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.
FROM DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER EVERETT:
“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.