If Emmett Till were alive today, he’d be 71 years young this year. Yesterday marked the 57th anniversary of his brutal murder at the hands of 2 white men, in Mississippi, at the age of 14, after reportedly flirting with a white woman.
DeShaun Davis’s upcoming feature documentary 55 Till Now, centers on Till’s 1955 murder.
The filmmakers have released a trailer for the film, which is embedded at the bottom of this post.
But first, the details about the project in the press release that follows:
New York, NY – 55 Till Now director DeShaun Davis announced today that Arkansas-based Collision Hub Productions has partnered with 55 Till Now production company, DD8 & Company, on the independent docudrama based on the 1955 murder of Emmett Till.
The film focuses on racial equality and healing after decades of yearning for justice in the racially torn town of Glendora, Mississippi, following the Aug. 28, 1955 murder of the 14-year- old Chicago black teenager. The Emmett Till case is widely credited with sparking the Civil Rights Movement.
“The quest for justice still haunts Mississippi to this day, and though our society values justice greatly, sometimes it is okay to just heal,” said Collision Hub Productions CEO Kristen Felder. “My goal when I went to college was to be a civil rights attorney. It’s a passion of mine, and I just want to support DeShaun and DD8 [with this project].”
The film has been in production for several months in Florida, Los Angeles and Washington, and will wrap in Glendora this week.
The current mayor of Glendora, Johnny B. Thomas, has been a major contributor to the movie. Mayor Thomas’ father was accused of being one of the men who participated in Till’s kidnapping. Mayor Thomas, who is African-American, and his family, have experienced years of rejection in the community because of his father’s alleged involvement in the murder.
“This film is not a white or black thing,” said Mayor Thomas. “It’s important to me and the community of Glendora because it will begin the healing process for us…and be the catalyst needed here in Mississippi to begin open dialogue in order to attain understanding and healing [of one another].”
55 Till Now has been set for release in November 2012.
“Kristen is not only a skilled producer, but she shares in the desire of our team to search for answers that lead to healing on an issue that has plagued us for decades,” said Director DeShaun Davis. “This is not just a film, but medicine for generations to come.”
And here’s the trailer: