Documentary in the works about young black men in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Charlottesville Alliance for Black Male Achievement is working with Light House Studio to produce a new documentary that showcases what young African-American males can do.

The age range for actors in the film can be from five to 25.

The organization produced a documentary last year that focused on African-American adult men, who told their stories about how they became successful in their respective fields.

Daniel Fairley II, who is working with kids to make the film, said the documentary will change perspectives about black men playing basketball or football.

"They're maybe only seen as successful on the basketball court or the football field and we want to change that," he said. "We're not going to be focusing in on stereotypical achievements of young black men. We're trying to focus in on those extraordinary and sometimes those non-stereotypical aspects that young black men are involved in that you just don't really see like going to a karate studio or going to a piano recital."

Fairley said he wants the documentary to have a life-changing effect on people in the audience, similar to the experience he had in 2008 seeing Barack Obama become president.

"I remember going to President Obama's inauguration and my dad was so proud," said Fairley. "He said to everyone this is the next president, this is the next President of the United States. I remember just thinking it was so funny because he never said that to me before and I had never thought of myself as a president, but it wasn't until I saw a person that looked like me in a place that I'd never see them before that I realized that I could do that."

He hopes the movie's effect on people is greater than seeing a ball being dribbled or thrown down a court.

"We are multi-faceted as black men," he said. "I want them to know that we are successful and we are doing incredible and amazing things but we just need a spotlight to be shown on what we are doing."

The film is set to debut at Vinegar Hill Theatre in September.

The organization is still looking for people to interview and kids to work with to produce the film.

For information on how to get involved, you can contact Fairley at fairleyd@charlottesville.org.



 
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