Runaway Slave

Runaway Slave

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Runaway Slave (2012)

Opened: 07/27/2012 Limited


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Genre: Documentary

Rated: PG for for thematic elements and brief language.


As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the summer of 1963, he delivered one of the most powerful speeches in our nation's history. Known for its famous line, "I have a dream," Dr. King concluded his speech with these words:

"And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, we're free at last!'"

Now, nearly a half-century later, has his dream become reality? Have we allowed freedom to truly ring? Or has that longed-for freedom somehow become even more elusive?

In RUNAWAY SLAVE, an intriguing new documentary that opens in theaters this summer, Rev. C.L. Bryant journeys across America to find answers. A one-time NAACP local chapter president, Rev. Bryant discovers that by buying into the entitlement mindset of "progressives," the black community has traded one form of tyranny for another.

Using leading black conservatives as "conductors," Rev. Bryant believes it is time for a new Underground Railroad to help liberate all Americans from the Government plantation that has left the black community dealing with a new form of slavery: entitlements.

"Why are we still thinking we are not free at last? What ideas are keeping us down?" Rev. Bryant asks. "For too long, we have been depending on other people for our success. We have to pursue our happiness; our happiness is not provided to us. If we are relying on someone else for our wellbeing, that in itself is a form of slavery."

From our nation's capital and freedom's birthplace, to the dens of slavery and Jim Crow, to wherever a light for liberty is shining, this runaway slave looks to bring hope to the oppressed. Among the leaders he talks with along the way are Dr. King's niece, Dr. Alveda King; former presidential candidate Herman Cain; Congressman Allen West; economist and author Dr. Thomas Sowell; talk-show host and author Glenn Beck; the late Andrew Breitbart. We also meet a new generation of young freedom fighters who are on the front lines of change!

Rev. Bryant's conclusion? It's time to run. "Run away from economic slavery. Run toward the blessings of liberty. Let us remain strong in this fight. Run away from socialism; run away from progressivism. And if you get tired, America ... run harder!"

About the Filmmakers

C.L. Bryant (Host and Original Concept)

A licensed and ordained Baptist minister for more than 30 years, Rev. C.L. Bryant takes moviegoers on an incredible journey through history and current events in the new documentary RUNAWAY SLAVE. Rev. Bryant is a highly sought-after speaker, thanks to his unique insight on religious, political, and racial issues. A one-time NAACP chapter president (in Garland, Texas), Rev. Bryant now believes the values he once vehemently upheld have led the black community into a state of bondage at the hands of the U.S. government. He is a Tea Party Patriot, a charter member of the Red River Tea Party and the Shreveport/Bossier Tea Party, co-founder of the Desoto Parish Grassroots, founder of the national movement One Nation Back to God (, and Fellow with Freedom Works Foundation in Washington, D.C. He has been married 36 years to the former Jane C. Pruitt and they have four children and eight grandchildren.

Pritchett Cotten (Director and Writer)

Pritchett Cotten is an innovative, award-winning director, writer, and cinematographer. He has written and directed numerous narrative and documentary films, including Tea Party: The Documentary Film. Pritchett's creative cinematography has appeared in numerous venues including the Cannes Film Festival. As a cinematographer, his clients have included Coca Cola, Rubbermaid, Church's Chicken, Home Depot, and Chick-fil-A. He has shared his expertise as an instructor of film production at the Dozier Centre for the Performing Arts, and his photography has been featured in both print and on television. He holds a B.A. in Film Production, and received his Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. For more information, visit

Luke Livingston (Executive Producer)

Executive producer Luke Livingston has a quarter-century of award-winning experience in broadcast and interactive communications. His Ground Floor Video released the wildly successful Tea Party: The Documentary Film. Produced for $20,000, the DVD has sold more than 25,000 copies since its late 2009 release. Luke has also produced works for national political campaigns, National Tea Party Patriots, Freedom Works Foundation, Glenn Beck Television (GBTV), Leadership Institute, Americans for Prosperity,, and the National Center for Public Policy Research. He has also produced works for Fortune 500 corporations and faith-based mission organizations. For more information, visit

J. David Williams (Co-Executive Producer)

J. David Williams is an executive producer and distribution executive with more than 25 years experience in the entertainment industry. Throughout his career he has successfully overseen the financing production and distribution of hundreds of feature films in the theatrical marketplace. His roles have included: President of Orion Pictures, President of Providence Entertainment, Chairman of Legacy Releasing, Vice President of Columbia Pictures, and Managing Director of Credit Lyonnais Bank N.A. His FilmCrest Corporation is an entertainment venture capital company specializing in production and prints-and-advertising financing. FilmCrest provided the initial P&A funds for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and Miramax's The Aviator, Shall We Dance, Finding Neverland, Mindhunters, and Hostage. Other iniatial P&A projects include Snakes on a Plane, Premonition, Defiance, and the first film in the hugely successful Twilight series. He served as Executive Producer of There Will Be Blood, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards.