Exclusively from Variety; Buffalo 8 Productions is partnering with filmmaker Andre Gaines to fast-track the documentary ‘I Am Dick Gregory.’ Gaines had been working Gregory and his family on the project with the Gregory’s son Christian on board as an executive producer.
‘I Am Dick Gregory’ will chronicle the complex life of the late comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, conspiracy theorist, and occasional actor. Production is due to end in the coming weeks in Los Angeles. Gaines and his team have amassed over 300 hours of archival footage of Gregory including footage shot since last year. No word on who will distribute the film yet.
Gregory became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his “no-holds-barred” sets, in which he mocked bigotry and racism. He performed primarily to black audiences at segregated clubs until 1961, when he became the first black comedian to successfully cross over to white audiences, appearing on television and putting out comedy record albums. 
Gregory was an active figure in the political arena in the 1960s, he protested the Vietnam War and racial injustice. He was arrested multiple times and went on many hunger strikes.
“Dick Gregory is one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th and 21st Centuries,” Gaines said. “I say ‘is’ because he is still present to me, like he is to so many who admired his wit, intellect, jokes and wisdom. Telling his story and working with his son Christian to honor his legacy is as meaningful to me and my team as the short time we spent with Dick Gregory himself.”
Gregory died of heart failure at age 84 on August 19, 2017.