Director Christopher Everett shared his experiences from the recent Cucalorus Film Festival (North Carolina) premiere of his documentary “Wilmington on Fire”, executive produced by Pete Chatmon.

“My week at Cucalorus went very well. “Wilmington on Fire” was the talk of the town all week. Tickets to the screening were sold out days before the premiere. After a standing ovation, we did a short Q&A. For my premiere screening at Thalian Hall, I was at maximum capacity of 546. At Jengo’s Playhouse, which was a repeat screening the next day, I had 76 and a portion of that was standing room (it’s a 52 seat theater)…”

Wilmington’s Star News Online said:

“In the five spaces where most of the screenings took place, seats were largely filled, and occasionally sold out entirely. One of those sold-out screenings was for director Christopher Everett’s feature-length documentary “Wilmington on Fire,” which packed Thalian Hall on Saturday afternoon and earned a repeat screening Sunday at Cucalorus headquarters Jengo’s Playhouse. The film recounts in significant detail the Wilmington massacre and coup d’état of 1898 — during which whites killed dozens of blacks and drove others out of town — as well as the planning that went into the plot, some of it by sitting government officials. The film also makes a strong case for reparations to be made to the descendants of those who were killed or whose property — some of which is valuable, historic-district real estate today — was confiscated…”

Check out the OPENING TITLES and TRAILER below. Stay tuned for more information on the film via the WOF Facebook Page.