FREEDOM DAY tells the story of the three founders of The Freedom Day Foundation, a small grassroots organization that fights for racial and social equality. The documentary opens up on the day of the foundation’s second march on July 4th, Blackout March, follows the organizers, Morgan (27), Clayton (29), and Malik (23) through the commencement of the march.
The film continues with the founders reminiscing on the importance of their first march, Freedom Day March, and concludes with their most recent march, Sing Along March as we explore a bit of the lives from each of the founders. The bond between the three founders will set the stage for understanding the passion and drive required to create an impactful march and form a foundation. The ally-ship displayed between Morgan and Malik with Clayton is a shining example of what is needed in order to enact change within our communities, nation and posits - that we are stronger united than apart.The film will conclude with interviews with the activists discussing the future for the foundation, marches and themselves as they continue their fight for equality.
"I want those who watch this film to not only take away the importance of being reflective on race relations and equality in this country; but I want them to realize no problem is too big for anyone to undertake when we combine our collective forces to bring about change. The time is here and the time is now."
Through these life experiences, as a female filmmaker of color, I have a particular lens through which I engage and tell stories in an effort to increase and encourage diverse stories to be told on the big screen. I believe it is important now more than ever to tell the stories of marginalized and under-represented communities to inspire other youth of color to be the change they want to see in their communities.
I spent my formative high school years heavily inspired by a fellow peer, currently a climate change activist, on his defiance of the status quo. He found his voice to advocate for a cause that meant the world to him. In this similar fashion, I have found my voice as a documentarian to highlight these valiant efforts to right the wrongs of history and pave the way for future generations.
By the end of the documentary, I want the audience to be engrossed in the visceral, powerful and ephemeral energy and emotions that come with constructing, leading and participating in a protest. Diving into the founders personal lives, we will highlight the qualities and interests that make them dimensional people, enigmatic activists, and a cohesive collective that will be at the forefront of this next wave of change.
Freedom Day is really my love letter, as a black woman and black filmmaker, to my community. I want them to feel seen, heard and realized as real people who are still struggling to combat issues that are very pervasive in our society. I want those who watch this film to not only take away the importance of being reflective on race relations and equality in this country; but I want them to realize no problem is too big for anyone to undertake when we combine our collective forces to bring about change. The time is here and the time is now.
MEET THE CAST:
Founder, Morgan Barnhart, is the heart and soul of the foundation. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Barnhart displayed a penchant for activism and racial equality since she was young after being bullied both online and off just for being black. Morgan understands the plight of being a Black woman in America and continues to navigate this landscape as she juggles the responsibilities of the foundation, work, and an interracial relationship with her partner, Jill.
MEET THE CAST:
Malik Harris, a graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County, is the powerhouse of the foundation. Growing up in Maryland, as a Black male, his dad made Malik very aware of the racial climate he experienced in Georgia. Striving to pursue his passion for sound engineering and music production, Malik struggles to strike a balance between the needs of the foundation, creative passions and his professional pursuits as he begins a new chapter in his life in New York.
MEET THE CAST:
Clayton Northcraft, co-founder and aspiring educator, is the glue of the trio. Northcraft hails from Pasadena, Maryland and developed an interest in politics at a very early age from his grandfather. Living in a diverse community, Clayton fostered an appreciation for the traditions and contributions of different ethnic groups to the fabric of American society. As a white ally, Northcraft strives to uplift the cause through his continued work with Our Revolution Maryland and Freedom Day Foundation.