Anthony Mackie will make his feature directorial debut with “Spark” starring Saniyya Sidney (“King Richard”) as unsung Civil Rights pioneer Claudette Colvin.
Colvin was 15 when she bravely stood up to racism, getting arrested after refusing to give up her seat on a crowded segregated bus in Alabama – nine months before Rosa Parks became a symbol of the Civil Rights era for doing the same thing.
Initially embraced by Civil Rights leaders, Colvin was then pushed aside when those same people decided a poor, dark-skinned teenage girl would not be the ideal face for their public campaign.
Mackie is producing with Kellon Akeem, Jason Michael Berman and Marc Ambrose. Niceole R. Levy (“The Banker”) is penning the film partly inspired by Phillip Hoose’s book “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice”.