Why You Must See Red Tails

The movie Red Tails hits theaters January 20th, and I think all film lovers or lovers of history should make every effort to support this film on opening weekend.  It is very seldom in Hollywood that African Americans are given a serious opportunity to tell their stories on a scale as large as this one, and Red Tales was no exception.  If it were left up to the powers that be in Tinsel Town this film would have never made it to theaters or likely been produced on this scale.

Time 100 2006 gala, George Lucas.

George Lucas

For those who don’t know George Lucas is arguably the most successful film directors in the world rivaled arguably by perhaps Steven Spielberg and a VERY short list.  Mr. Lucas net worth is estimated at around $3.2 billion, Forbe’s magazine reports him as the #107 richest person in the US in 2011.  If you aren’t familiar with him, I’ll give you a brief run down of a couple of his of his films:

I could go on an on about his accolades, and awards he’s won and been nominated for, but I’ll let you checkout his WIKIPEDIA PAGE HERE.

George has been working developing on the script and preproduction for this film for the last 23 years. When George was looking to find financing for the film, he could not find a film that would finance it.  I find it offensive that a titan in the industry of this magnitude could not find the financing to get a film like this produced.  The reason he was given was that there are no major white roles in the film, and they wouldn’t know how to market it.

I’ll give you a few tidbits I picked up from Roland Martin’s article for CNN:

  • In 2008, 69 million people voted for Barack Hussein Obama as president of the United States;
  • The most talked-about woman in America over the past 25 years was Oprah Winfrey, who redefined the talk show genre;
  • Which athlete has the top-selling jersey in the NBA? LeBron James;
  • Who is considered the top-grossing actor? Samuel L. Jackson;
  • Arguably the greatest entertainer of all time is Michael Jackson;
  • The greatest golfer in the world? Tiger Woods;
  • The most dominating players in women’s tennis? Venus and Serena Williams;
  • The top singer today? Beyonce;
  • Hip-hop, an outgrowth of black culture, is a worldwide phenomenon. And 80% of the consumers of hip-hop music in America are white kids.

So what did Lucas do, he dipped into his own pocket and spent $50+ million on the production of the film.  So after the production was finished, he approached the studios again in hopes that they would distribute and market the film.  Again the studios passed on the opportunity again stating that ‘black films’ don’t do well overseas.  Once again Lucas spent $30+ million for promotion and distribution.  It’s strange to me that a movie like this showcasing African Americans and America’s history in a positive light would struggle to find finding, when a movie like The Help had no problem finding it’s way to the theaters with much fanfare from everywhere I could see.  But The Help is a whole different problem that I wont go into here.

So in short what I’m saying is support this film, Lucas has already expressed that he was prepared for 2 more installments in the Red Tails series.

1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options — including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country — and the fate of the free world.

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~ by ADETIBA on January 15, 2012.

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