“On a dark night in 1955, a Mississippi preacher tries to protect is 14 year-old nephew, Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood; based on a true story.” ‘My Nephew Emmett’ is a historical 19 minute short-film that takes place on the night 14 year-old Emmett Till was abducted, tortured, and murdered on August 28, 1955 in Money, Mississippi.
On August 28, 1955 at 2:30 AM, Emmett Till was snatched from his bed and the care of his uncle and aunt, Mose and Elizabeth Wright. Three days later, he was found floating in the Tallahatchie River. His crime: allegedly “flirting” with a white woman. The short film focuses on the night Till was abducted and 64 year-old Mose Wright as he tries to protect his 14 year-old nephew from two racist killers out for blood.
‘My Nephew Emmett’ is an Award Winning Short Film written, produced, and directed by Kevin Wilson, Jr. starring Charlie Talbert, Dane Rhodes, L.B. Williams, Joshua Wright, and Jasmine Guy. The film was made as a curricular project at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Graduate Film Program where Wilson attended.
Made with the generous support from private donors, GoFundMe Contributors, and through the Spike Lee Production Fellowship, ‘My Nephew Emmett’ was screened at a number of film festivals including: 55th New York Film Festival, HollyShorts Film Festival, LA Shorts International Film Festival, and Woodstock Film Festival and was awarded the GOLD MEDAL at the 44th Student Academy Awards and the Best African-American Short Film Award from the Director’s Guild of America.
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