Written and produced by John Campbell of JCINTIME, LLC, the documentary explores the unique perspectives of the educators at The Eagle Academy for Young Men schools and their remarkable students, focusing on the success young men of color can have when they are benefactors of a quality education experience. The film follows Eagle Academy student Joshua Perez; his Mother, Rosa Perez; alumni, Christopher Davis; President and CEO of The Eagle Academy Foundation, David C. Banks; principals of several Eagle Academy for Young Men schools; and Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams. The Infamous Future was directed by Richard Butterworth.
“I wanted to tell a success story on education, particularly focusing on Black and brown boys,” says writer and producer John Campbell. “Eagle Academy is that story. The students and educators’ success not only impacts their lives but the lives of the entire community, inspiring all generations. I’m very excited this story has a great home on HBO Max.”
The Eagle Academy Foundation’s model is one that understands the lived experience of students of color and works to create an environment that is empathetic, reflective and maximizes the potential of each student. The film explores how education experts at The Eagle Academy Foundation strive to change an entrenched American mindset, insisting that young Black and brown men can be one of our nation’s greatest successes.
Prompted by a Columbia University report that stated 75% of all crimes in the state stem from seven neighborhoods in New York City, the organization 100 Black Men, together with Founding Principal and President and CEO Banks, set out to establish The Eagle Academy Foundation’s network of schools in these communities.
“Our young men face many hurdles when it comes to educational success. Over the course of 15 years, we at the Eagle Academy Foundation have created the infrastructure and support system which allows them to thrive and reach their full potential,” says David C. Banks. “The debut of ‘The Infamous Future’ on HBO Max is a rare opportunity for people to see the promise and excellence young men of color have when given the opportunity to succeed.”
The Eagle Academy Foundation’s network of six public schools across the five boroughs of New York City and Newark, N.J. maintains a high rate of success with students. Their pedagogy model boasts a graduation rate of 87% compared to the 59% national average for young men of color, with an estimated 98% of their scholars prepared for college and career pursuits.