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Atlanta-based Award-winning filmmaker tackles new film on 1936 Olympics

May 27, 2014 - PRLog -- Press Contact:

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ATLANTA, GA - May 28, 2014 - Award-winning director, writer and advertising executive Deborah Riley Draper launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a new film, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice. The film traces the trials and triumphs of 18 African Americans during their journey before, during and after the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.  The Indiegogo campaign is open now through July 1, 2014 and contributions can be made online.

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice delves into the climate surrounding the courageous black athletes who carried the weight and the hopes and dreams of an entire race on their shoulders as they boarded a ship to Germany, a country that did not welcome their participation, while representing a country that considered them second class citizens. Through interviews, archival footage, photographs and never-before-seen artifacts, the film will examine the role this Olympics played in jumpstarting the Civil Rights Movement in America and changing the perception of the African American.

"I feel honored to shed light on unknown heroes and underrepresented stories in history with class and authenticity," said Draper. "I had a chance to work on the Olympics in Atlanta and it was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life. I can only imagine the impact of Berlin on the Black Olympians given the racial and political climate in 1936 in Germany and America."

Draper’s first documentary, Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution, has screened by invitation and in festivals to critical and audience acclaim around the world, including the 2013 St. Louis Film Festival, 2013 Tallin Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia), 2012 Elle Film Fashion Festival Croatia, 2012 ACMI Fashion Film Festival (Australia) and the 2013 John Hopkins Film Festival.  The film debuted at the Paris Theatre in New York during Fashion Week 2012 and had a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Chicago.  The film is available on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Hulu, Google Play and via www.versailles73movie.com.  Draper is also developing a feature film based on Nella Larsen’s Harlem Renaissance classic, Passing.

website: www.1936OlympicsMovie.com

twitter:  @olympics36

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