The Issue of Mr. O'Dell

A thirty-five minute documentary film which examines the lifelong work of a pioneering civil rights activist and organizer, Jack O’Dell, who was at one time a close colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr. A former member of the Communist Party, O’Dell was followed by the FBI, labelled the number-five Communist in America by President Kennedy, and was eventually forced out of King’s organization. 
Now 95 years old, O’Dell eloquently speaks to issues concerning the civil rights struggle, both with respect to his historical involvement and to its contemporary incarnation under the stewardship of groups like Black Lives Matter. He continues to passionately address the problems of systemic racism and inequality in America.

Awards:
President's Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival '18
Best International Short: Baltimore International Black Film Festival '18
Honourable Mention, Documentary Short: Roxbury International Film Festival '18

Festivals:
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival '18
Freep Film Festival '18
DOXA Documentary Film Festival '18
Roxbury International Film Festival '18
Rhode Island International Film Festival '18
Montreal International Black Film Festival '18
Baltimore International Black Film Festival '18
St. Louis International Film Festival '18
North Carolina Black Film Festival '18


Educational Distributor in the United States is The Cinema Guild.

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"[A] personal and humanizing portrait" - Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

"As a viewer, I was left wanting more." - Esther Sun, Discorder Magazine

"O’Dell shares his insightful outlook on past and present race relations in the United States, augmented beautifully with the stark and poignant imagery" - Danielle Piper, The Georgia Straight

"Filmmaker Rami Katz combines archival material with beautifully shot footage of O’Dell in conversation to weave the story of a man who has fought his whole life for justice." - Ljudmila Petrovic, Sad Mag


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