Award-winning teenage filmmaker Jordan Coleman is readying a documentary about Trayvon Martin called “I Am Trayvon.”
The film will take a look at the Martin saga through the eyes of young African-American men.
Coleman, a freshman studying filmmaking at American University in Washington, DC, said the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was “disappointing, frustrating and appalling.”
“The shooting of Trayvon Martin and the Zimmerman verdict sent a clear message to African-American young men that our lives are not valued, said the filmmaker. “Hopefully my film will give a voice to these young men who have been silenced, ignored, neglected, stereotyped, misunderstood, discriminated against and symbolically left for dead.”
In “I Am Trayvon,” Coleman sets out on a soul-searching journey to learn more about the inner thoughts of his peers from all walks of life. He will encourage dialogue with them about the death of Martin, the Zimmerman verdict, race relations and what African-American young men need to do to find their place in our society.
“I am 17-years-old, black, love rap music, eat Skittles, drink iced tea, have posted photos of myself on the internet with my middle finger up, hat turned backwards, pants sagging and I wear hoodies,” he offered. “Those things do not define me. “I am an award-winning filmmaker, Emmy-winning voice-over actor, public speaker, education activist, scholar, author, athlete, a well-spoken and God fearing young man from a solid middle class family. I am Trayvon; I am the future of America so why would anyone want to kill me?”
The young filmmaker has already collected more than 10 hours of heartfelt and emotional footage from the recent March on Washington; several college campuses and in cities across the country. He has a wish list of interview subjects he hopes to land for his “I Am Trayvon” documentary that includes President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Jamie Foxx, Jay-Z, filmmaker Michael Moore, Bill Maher, Bill O’Reilly, Will I AM and John Legend.
Coleman used social media to collect images of people wearing hoodies and cell phone video footage of people talking about the Zimmerman verdict. He is raising budget to fund the film on Indiegogo.com. (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-am-trayvon-a-jordan-coleman-film)
Coleman, who was recently named one the 25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives by Children’s Health magazine, debuted his first documentary “Say It Loud” in 2008.