Wilmington on Fire
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
"Wilmington on Fire" is a feature-length documentary that will give a historical and present day look at the Wilmington Massacre of 1898 and how the descendants of the victims of the event are asking for legal action in regards to compensation.
BRIEF HISTORY ON THE WILMINGTON MASSACRE OF 1898:
The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is also considered one of the only examples of a violent overthrow of an existing government (coup d'etat) and left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead. 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.
THE PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT:
The purpose of this project is to educate and bring awareness to people of all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds on the importance, significance of this event in history and to present the story from an African-American perspective. 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 become known to the public. It was supposed to be a secret, and it was for over 100 years.
- To educate and bring awareness about the massacre of 1898 and its impact on Wilmington, NC, throughout the state of NC and the rest of the American south.
- To push for legal action in regards to compensation to the heirs (descendants) of the victims of the massacre of 1898.
- To push for legislation in regards to economic redevelopment in the areas impacted (mostly the African-American community). Business grants & loans, tax incentives for black-owned businesses. Increase African-American home ownership.
- To push for more scholarships + grants for African-American students (high school + college) in Wilmington, NC.
- To push for the Wilmington Massacre of 1898 to be taught in the public school curriculum throughout the state of NC.
- To push for the building of an African-American Cultural Center in Wilmington, NC.
SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN THE FILM (interviews):
- 1. Larry Reni Thomas - Larry Reni Thomas is an author/radio anouncer and activist. He is also the founder of ICROW, Inc. (International Organization for Compensation and Reparations for the Victims of the Wilmington Massacre of 1898).
- 2. Lewin Manly - Lewin Manly is the grandson of newspaper editor Alex Manly. Alex Manly was a prominent black figure in Wilmington and was forced to leave Wilmington in 1898 after his office building was burned down by a white mob.
- 3. Faye Chaplin - Faye Chaplin is the great-granddaughter of Thomas C. Miller. Thomas C. Miller was a prominent businessman and property owner in Wilmington and was forced to leave Wilmington in 1898.
- 4. Mary Alice Jervay - Mary Alice Jervay is the owner of The Wilmington Journal, one of the oldest black weeklies in the nation.
- 5. William Darity Jr. - William Darity Jr. is a Professor of African-American Studies and Economics at Duke University.
- 6. Al McSurely - Al McSurely is a legal advisor for the North Carolina NAACP.
WHAT WE PLAN ON DOING WITH THE PROJECT:
Once completed, we plan on entering the film in major film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and Tribeca. We will enter it in major African-American film festivals and smaller film festivals throughout the U.S as well. We will also have screenings (with Q&A) throughout the state of North Carolina. After the film makes its run through festivals and screenings, we plan on distributing the film independently through retail shops and online.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:
Our goal is to raise $16,000.00 in 60 days. The money raised through Indiegogo will be used to get a film crew, marketing & advertising, and post-production expenses such as editing, motion graphics, sound mixing, music/film score, and color correction. You will be rewarded for pledging to this project via film credit, copy of the DVD, digital movie posters (PDF's), t-shirt, producer credit, etc. As we shoot and the deadline draws closer, we will keep you posted on the progress of the film and any other updates.
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2011 Christopher Everett