[EVENT] Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Movie Premiere May 3rd (@LDRmovie) [Video] (Get Your Tickets Now!)
Unlike any other film about Mumia Abu-Jamal, “Long Distance Revolutionary”
does not deal with his case but rather focuses on his dramatic career as a
writer, journalist, and revolutionary from Pennsylvania’s Death Row.
Producer/Director Stephen Vittoria and Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.
Limited interviews also available with Mumia Abu-Jamal.
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Before he was convicted of killing a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted Philadelphia journalist and brilliant writer. In fact, Mumia was the elected president of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. In telling Mumia’s story the film also traces the racial and class tensions that defined Philadelphia in the 1960s and 70s. Now after more than 30 years in prison and despite attempts to silence him, Mumia is not only still alive but continuing to report, educate, provoke and inspire. Mumia has authored several books from Death Row including Live From Death Row, All Things Censored, We Want Freedom, and Jailhouse Lawyers. He has also written and broadcasted more than 3,000 commentaries around the world on Prison Radio.
Stephen Vittoria’s new feature documentary Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary is an inspiring portrait of a man whom many consider to be America’s most famous political prisoner – a man whose existence tests our beliefs about freedom of expression..
Through prison interviews, archival footage, and dramatic readings, and aided by a potent chorus of voices including Cornel West, Alice Walker, Dick Gregory, Angela Davis, Rubin Hurricane Carter, Amy Goodman and others, this riveting film explores Mumia’s life before, during and after Death Row – revealing, in the words of Angela Davis, “the most eloquent and most powerful opponent of the death penalty in the world…the 21st Century Frederick Douglass.” Others compare him to Dylan and Tupac saying, “There are a handful of writers that seem to really, really resonate – for some reason that tends to be Mumia, Tupac, and Bob Dylan.” (Jerry Quickley)
Stephen Vittoria’s last feature documentary, One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern won top honors at the Sarasota Film Festival as “Best Documentary Feature” and was released nationwide by First Run Features.
In 1987, Vittoria wrote, directed, and edited his first film, the dramatic feature Black & White, starring Kim Delgado and Frank Vincent – a story about racism set against the backdrop of post-World War II America. In 1995, Vittoria produced, wrote, and directed Hollywood Boulevard, starring John C. McGinley, Jon Tenney, and Julianne Phillips – a dark and satirical look at the motion picture business.
Recently, Vittoria was a producer on two feature documentaries by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney: Gonzo: The Life & Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place. Vittoria is the founder and creative director of his Los Angeles-based production company Street Legal Cinema. One day, Steve hopes to play centerfield for the New York Yankees. He lives in Los Angeles (under protest).
“A bracing change from the usual back-and-forth. ‘Mumia’ is proof that there are still
outspoken champions of views too radicalized to qualify as left-wing: people distrustful of law enforcement, the political system, the justice system, the news media
and the very notion that America is at heart the land of the free.”
— Neil, Genzlinger, The New York Times
“A powerful indictment of the hypocrisy inherent in the American dream and is a must-see
for any and all who are concerned with upholding the constitutional rights of all Americans.”
— Huffington Post
“The film is part biography, part commentary…
and part drama…. provokes and entertains.”
“Puts a human face on its subject, for so long now just an anti-capital-punishment icon…
also makes the case, COINTELPRO and beyond, that power
is hardly to be trusted in America.”
— Michael Atkinson, Time Out NY
“Juicy, visual…Vittoria does a fine job setting the stage and dissecting
racial tensions in Philadelphia.”
— New York Daily News
“One of the early part of this year’s crowning gems.”
— Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast
MUMIA: LONG DISTANCE REVOLUTIONARY
120 minutes, 5:1 Dolby Surround Sound, English, Documentary
Written, Directed & Edited by Stephen Vittoria
Produced by Stephen Vittoria, Katyana Farzanrad, and Noelle Hanrahan
Cinematography & Editor Erik Sorensen
Music Written & Performed by Robert Guillory
Sound Design & Re-Recording Mixer Dino Herrmann
Production Design Adam Redner
Co-Producer Rikki Jarrett
8mm Photography Skye Borgman
Location Sound Mixers Ed Novick, Benjamin S.L. Wong, Johnpaul Golaski, Max Cooke
Additional Field Producers (NYC & Philadelphia) Marissa Costidis, Drew Williams, Shannon Vittoria
Additional Camera & Lighting Alex Levin, Christopher Bauer, Skye Borgman
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