The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Social filmmaking at its most effective, Keith Beauchamp's documentary The Untold Story Of Emmett Louis Till reconstructs the infamously brutal murder of the eponymous 14-year-old African-American boy, which helped to marshal the American Civil Rights Movement. Beauchamp will discuss his documentary which is currently being turned into a feature film by producer Fredrick Zollo (Ghosts of Mississippi, Mississippi Burnings), and directed by Whoopi Goldberg.
KEITH BEAUCHAMP is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn who investigated the murder of Emmett Till, fifty years after Till's death in 1955. Beauchamp's research eventually led him to create the documentary film The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, and the reopening of the case by the United States Department of Justice in May 2004. Beauchamp first encountered the Emmett Till story at age 10 while looking through an issue of Jet magazine. In 1996 he started his own research, and found microfilm of articles which listed witness who had not been questioned by police, and references to uncharged participants in the murder, besides J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, who were found not guilty of Till's murder, but later publicly confessed. Through the help of other researchers, Beauchamp contacted witnesses, but he says that it was some years before they trusted him enough to speak on camera. Researching and creating the film took nine years.
FRED ZOLLO is an American film and theatre producer. He has produced more than 100 plays in New York, London, and on tour. Zollo is an 18-time Tony nominee, winning the award six times. Frederick Zollo is best known for his film work on Best Picture Oscar nominees Mississippi Burning (1988) and Quiz Show (1994).