Louverture: Danny Glover's New Film Company
A Hollywood-based Black film company has just been formed.
Louverture is its name and founder, renowned actor/politicial activist Danny Glover, has a serious mission for this new movie production company.
Louverture Films will develop and produce movies of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity.
Glover formed New York-based company with co-founder and producer/screenwriter Joslyn Barnes, his Los Angeles publicist, Arnold Robinson, said.
In all its ventures, Louverture Films "will support the employment and training of cast and crew from the African Diaspora, minorities and/or marginalized communities,'' the announcement said.
Louverture Films plans to produce six independently financed feature and documentary films over the next three years.
Glover will direct Louverture's historic action epic "Toussaint,'' based on the Haitian Revolution (1789-1804) and the life of hero Toussaint Louverture.
Another project is "God's Bits of Wood,'' based on the African literary classic and written by filmmaker Ousmane Sembene. It's about the 1947 strike on the Dakar-Niger railway that ignited the independence movement in West Africa.
Glover is also renowned for his activism that continues to define his life. He's board chairman of the TransAfrica Forum, a Washington, D.C. based organization that lobbies U.S. policymakers on behalf of African and Caribbean countries. He's a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme, which promotes economic development in poor countries. He also serves on the board of The Algebra Project, a math empowerment program developed by civil rights veteran Robert Moses. http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/news/ny-etlede4202871apr04,0,4940648.story