In November 1970, university, state and local police shot 778 Bullets into an off campus rental house in Carbondale, IL. The residence was rented to a handful of university students, some were assumed to be associated with the local Black Panther Party. Unlike other police raids of known Black Panther residences across the country, the Carbondale Panthers shot back. Using archive material, newspaper accounts, witness testimony and experts in the field, 778 Bullets recovers a little known history of resistance and resilience of the human struggle for self-determination. The dominant memory of the Black Panther Party would have us believe that the Panthers existed only in major urban cities; this story documents a more rural presence of radical politics and the struggle for civil rights.
14th San Francisco Black Film Festival, international film festival, juried competition
San Diego Black Film Festival, international film festival, juried competition
REEL Independent Film Extravaganza (Washington, DC), international film festival, juried competition
River’s Edge International Film Festival (Paducah, KY), international film festival, juried competition
We Like’em Short Film Festival (Baker City, OR) national film festival, juried competition
South Texas Underground Film Festival (Corpus Christi, TX), international film festival, juried, screening held at The Art Museum of South Texas
Offshoot Film Festival (Fayetteville, AR) national film festival, juried competition
New Art Film Festival (Champaign, IL) regional film festival, juried
BN Film Festival (Bloomington-Normal, IL) regional film festival, juried
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