*Netflix has tapped “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris to produce a documentary feature based on the life and career of civil rights attorney Ben Crump.
The project will be directed and produced by Emmy-nominated Nadia Hallgren, and Barris will co-produce with Roger Ross Williams, Lauren Cioffi with Geoff Martz executive producing.
Here’s more via Variety:
The doc will examine a number of Crump’s past and current cases, his impact on American civil rights and racial justice, and the toll such work takes on him and his family. The founder and principal owner of Ben Crump Law, he first gained recognition while representing the family of Trayvon Martin and is currently working with the families of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. His other clients include the families of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Nakia Jones, Danny Ray Thomas, Stephon Clark, as well as the residents of Flint, Michigan.
She called POLICE on an 8yo Black boy for riding a toy dirt bike in front of his house – after ignoring white kids doing the same. This is DISGUSTING & hypocritical. If you have a problem, take it up with the parents, not the police. Who knows what happens when cops arrive?! pic.twitter.com/hSGkAbhdcz
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) August 15, 2020
In related news, Crump’s Brooklyn Media has joined with Hideaway Entertainment and INDE Companies for “Freedom Ride,” a civil rights drama to shoot next year, per THR.
The movie is based on first-person accounts by original Freedom Riders, including late congressman John Lewis.
“This film is not only timely with the recent passing of Congressman John Lewis, it is timely because it will help to preserve the legacy of John Lewis for younger generations to come. This story will resonate with the world today because John Lewis was an original voice for Black Lives Matter back in the 1960’s before anyone had ever contemplated a Black Lives Matter movement that lives today,” Crump said in a statement.
“It’s such a blessing to have Ben Crump join this ride. Our team has always seen this film as a playbook for activists in America’s long struggle for civil rights. Ben, a central figure in today’s continuum of the civil rights movement, will be integral in tying the past to the present as we create that impact for current and future freedom fighters,” producer Kim Leadford added.