The Infamous Future sets its tone early. Speaking at a graduation ceremony, David C. Banks, the President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation tells the class they are entering a world that does not care for them. The documentary is about Eagle’s goal to educate and empower young Black and brown boys and prepare them for this harsh world.
Banks is interviewed throughout the film. His passion comes through each time he is on screen. He explains the whys and hows of Eagle and the importance in the community. He is a powerful presence even during his quieter moments. The documentary hits its audience with a lot of statistics. In similar films, this can be tedious or even seem like deflection. In The Infamous Future, these facts are sobering and interesting. They underscore why the Eagle needs to exist.
There are also interviews with current students, alumni, and parents. This brings another layer to the film. Students and parents are going to have a different perspective than faculty. They are more concerned with what it can do for them and their family. This allows The Infamous Future to show the benefits of Eagle from all points of view.
As the film closes, the Eagle Academy appears to be growing. Banks is branching out to public co-ed schools to test the model that has been used at Eagle. Based on its success, he even thinks it is possible for Eagle to branch around the country. It is an inspiring and positive documentary that is especially important in today’s world.
The Infamous Future premieres on HBO Max January 1
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