GRAND THEFT GOSPEL





           

"'WE SHALL OVERCOME' SHOULD BELONG TO

 ALL OF US" - USA TODAY (May 2016)


"A DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER IS THE LEAD

 PLAINTIFF IN A LAWSUIT OVER THE FAMOUS

 PROTEST SONG" -Hollywood Reporter (April 2016)

 

 

Hello friends, my name is Isaias Gamboa and I am the writer and director of the documentary feature film, "GRAND THEFT GOSPEL: WE SHALL OVERCOME".

 

I am here to ask for your financial support to help complete the important editing and post-production phase of this powerful film.

 

As you may have guessed, I am also the filmmaker referenced in the USA TODAY and HOLLYWOOD REPORTER headlines above...and here's why.

 

Did you know that the recent award winning films, LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER" and "SELMA" were actually denied the free use of "We Shall Overcome".  If this OUTRAGES you, you are not alone.  

 

Since 1960, legendary folk singer, Pete Seeger and his powerful publishing company has unlawfully claimed ownership of "We Shall Overcome" and demanded millions of dollars for its use.  But now, with your help, the world finally will know the truth about, "We Shall Overcome", AND THE TRUTH WILL SET IT FREE.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The U.S. Library of Congress has called, "We Shall Overcome", "The Most Powerful Song Of The Twentieth Century".  And Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. aptly named it, "THE THEME SONG" of the African American Civil Rights Movement.  But who actually wrote, "We Shall Overcome"?   And who owns it? The world deserves to know. These shocking answers will be revealed for the first time in our feature length film.

 

Six years in the making, this film was shot in a participatory/expository style and follows my extraordinary and unexpected journey of discovery into the disturbing untold story of the iconic anthem of the African American Civil Rights Movement. -A story that has NEVER been told. With your generous donation, we WILL tell this story and LIBERATE, "We Shall Overcome" for all time.

 

HOW YOUR DONATION WILL BE USED

 

I am thrilled to report that, through the generous support of donors like you, we have successfully completed the critical production phase of this film. In preparation for it's theatrical release in the Spring of 2017, as well as film festivals around the globe, your donation will be used to edit and craft 90 hours of high definition footage into a powerful 90 minute feature film. 

 

GREAT NEWS!

 

After seeing samples of the footage we have accumulated, the award-winning co-producers of the Oscar® WINNING film, "PRECIOUS" and "LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER" - SIMONE SHEFFIELD and VALERIE HOFFMAN, have officially joined our team as producers of this important and historic film.

 

OUR OBJECTIVE - FREE "WE SHALL OVERCOME"!

 

By educating the public as to the true origins of this iconic freedom song, this film seeks to cause those who currently claim illegitimate ownership and control of, "We Shall Overcome" to unshackle the song by releasing it into the Public Domain, thus ending more than half a century of unlawful bondage, control and exploitation.

 

Over the past six years, I, along with my crew, have travelled all across the United States to capture extraordinary footage including 23 powerful interviews. I will mention just a few:

 

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.  

 

*Globally recognized Author and Theologian

*Close friend of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sr.

*Ohio Civil Rights Hall Of Fame Inductee

* Advisor to President Jimmy Carter

* 33 years as Pastor of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church / Largest Black Church in Ohio

 

 

Otis Williams

 

*Founder of "The Temptations"

*Three-Time Grammy® Award winner

*Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award

*Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee

*Hollywood Walk Of Fame

*Two-Time American Music Award Recipient

*"Top 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time" -Rolling Stone 

*13 Platinum Sales Awards

*25 Gold Sales Awards

 

 

PETE SEEGER

 

*Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee

*Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Inductee,

*National Medal Of Arts Recipient

*4-time Grammy® Award winner

*Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award winner

 

* (Since 1960, Pete Seeger, along with his powerful publishing company and three other folk singers, have made a fortune by claiming illegitimate rights to, "We Shall Overcome.") 

 

 

 Pat Boone

 

*Gospel Music Hall Of Fame

*Hollywood Walk Of Fame

*#2 Selling Artist of the 1950's (Elvis was #1) 

*45 Million Records Sold

 

IN APPRECIATION

 

In recognition of your financial support, your name, or perhaps the name of someone whose memory you wish to memorialize, will be honorably recognized in the credits of this film. We will respectfully list your name, in order according to the amount donated to help complete this film.

 

STAND UP

 

Although many of us never had a chance to stand with Dr. King at the 1963 "March on Washington", we now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play an important role in American history by helping return, "We Shall Overcome" and its POWER, to the people. Lets come together now to help liberate the anthem of the African American Civil Rights Movement - the most powerful freedom song the world has ever known.

 

WE DESERVE THIS!

 

Please stand with us and donate whatever you can. Then, share this with at least ten people. Your financial contribution and activism is greatly needed and appreciated.

 

I thank you.

 

-Isaias Gamboa


"GRAND THEFT GOSPEL"