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Filmmaker Begins Work On ‘Wilmington On Fire: Chapter II’.

July 28, 2020 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) North Carolina-based film company Speller Street Films has launched a 30 day crowdfunding campaign on Seed&Spark to raise $30,000 to finish principal photography on its latest documentary, WILMINGTON ON FIRE: CHAPTER II, directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Christopher Everett.

As the spotlight sits on the city of Wilmington, North Carolina because of the recent police firings of police officers being caught on tape saying that they will slaughter African Americans, it shows that Wilmington has never recovered from one of the most horrific events in American history, the 1898 Wilmington Massacre in which countless of African Americans were murdered and exiled from the city.

 

The first WILMINGTON ON FIRE has screened in 15 film festivals, has won several awards, screened over 500 times across the United States, and was also mentioned last summer during the congressional hearing on reparations. The film is currently streaming on Amazon Prime, Vimeo On Demand, and KweliTV.

“The first installment, WILMINGTON ON FIRE, was one of the first film projects to take the story of the 1898 Wilmington Massacre into new heights.” said Everett. “Not only has it helped spark change throughout the city of Wilmington but throughout the country. Now we know the history of what happened in Wilmington. Now we need to address the lasting legacy of the massacre and offer solutions.” He added, “And that’s why WILMINGTON ON FIRE: CHAPTER II has to be made because it’s all about solutions and what citizens are doing in Wilmington today.”

The crowdfunding campaign will run for 30 days. During the campaign, Speller Street Films will release exclusive clips plus the new teaser for WILMINGTON ON FIRE: CHAPTER II. The film will be in production from now until spring 2021 with plans on premiering the film in November 2021. The film recently received the SDF Research & Development Grant for the Southern Documentary Fund. Visit www.seedandspark.com/fund/wof2 or www.wilmingtononfire.com/campaign to learn more about WILMINGTON ON FIRE: CHAPTER II and to become a backer.

ABOUT WILMINGTON ON FIRE: CHAPTER II

WILMINGTON ON FIRE: CHAPTER II documents a community’s fight for justice and equality (economic, political, social) in a city that is still affected by a racial massacre that took place over 120 years ago.

ABOUT SPELLER STREET FILMS

Founded in 2015, Speller Street Films is a Durham, North Carolina-based creative film studio committed to developing and producing cinematic content in a variety of mediums for the global marketplace. Speller Street Films also serves as a film marketing and distribution consulting agency providing a new lane for hybrid distribution and community engagement strategies.

For press inquiries, please contact Speller Street Films at 919.667.4670 or at chris@spellerstreet.com.

 


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