Imagine living in a country where everything about your way of life could change by crossing an invisible geographic line, where the worth of your existence could be diminished in a matter of miles.
That was the America black citizens inhabited in the 1950s, the America that cost 14-year old Emmett Till his life.
During a trip from his peaceful Chicago neighborhood to the Jim Crow South, Emmett was accused of speaking inappropriately to a white woman. For that, he paid the ultimate price: dragged from his bed in the dead of night and brutally slain.
The story of his murder and the trial of his assailants made headlines across the country and ignited the Civil Rights Movement. The Face of Emmett Till brings the true story of a national tragedy turned rallying cry for justice and equality to the big screen for the first time.
About the Film-Makers
David Barr III (Co-Writer)
Award-winning actor and author who has had several plays published including Death of the Black Jesus, Ev’ry Time I Feel The Spirit, The Face of Emmett Till, Black Caesar, and Point of Revue. His works have been produced nationally and internationally. In Chicago David’s works were seen at Goodman, Pegasus Players, Chicago Theatre Company, and Black Ensemble. David’s docudrama My Soul IS A Witness toured nationally twice and appeared in The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Arts Festival in Chennai, India.
His numerous awards include a 1991 Joseph Jefferson Citation for Actor In A Principal Role(Victims--Organic Theater Greenhouse), three Illinois Arts Council fellowships, two National Playwriting awards from The Unicorn Theater in Kansas City, Missouri (Ev’ry Time I Feel The Spirit and Death Of The Black Jesus), a National Playwright’s Award from Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Death Of The Black Jesus), winner of the Theodore Ward National Playwriting Contest (Black Caesar), and a Joseph Jefferson Citation for Best New Work for The Upper Room (Pegasus Players).
His screenplay adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s The Gilded Six Bits aired on Chicagoland PBS affiliates WTTW/WYCC and was screened at the 14th Annual International Black Harvest Festival in Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center. His co-written screenplay adaptation of Death Of Innocence was optioned by HBO in 2006. David was a feature editor for EBONY Man Magazine and has been a proud Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists since 1993.
Skyland Pictures LLC.
A development and production company based in Chicago and LA. Founded by Anthony Miller and David Scott Hay, Skyland’s mission is quality films. Both genre and prestige.
David Scott Hay (Co-Writer) Chicago Branch
Has written, produced, and developed award-winning scripts for over a decade. He also wrote and directed the award-winning indie feature film "Hard Scrambled" starring Kurtwood Smith.
David’s screenplays have placed in the top ten in international script contests such as Scriptapalooza and Final Draft’s Big Break. His forte is script & story development both on the page and with table reads utilizing Chicago’s top acting pool.
Anthony Miller Los Angeles Branch
Has produced award-winning indie films such as Burn and the video games Medal of Honor: Breakthrough and Medal of Honor: Spearhead for Electronic Arts LA. He has also worked with corporate clients and several studios as a VFX artist on such films as "Clash of the Titans" and the "Harry Potter" Series.
*Advisors and consultants for Skyland include Oscar and Emmy winners, Pulitzer nominees and National Best Selling Authors.
FireRock Bay Pictures LLC.
Established in 2009 and located in Burbank CA, FRB is a full service production company dedicated to the support and creation of quality independent Film and Television. Their partnership network, with over 30yrs experience, ranges from; equipment rentals, production, post-production all he way through to distribution. To learn more please go to www.frbpictures.com