Join the Movement and See "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" – The Feminist Wire

Join the Movement and See "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners"

IN LOCAL THEATERS NOW (to find a Tugg screening in your city you must reserve tickets in advance)

The Feminist Wire’s interview with Director Shola Lynch, coming soon!!

Synopsis: A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list.






This compelling and critically acclaimed documentary is playing

in theaters nationwide as a result of community-driven efforts


Austin, TX— May 24th, 2013 Local communities across the country are using Tugg (, a web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters and create their own screening events, to bring the powerful documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners to their cities to enjoy together on the big screen.  From Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate company, Free Angela is a powerful account of Angela Davis, the University of California philosophy professor who became a political icon during the tumultuous 1960s. The film had a traditional limited theatrical opening in nine cities and is using Tugg to expand well beyond that with many more cities now getting the film through the efforts of passionate individuals and organizations that are working to bring the film to their community. Individuals can join one of the many live screenings or Free Angela or create their own screening in their city today.



Free Angela is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960’s.  Angela Davis joins the Communist Party, protests with the Black Panthers, and becomes a principle spokesperson for the burgeoning prison reform movement.  As a result, she finds herself Fighting to keep her job, and in the national media spotlight characterized by her many detractors as a dangerous subversive menace, and by her supporters as a strong leader challenging authority and boldly advocating for “Power to All People.”

So on August 7th, 1970, when Angela is implicated in the politically motivated kidnapping and murder of a judge in a brazen daylight shootout at the Marin County, CA courthouse, the nation wonders and Newsweek magazine asks: “What would prompt the daughter of the black bourgeoisie to take a desperate turn to terrorism?”

Angela flees California, convinced she will not be given a fair trial and is placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list.  After a national manhunt she is captured two months later in New York City. Charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy, Angela is put on trial in one of the most sensational court cases of its time. After a two-year legal battle, an all white jury acquits her on all charges in 1972.

It’s an edge-of-your seat thriller told for the first time by Angela and others who lived through the events firsthand. The interviews recount the politics that led her to challenge authority and spur a worldwide movement for her freedom that cemented Angela Davis, and her signature Afro hairstyle, as an iconic symbol of this still relevant political and social movement — the right to challenge the system.

Free Angela is a must see documentary!  A candid and powerful account of the tumultuous times and a woman who challenges a society that is afraid of all that she represents. Filled with elements of intrigue, suspense and conspiracies, the film delivers by empowering and inspiring diverse international audiences with its message of hope and redemption.

You know her name. Now, you will finally know her story.


How Tugg Works

Tugg allows anyone to choose a film they’d like to see at the theater and create their own event.  Individuals or organizations choose their film, theater, date & time and Tugg supplies a personalized event page for the screening. Once a necessary amount of people commit to attending by reserving a ticket, the event will be confirmed, and Tugg will take care of all logistics including ticketing and ensuring delivery of the film; allowing the audience to sit back and enjoy the show.

“We’re incredibly excited to see empowered individuals and groups across the country host their own screenings of this gripping and inspirational film.  Free Angela is a perfect film for local communities to rally around and participate in a conversation about social justice that is still relevant today,” said Tugg co-founders Nicolas Gonda and Pablo Gonzalez.

“Codeblack Films is pleased to partner with Tugg to provide our community the opportunity to see this incredible documentary film Free Angela and All Political Prisoners in cities where it was not be released in theaters.  Much like Angela Davis used her voice and the voices of others for change, our initiative with Tugg allows individuals the ability to come together and share a common experience. We hope that everyone takes the opportunity to join the revolution and take advantage of this unique program,” said Jeff Clanagan, CEO of Codeblack Films.

For more information on the film, visit the Official Site.


About Tugg, Inc.

Tugg, Inc. (“Tugg”) is a web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters.  Through Tugg, individuals are empowered to select a film, screening time, and nearby theater, and then spread the word to their immediate and online community. Once a necessary amount of people commit to attending, the event will be confirmed, and Tugg will reserve the theater, manage ticketing and ensure delivery of the film; allowing the audience to sit back and enjoy the show.  Tugg is currently working with exhibitors Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, AMC Theatres, Bow Tie Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres, Goodrich Quality Cinemas, Rave Cinemas and Regal Cinemas, as well as additional regional and independently-owned theaters across the country. These exhibitors provide theatrical venues for individually curated events showcasing Tugg’s growing library of hundreds of studio and independent films.


About Codeblack Films

Codeblack Films, a division of Lionsgate, was launched in 2012 by 20-year entertainment industry veteran Jeff Clanagan. Codeblack’s mission is to serve the black community worldwide through the development of a diversified portfolio of feature films and other content produced internally and through strategic acquisitions.  Codeblack provides brand strategy solutions to globally-recognized celebrities, artists, intellectual property holders and brands operating in the entertainment and sports industries and leverages content across digital and traditional platforms alike.  By establishing unified brands that flow from live performance venues to theatrical exhibition, TV, Internet platforms, mobile devices and game consoles, content is positioned to benefit from multiple revenue platforms and consumers and fans enjoy a richer and more immersive experience.

Clanagan and the Codeblack team draw upon entertainment industry expertise in feature films, television, home entertainment, music and digital media to develop, produce and acquire content targeted to the fast-growing African American consumer market.  Codeblack’s analysis and understanding of the urban market — values, attitudes, behavior and trends – allows them to customize branding strategies for  all the content with which they are associated.