As 2013 closes there is an important film project that has receieved a lot of attention here on S&A over the past few years, Christopher Everett's feature-length documentary Wilmington on Fire, that is seeking a final push on Kickstarter to complete editing and other multiple post-production elements. The campaign ends in a few days.
For those unaware, this film will show an historical and present day look at the Wilmington Massacre of 1898. The Massacre was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is considered one of the only successful examples of a violent overthrow of an existing government (coup d'etat) and left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead and exiled from the city. This event was the spring board for the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow Segregation throughout the state of North Carolina, and the American South. This incident is barely mentioned and has been omitted from most history books. It was not until 2006, after the North Carolina General Assembly published a report on it, that the tragedy became known to the public.
The money raised will be used to create special effects and titles, as well as for the proecess of combining all of these elements including rendering color grading, sound design and more, in order to create a beautiful film that can compete creatively and aesthetically at film festivals and movie theaters.
Click HERE for the Kickstarter campaign page immediately and help spread the word if you're interested in what you see and hear. They need to raise $10,000 more in the next few days.
Check out the preview trailer below (if a YouTube commercial pops up, please be patient) and click ahead for various clips from the movie of Dr. Claud Anderson of the Harvest Institute black think tank, historian and Chieftess Queen Quet of the Gullah Geechee Nation, and psychologist Dr. Umar Johnson and also listen to a recent interview with director Christopher Everett to give you more perspective.