A massacre kept secret for over 100 years. Now the truth will finally be revealed. Read more
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About this project
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THE FILM: Wilmington on Fire is a feature-length documentary that will give a historical and present day look at the Wilmington Massacre of 1898. The film features interviews from historians, authors, activists and descendants of the victims of the Wilmington Massacre of 1898. Wilmington on Fire will talk about things such as: African-American progress after slavery, African-American's in Wilmington prior to the 1898 massacre, The Wilmington Massacre of 1898, Reparations, African-American history in Wilmington, The state of North Carolina's involvement in the massacre of 1898, The Black community in Wilmington today AND MUCH MORE!
OUR PREVIEW TRAILER: Check out the preview trailer for the film below!
THE HISTORY: The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is considered one of the only successful examples of a violent overthrow of an existing government (coup d'etat) and left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead and exiled from the city. 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. 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 became known to the public.
OUR TEASER TRAILER: Check out the teaser trailer for the film below!
WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT: In order to complete this film, we urgently need to raise $16,000 in the next 30 days. The money raised through Kickstarter will be used to create special effects & titles, as well as for the process of combining all of these elements: rendering, color grading, compositing, sound design and editing. This is needed in order to create everything at high resolution so that the finished film will be able to screen at film festivals and movie theaters. The money will be also used for archival material usage fees (photos, documents, news articles, news footage).
Director & Producer Christopher Everett: Christopher Everett is an actor, writer, director and producer. He has a degree in Graphic Design from King's College in Charlotte, NC. He recently finished his first documentary short entitled "The Laurinburg Institute Est. 1904" on a historic African-American Boarding & Day School in his hometown of Laurinburg, NC. Christopher has also starred in many commercials throughout the south east and indie films such as the award-winning narrative short “On My Last Breath”. For more info, check out: https://www.facebook.com/wilmingtononfire
Executive Producer Pete Chatmon: Pete Chatmon is an award-winning filmmaker across several platforms. He wrote, produced, and directed "Premium", starring Dorian Missick and Zoe Saldana and "761st", narrated by Andre Braugher, and has directed several short films, original webseries, and branded content for ad agencies. Double7 Images, his media+marketing collective, exists to give businesses, brands, and entrepreneurs a fighting chance in a marketplace crowded with distracting media noise. For more info, check out: http://d7i.co/
Cinematographer Donte Lee: Donte' Lee has experience in film, music videos and commercials. His music video experience includes videos for artists such as Shaggy, Calvin Richardson, Tamer Hosny, and Paper Tongues. His commercial experience includes commercials for Rubbermaid and Saber Grills. His recent feature film work includes indies “Jimmy” and “9 Ball”. For more info, check out: http://vimeo.com/donte
Additional Cinematography Jesse Kale: Jesse Kale is recent graduate of UNCW with a degree in Communication. After being inspired by the film John Carpenter's The Thing he decided to pursue a career in filmmaking. Besides working on WOF he recently produced the action short Drag Him Out! ,which premiered at Cucalorus, and programmed UNCW's, Lumina Theater. Though he isn't currently working on a project he is hopeful to find something soon that will spark his interest.
Original Score Matthew Head: With over six years of scoring experience, Matthew has found much success in the realms of film and video. His composition credits include numerous scores for movies, documentaries, and even commercials. Working with The Horne Brother’s production company, Matthew served as the Music Supervisor and Composer for their films Kissing Bandit and The Start of Dreams. Matthew has also worked with Dapa Entertainment composing the music for their documentary I am a Dream Chaser. Extending his abilities, he has worked closely with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution marketing team providing music for their commercials. For more info, check out: http://www.matthewheadproductions.com/
Music Supervisor JaNese Jean: Talk about a musician that embodies every aspect of music, you’re talking about Ja’Nese Jean. Artist, Vocal Producer and Music Supervisor, Ja’Nese Jean is a Triple Threat. Ja’Nese Jean’s dream is to inspire the masses through music, and for that reason, it’s important for her to be well skilled and knowledgeable in multiple aspect of the musical realm. She’s a Songwriter/Composer with ASCAP, a member of NARAS, and AGMA. She’s also a classically trained coloratura Opera diva, and humanitarian amongst many other things.
Promo Trailer / Motion Graphics Christopher Salvador: Christopher Salvador has worked with graphic design for over 6 years, and has been working in motion graphics for about 3 years. He is currently a student at the Savannah college of art in design (SCAD) studying motion graphics and graphic design. For more info, check out: http://www.behance.net/diorchata
Assistant Editor Don Stafford: Don Stafford has been in the video business for more than 20 years. He has been IT Director for several national distributors and is currently Director, IT for an international distributor. He has gotten involved on the production side of the business in both filming and editing in the past 3 years and is proud to be a part of this project.
We hope you join in support of our filmmaking team and we have some great rewards to encourage you, including:
- A "First Look" of the film via a password protected link! See it before anyone else does.
- A pre-release DVD of the finished film!
- Posters and Art Prints
See the sidebar for more great rewards.
Risks and challenges
The challenge with this project or with any project that is a historical documentary, archival materials are needed. Most of these materials are very pricey ($100.00 per photo and up). The total for archival materials is $5,800.00 so the campaign must be a success in order to get usage of these materials. We also have a very experience post-production team of editors, graphic artists, sound mixers and composers that are going to make this film look and sound FANTASTIC.
Our main priority, once successfully funded, is to complete post-production on WILMINGTON ON FIRE. We have received positive feedback from people throughout the country about the importance of this film being made. We are committed to getting this film out to as many people as possible and as soon as possible. If the project is funded successfully, we will premiere the film at the 2014 NC Black Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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"First Look" viewing of WOF (once completed) via a password protected link + “Thank You” and “Shout Outs” on Facebook and TwitterEstimated delivery:
WOF DVD with bonus features (once completed) + everything aboveEstimated delivery:
WOF One-Sheet (12 x 18) + WOF postcard + everything aboveEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Speller Street Films T-Shirt + Speller Street Films postcard + everything aboveEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
WOF T-Shirt + Alexander Manly art print + everything aboveEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
A Day of Blood: 1898 Wilmington Race Riots (book written by LeRae Umfleet who is featured in "Wilmington on Fire") ) + True Story Behind the Wilmington Ten (book written by Larry Reni Thomas who is featured in "Wilmington on Fire") + 3 WOF teaser posters (11x17) + everything above.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit + 10 WOF art prints (12 x 18) + WOF One-Sheet (24 x 40) + Powernomics & Black Labor, White Wealth (books written by Dr. Claud Anderson who is featured in "Wilmington on Fire") + everything aboveEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit + Rights to screen WOF in your city or town (once completed) + 4 passes to the WOF premiere in Wilmington, NC (TBA) + 10 copies of WOF (DVDs) + everything aboveEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
- (30 days)