documentary film that premiered February 1, 2017 to help bridge the gap between peace officers and the communities they serve.  
The film, which comes in a 94-minute theatrical version and an equally powerful 60-minute classrom version, uses a proven set of action steps called L.O.V.E. (Learn about the community you serve, Open your heart to the people in it, Volunteer yourself to be part of the solution and Empower others to do the same) to repair broken relationships between peace officers and others in the community to ensure the 14th Amendment’s promise of equal protection under the law and to add to the safety and protection of peace officers who bravely protect and serve their community every day.  

See this TV news clip from Congressman Elijah Cummings hosting a screening: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/video/3642006-screening-held-locally-for-film-on-police-community-relations/ .

Our film (and companion book, soundtrack and workshops to come) will teach members of the same community how to love each other.  Every day in the news, we are seeing stories of racial profiling and injuries or deaths of innocent people at the hands of rogue police officers, with very few prosecutions of those officers.  As a result, we are seeing more and more stories of protests and even violent retribution leading to injuries and deaths of innocent police officers.  What we are NOT typically seeing are viable, scalable solutions being offered by our leaders in law enforcement, media, government, nonprofits and ministries.  

Gandhi said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”  Jesus said “Love your neighbor.”  That’s exactly what we are doing with this film and movement.

In photo above, Errol Webber behind the camera, A.J. Ali (left) interviewing Andrew Collins (center) and Jameel McGee (right) in Benton Harbor, MI.  


"Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer,” offers a viable and scalable solution that can work in every community in the nation.  Through several real-life examples, including a community-policing maverick in Baltimore (see his Ted Talk at http://go.ted.com/CSo9 ), a police chief in Santa Monica who is guiding the transformation of a police department and the powerful story of the bond that developed between a white police officer and a black man he framed in Michigan (see the CBS news report on their friendship https://youtu.be/7wffHBQKq74 ), we will demonstrate the healing power of love and light over the destructive negativity of hate and darkness.  Here’s a link to a recent article I wrote on the subject:   http://wellness101life.com/its-time-to-choose-love/.  

WHAT WE’VE DONE
We’ve raised more than $51,000 that we’ve used to complete production, editing and most of the post-production.

THE FILM IS COMPLETED.  HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Even though we have reached our production fundraising goal, we are still raising money to reach as many people as possible with our film.  Please become a financial and promotional partner of our efforts and ask your friends and associates to join you.  There are opportunities for licensing and sponsorship.  We have additional information available for your review, including how licensees can use the film in their organization and how sponsors will benefit.  Join us in saying no to division and yes to reconciliation in our lifetime.  

Peace and Love,

A.J. Ali
Director & Producer, Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer
www.walkingwhileblackthemovie.com


WEAR YOUR COMMITMENT ON YOUR SLEEVE -- WALKING WHILE BLACK t-shirts  are now available!  Contribute at the $27 level for your choice of 3 designs of a black t-shirt.  Shirts are available in men and women styles in size small to XXXL.  FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the U.S.  
*** When you contribute, we'll reach out to you to thank you for your support and to get your shirt details including style, size and shipping address.  Please allow 3-4 weeks for items to arrive.  

BECOME A LICENSEE -- WE'LL COME TO YOUR SCREENING TO PARTICIPATE IN A Q&A!
Organizations may obtain a license to be able to screen the film for their audience as often as they like throughout the year (perfect for schools, libraries, nonprofits, churches, law enforcement agencies and other groups).  For only $495 per year, organizations can license the film to screen to their audience at one location as many times as they want throughout the year.  Even if you're not a decision-maker for an organization, you can still sponsor a license for your favorite organization.  Doing so may be tax deductible (check with your financial advisor).  See the sponsorship categories below and sign up as a "Licensee." We'll email you the Licensee Agreement.  You can see complete licensing details, and download the licensing agreement, at www.walkingwhileblackthemovie.com.


The "Equal Protection Under the Law" clause of the 14th Amendment reads:
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Chief Melvin Russell being prayed for by other members of the community in which he serves.

The Walking While Black film is intended to be used in a town-hall or classroom setting followed by solution-oriented discussion, relationship-building workshops and community activities. We intend to hold official screening/discussion/workshop events in cities throughout the country.  We also intend on adding more video content in future years -- city-specific sequels celebrating progress made by implementing L.O.V.E. Our hope over the next 5-10 years is to reduce incidents of racial profiling by helping to build bridges of relationship between police and community that will increase public safety and officer safety, foster community policing and create healthier environments for everyone to live, work and play.

I invite you to join us. Wherever you are, whoever you are, you can make a difference. Whether you have a story to tell, money to support, time to give, ideas to share, or an organization willing to host a screening, we need your help.

Follow us on Facebook and get involved in the dialogue at www.facebook.com/walkingwhileblackthemovie.

We'll keep you updated every step of the way right here and at our facebook page.

Thank you for your support!

OUR TEAM:
* A.J. Ali - Hollywood FAME Award winning Producer & Director
* Errol Webber -  Producer & Director of Photography
* Lydia Hall - Editor
* Dan Brown, Jr.  - Composer

Shirley Ali - Executive Producer

Dedicated to Abdul "Abbey" Rushlitt Ali 

Mark Adams - Associate Producer
Derek Bowden - Associate Producer
Dan Brown Jr. - Associate Producer
Pia Civiletti - Associate Producer & Webmaster
Dr. Chance M. Glenn, Sr. - Associate Producer
Inga Lynch - Associate Producer
Randy Nixon - Associate Producer and Legal Advisor

ADVISORS 
Krystol Diggs 
Clif Wright 
Dawna Baker 
Char Bland 
Frank Kelly III 
Joseph Metoyer
Lyle Randles 
MB Rogers 
Arlette Thomas-Fletcher 

LICENSEES (in order of their commitment):
1.  New Harvest Ministries, Baltimore, MD
2.  Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA
3.  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, MD
4. College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences, Alabama A&M University - Dr. Chance M. Glenn, Sr.
5.  Elaine McGinnis in Maryland
6 & 7.  Chuck Whitmore in Maryland
8. ACTS Church, Venice, CA
9. Ascension Lutheran Church in Towson, MD
10. Johns Hopkins University
11. Baltimore City Police Department - Chief Melvin Russell
12. Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity - Art Cribbs
and more!

VIP SUPPORTERS (in alphabetical order):
Millicent Bain
Selma Dillard
Zalee Harris
Jen Hayashi
Rowdy Herrington
William Maloney
Elaine McGinnis
Tucker Smallwood
Milton Vickers

GET YOUR WWB T-SHIRT  TODAY BY SUPPORTING AT THE $27 LEVEL OR HIGHER!

WALKING WHILE BLACK t-shirts are now available! Contribute at the $27 level for your choice of 3 designs of a black t-shirt.  Shirts are available in men and women styles in size small to XXXL. FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the U.S.

*** When you contribute, we'll reach out to you to thank you for your support and to get your shirt details including style, size and shipping address. Please allow 3-4 weeks for items to arrive.

August 28, 2013 -- The Promise & The Dream at the 50th Anniversary of the I Have A Dream speech.  This is my "why."
"Someone once said that movies aren't made, they are forced into existence.  Well, we will not stop until this film is forced into existence.  We will not rest until racial profiling is a thing of the past.  Too many people made too many sacrifices for us to quit shy of that finish line.  We must persevere.  We will persevere.  We will complete our mission." -- A.J.  Ali
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Update 86
Posted by A.j. Ali
3 months ago
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IT'S TIME TO SEE THE FILM!

Thank you for supporting our 4 1/2-year journey towards completing this film! Now, join us at a screening in February. If your city isn't listed yet, please help us get screenings scheduled in your area.

Here are the dates, times and locations for the upcoming screenings of the “WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer" documentary film.

RED CARPET WORLD PREMIERE
Wednesday, February 1 at 6 pm
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Venue Website: www.thebroadstage.com
Registration Website: https://wwbmovieredcarpet.eventbrite.com

Friday, February 3 at 7 pm
Freedom Temple AME Zion Church
2926 Hollins Ferry Rd
Baltimore MD 21230
Venue Website: http://www.freedomtempleamez.com/
Registration Website: not available yet

Sunday, February 5 at 1:30 pm
Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045
Venue Website: www.uucolumbia.net
Registration Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-while-black-love-is-the-answer-tickets-31307270890

Monday, February 6 at 7 pm
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Brown Center
1300 W Mount Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217-4134
Venue Website: https://www.mica.edu/About_MICA/Facts_and_History/Campus_and_Facilities/Galleries_Performance_and_Event_Venues/Performance_and_Event_Venues/Brown_Center.html
Registration Website: not available yet

For more information, including a press kit, please visit www.walkingwhileblackthemovie.com.
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Update 85
Posted by A.j. Ali
3 months ago
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Our movie trailer has been viewed more than 24,900 times on Facebook in just two days! If you've already shared it, thank you! If not, please share with your friends right now. This important film, bridging the gap between police and the communities they serve, premieres February 1.

LOCAL SCREENINGS!
We're setting dates for film screenings and Q&A's with the filmmakers. It's our Filmmaker's Premiere Screening Series. Perfect for high schools, colleges, ministries, nonprofits and law enforcement agencies. If you know of an organization that might want to host a screening, please let me know asap.

FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/WalkingWhileBlackTheMovie/videos/1408886729131192/

YOUTUBE
https://youtu.be/vg8xfQk7Z8U
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Update 84
Posted by A.j. Ali
3 months ago
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THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to our efforts to create a film that will help bring peace officers and communities closer together. With your help, we have completed the production of the film and we are finishing up the final stages of post-production! We are on track for a scheduled February 1 release of the film to licensee organizations and we look forward to visiting with many of you at special screenings and film festivals nationwide this winter and spring! The trailer launched yesterday on Facebook with incredible success, reaching more than 10,000 views within the first 24 hours! We've also loaded it on YouTube. Please watch it and SHARE it. Sharing the trailer will help us get the film itself seen by more people and together, we'll save more lives and transform more communities. Visit our recently revamped website (Thanks Pia Civiletti!!!) at www.walkingwhileblackthemovie.com. Let's keep it moving. L.O.V.E. Is The Answer!
Official Trailer - Please View & Share
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Update 83
Posted by A.j. Ali
5 months ago
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THANK YOU to everyone who has made it possible for us to reach our production fundraising goal and complete production of our documentary film.

Now... if you're a woman, or Muslim or Latino or LGBTQ, or Native American or Jewish or part of any other marginalized group in America -- or if you care about someone in any of those groups -- it's time to stand with us. The threat of unjust policies like Stop and Frisk is about to go a whole new level, including possible harassment, detainment and deportations of honest, hardworking people who are contributing to society. Stand strong for freedom and justice for all in America. Stand strong for understanding and L.O.V.E. (Learn, Open your heart, Volunteer yourself and Empower others -- four action steps to bring people together).

We are editing the film and we just completed a very successful week at the American Film Market. We'll keep you posted on deals that come from that event, but we still need your financial support to complete the next phase, which is editing and promoting the film. Please continue to support our efforts to get the word out there and be on the lookout for our new website coming soon! It's more important than ever to support our film and movement because the same issues that inspired Walking While Black are about to impact other groups on a whole new level. Our work is not done. It's just beginning. Join us today. Injustice for one group of people leads to injustice for all.
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Betsy F Amey
3 months ago

Ascension Lutheran Church, Towson MD, has already donated the amount to allow us to screen the film. We would like to be on the schedule! We are hoping to get member congregations of BRIDGE MD, Assistance Center of Towson Churches, Delaware-Maryland Lutheran Synod, Towson University, Goucher College, etc. Please tell us how to get started!

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Pia Civiletti
7 months ago

Ah shucks, thanks A.J. and WWB team!

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Raised by 61 people in 44 months
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Millicent Bain
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We just saw this film last night here in Baltimore -- it is important and powerful, and sparked great conversation afterwards with the peace officers in attendance and the community. It should be required viewing -- so well done!!!

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Betsy F Amey
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Ascension Lutheran Church, Towson MD, has already donated the amount to allow us to screen the film. We would like to be on the schedule! We are hoping to get member congregations of BRIDGE MD, Assistance Center of Towson Churches, Delaware-Maryland Lutheran Synod, Towson University, Goucher College, etc. Please tell us how to get started!

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Pia Civiletti
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Ah shucks, thanks A.J. and WWB team!

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