TMR 005 – The Murder of Fred Hampton

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The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971)

d. Howard Alk

Fred Hampton
Rennie Davis
Edward Hanrahan
Bobby Rush
Ronald “Doc” Satchel

This week on TMR, we’re delighted to welcome our first ever guest, Atlanta filmmaker Leo Hollen Jr! We watch the powerful 1971 documentary “The Murder of Fred Hampton,” Leo gets uncomfortable when we make him a Black Spokesman, Steve tells us of his mentor and friend Ronn Pitts who helped make this film, and Ryan tries to sound tough when talking about the cops (Spoiler: he fails).

Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also documents his activities in organizing the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programs he founded for children during the last eighteen months of his life.

Written by Harvard Film Archive via IMDB

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Things discussed in the show:

Leo Hollen Jr.’s new documentary Queer Moxie (follow Leo on twitter @leoHollen)

Straight Outta Compton (Ice Cube, Paul Giamatti, O’Shea Jackson Jr.)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Steve Carell, Keira Knightley)

Winona Ryder

Rose McGowen (Dawn)

Wormwood, The Walking Dead & zombie movies in general

What Happened Nina Simone? – Documentary

Nina Simone’s “House of the Rising Sun”

The Bee Gees “To Love Somebody”

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Julian Modugno


Cat’s Eye (Drew Barrymore)

Five Minutes of Heaven (Liam NeesonTaken, The Grey)

Ronn Pitts

The Black Panther Party

Bobby Seele


Machine politics

The breakfast for kids program and health clinics

“We’re an armed propaganda unit”


Emmitt Till

Police brutality protests

“You can’t fight fire with fire. You fight fire with water. You can’t fight racism with racism.”

The ’68 Democratic National Convention – The Chicago 8

Students for a Democractic Society (SDS), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Black Stone Rangers, The Rainbow Coalition


J. Edgar Hoover

The question of objective truth in documentary

Werner Herzog

Fox News

The Chicago Police – and their amazing jackets

William O’Neil

Abbie Hoffman


“Fuck tha Police” – NWA

Class war

Sweeping the Streets Documentary

The Chicago Tribune

“No Quarter For Wild Beasts”


Chris Rock pulled over selfie

Panther (The movie)




The second amendment


Why has nothing changed?

Shut it down ATL

Transpacific Partnership (TPP)

Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara

Next week: Timecop

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