Filmmakers of 'The Banker' release a formal Statement Defending the Film, Supported by the Director, Writer & Stars
On November 20 Patently Apple posted a report titled "At the last moment, Apple Surprisingly Cancelled the AFI Festival Premiere of ‘The Banker’ over Undisclosed ‘Concerns.’" We posted follow-up report on November 23 titled "Apple's Reasoning for Pulling 'The Banker' from its Premier this week and Cancelling its Theatrical Release Revealed." Today the filmmakers and stars weighed in on the matter.
In the wake of Apple's decision to delay the release of feature film The Banker amid sexual abuse claims leveled against Bernard Garrett Jr. — the son of one of the subjects of the drama and a co-producer on the film — the filmmakers behind the movie have released a statement defending the movie.
"We set out to tell a story we were very passionate about, recounting the remarkable lives of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, and their groundbreaking achievements combating racial inequality in the 1950s and '60s," reads the statement, which was signed by director and writer George Nolfi, as well as stars and producers Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson. The cast and crew behind the movie, including Nia Long, Nicholas Hoult and below-the-line crewmembers, also signed the statement.
It continues: "Though we have no way of knowing what may have transpired between Mr. Garrett’s children in the 1970s, including the allegations of abuse we have recently been made aware of, our hearts go out to anyone who has suffered. The film itself is not based on the recollections of any of Bernard Garrett Sr.’s children, but rather, on recorded interviews with Bernard Garrett Sr. himself, conducted in 1995, supported by congressional transcripts, court rulings and other media articles from the era. We stand by the film and its positive message of empowerment."
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