The Lynching of Emmett Till
Friday: 6:30 pm – Wilson Theater
Saturday: 11:00 am – Domenico’s
Runtime: 70 min.
Director: Rob Underhill
Producer: Rob Underhill
Website: DAR HE Movie
‘Thank you… chronicles an important and tragic event in the history of our country.’ –NC Governor Beverly Perdue
“A masterful performance by Mike Wiley.” –20th Pan African Film Festival
“His uncanny ability to transform himself allows us to experience this piece of history in all its horror.” –Deirdre Haj, Executive Director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC USA
“Brilliant… an inspiring film. ” –Tim Tyson, best selling author, Blood Done Sign My Name
Days after stepping off the train, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago goes missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy’s mutilated body is found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine interviews the residents of Money to get at the root of what happened. As well, the two men acquitted for the boy’s murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, agree to sit down with Mr. Huie to discuss the trial. Not a word has been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now…
DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till (8 Best Film Awards), is the TRUE STORY crafted from the public record: a transfixing dramatization of the historic interviews and events surrounding the murder that became a lightning rod for moral outrage and pivotal in inspiring a whole generation of young people to commit to social change in the 1950s. ‘His death was a spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America,’ Ed Bradley, Emmy Award-winning journalist.
DAR HE is adapted from Mike Wiley’s highly acclaimed one-man play, Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till. For years prior to making the film, Mike did deep research on the Emmett Till story to put the motives and series of events in historical order. Due to racial violence regularly capturing national and world media headlines, such as with the recent shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida, DAR HE teaches a lesson as important today as it was in 1955 when it helped spur the Civil Rights Movement.
DAR HE is brought to you by the makers of two short films exploring the Emmett Till story: “Empty Space” (2009) and “Wolf Call” (2010), winners of 28 festival awards, 10 nominations, and scores of official selections. “Wolf Call” was also nominated for a 2012 Black Reel Award for Outstanding Short Film. DAR HE is the pinnacle achievement of this work.
The film stars MIKE WILEY, winner of numerous Best Actor Awards from 2009 to 2012 for his performances in “Empty Space”, “Wolf Call,” and now Dar He, including Best Actor at the 25th Black International Cinema, Berlin, Germany. In DAR HE, Mike Wiley fields the entire 36-character cast.
FEATURED FILM REVIEW:
By DEIRDRE HAJ (Exec. Dir. of Full Frame Doc. Film Fest.) | Jan 31, 2012 | “We Are All Connected” | http://tiny.cc/9vuf2b
TV NEWS FEATURES:
UNC-TV | Mar 22, 2012 | “Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till” | http://tiny.cc/t0esbw
WRAL-TV | Feb 16, 2012 | ‘Emmett Till movie filmed in NC’ | http://tiny.cc/Zuuf2b
FEATURED RADIO INTERVIEWS:
North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC | THE STORY with DICK GORDON | ‘Emmett Till” | Aired Apr 17, 2012 | http://tiny.cc/o9gxcw
North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC | THE STATE OF THINGS with FRANK STASIO |
“Taking a Lesson from Emmett Till” | Aired Mar 23, 2012 | http://tiny.cc/wyesbw
PRINT / ONLINE NEWS FEATURES:
HIP HOP WIRED | Sept. 20, 2012 | “7 Must See Films At The 2012 Urbanworld Film Festival” |
By STAFF | http://tiny.cc/b2q5kw
INDEPENDENT WEEKLY| July 18, 2012 | “Mike Wiley is one man, with so many roles” |
By BYRON WOODS | http://tiny.cc/2etqhw
THE CHRONICLE | Mar 29, 2012 | ‘Recess interviews Rob Underhill’ | By TED PHILLIPS | http://tiny.cc/1ycybw
THE CHRONICLE | Mar 29, 2012 | “Recess interviews Mike Wiley” | By TED PHILLIPS | http://tiny.cc/a1cybw
STAR NEWS | Mar 20, 2012 | ‘N.C. natives to be honored by film festival’ | By CASSIE FOSS | http://tiny.cc/f5jzbw
INDIEWIRE | Jan 30, 2012 | ‘Trailer Watch: ‘DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till,’ Premiering at PAFF Next Month’ | By VANESSA MARTINEZ | http://tiny.cc/uuuf2b