On Indiegogo, a group are asking for funding for their short biographic about James Banning; the first African American to fly coast-to-coast.
The makers are looking for $45,000USD to cover costs of filming, they have currently raised almost $4,000. Keeping the wardrobe accurate is going to be difficult as Banning’s story takes place in the thirties.
His story is certainly inspirational. After being rejected from flying (due to being African American) he made his own plane using a 14-year-old engine, with help from donations.
Four months after Banning’s record, he died as a passenger in a plane. He was refused piloting the plane at a air show where it went into a tail spin and crashed.
The makers want to get Banning’s story honoured in hopes of inspiring young adults to be motivated and passionate.
If you’re interested in donating, check out their Indiegogo plea: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/telling-the-untold-story-of-james-herman-banning
They have already shot some footage. It’s top quality stuff, but the dialogue is a tad cheesy. Nevertheless, it seems like a worth while cause.