2022 Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival

Closing Night: A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks + Q+A

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Directed by John Maggio and inspired by the legendary photographer, A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks explores the enduring legacy of photographer, writer, composer, activist and filmmaker, Gordon Parks, and spotlights his visionary work and its impact on the next generation of artists. Through the lens of three contemporary photographers, we see Gordon’s legacy come to life. Devin Allen whose photograph “Baltimore Uprising” of the Freddie Gray protests was featured on the cover of Time Magazine; LaToya Ruby Frazier who for five years followed the Flint, Michigan water crisis and most recently photographed Breonna Taylor’s family for Vanity Fair; and Jamel Shabazz whose photographs on the streets of New York form a visual history of the hip hop era while simultaneously presenting affirming images for his community.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    89 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    John Maggio
  • Producer
    John Maggio, Richard Lowe, George Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, Monica Berra, Matthew O. Henderson
  • Executive Producer
    Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Peter W. Kunhardt, Jacqueline Glover, Jelani Cobb, Peter Kunhardt Jr.
  • Cast
    Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Cinematographer
    Clair Popkin, Joe Arcidiacono
  • Editor
    Richard Lowe
  • Composer
    Gary Lionelli