PARK CITY — “Hoop Dreams” producer and dp Peter Gilbert has come onboard to direct “All Deliberate Speed” (working title), the first feature from Discovery’s new theatrical documentary release strand Discovery Docs.
The film, to be produced as part of a series of projects in association with CameraPlanet, the N.Y.-based indie distribution and production studio, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s groundbreaking 1954 civil rights decision, Brown v. Board of Education.
The film will premiere in theaters nationally on May 14 in time for the 50th anniversary of the historic decision on May 17.
Brown v. Board of Education documents the fight to end legally sanctioned racial segregation in America’s public schools.
“All Deliberate Speed” uses a series of personal stories to look back at this momentous decision, one that changed the course of American history and propelled the civil rights movement by outlawing racial segregation in America’s public schools.
The film tells the story of these events through intimate first-person interviews, eyewitness accounts and original footage from an array of key participants in the case including Vernon Jordan, Thurgood Marshall Jr., Barrett Prettyman, Julian Bond and Roger Wilkins.
Pic also examines how Brown v. Board of Education continues to shape modern society and the ongoing impact of this key ruling in the future.
“We have a number of theatrical projects in development and ‘All Deliberate Speed’ is the ideal first film from Discovery Docs,” said Billy Campbell, president of Discovery Networks, U.S. “It offers everything one expects from a great Discovery project — history, passion, drama and compelling personal stories about an important and timeless topic that touches us all.”
“May 17, 1954 was the pivot point in terms of racial equality in America,” added Don Baer, Discovery Communications’ senior executive vice president for strategy and development. “We hope that this film will focus the attention of generations on the epic changes that the Brown decision brought.”
“We think that this anniversary is critical cross point in history, and we’re anxious to present a film that is both timely and significant,” said Stephen Carlis, co-president of CameraPlanet. “Discovery’s commitment to the form of documentary is made clear with its decision to greenlight a project of this scope.”
Gilbert’s other credits include “All The Rage” (1999), starring Joan Allen, Gary Sinese and Jeff Daniels, which won best film at the Milan Film Festival, and “Vietnam: Long Time Coming,” for which Gilbert won an Emmy and also a DGA award for documentary direction. He recently completed “A Southern Town” with CameraPlanet for Discovery Times Channel.