The I AM 2018 Video Contest is looking for 30 to 60-second video submissions that connect the struggles of the past to those of the present.
Videos should inspire a call to action to continue the fight for justice for all working people. There is a preference towards personal stories that illuminate how the legacy of Dr. King and the striking sanitation workers is still relevant today.
Winning videos will be judged by prominent industry professionals, including Hans Charles, cinematographer of Ava DuVernay’s Oscar nominated documentary, 13th; Dorian Parks, co-founder of Geeks of Color and award winning filmmakers Madeleine Hunt Erlich and Shahin Izadi.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 16th
See contest rules here : filmfreeway.com/IAM2018VideoContest-1
REMEMBERING ECOHL COLE AND ROBERT WALKER
On February 1, 1968, Memphis sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker huddled in the back of their truck to seek shelter from a storm. Suddenly, the truck’s compactor malfunctioned, trapping Cole and Walker and crushing them to death.
The tragedy triggered the strike of the city’s 1,300 sanitation workers. They had warned the city about dangerous equipment but were ignored. They were fed up with poverty wages and racial discrimination. They walked off the job and marched under the banner: I AM A MAN. On February 1, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the accident that killed Cole and Walker, we will observe a moment of silence to honor their memory and sacrifice, as we pick up the mantle from the 1968 strikers in the ongoing fight for racial and economic justice.
Join the Facebook Live event on February 1.