While I have no personal experience with Kevin J Williams and am unfamiliar with his political leanings, agenda, etc. I was forwarded the email found below. Regrettably, there are only 3 screenings, and notice is short. I hope that they’re able to come back to Wilmington with more notice. The debate is critical, and the movie’s trailer is great.
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Subject: DELAWARE Premiere of New Political Documentary FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN in WILMINGTON (July 28-31)
My name is Kevin J. Williams and I am the Director/Co-Producer of a new documentary feature film, FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN, which will be having its “Delaware Premiere” with Q&A on Thursday, July 28th at 7 PM at Theatre N in WILMINGTON, with follow-up Screenings/Q&As on July 30th and 31st at 11 AM.
We are just starting to get the film “out there” into the world and the nice folks at Theatre N thought it would be wise for us to contact you about this special arts event we are holding in Wilmington next week. As leaders in an urban area, we hope that you can join us at one of our film screenings next week. It would be great for us to hear your thoughts on our film and the issues raised in it.
Below is the official press release for our film to give you a sense of what our film is about, who is in it and how we made it. I should emphasize that while our film is a political documentary, it is a non-partisan film which looks at why there are so few Black Republicans and what that means for the greater Two-Party System. Just in case, my Co-Producer (and wife) Tamara and I produced this film ourselves over six plus years and are now distributing it ourselves also. You can also find more info and see our trailer at our website,www.fearofablackrepublican.com.
If you feel comfortable forwarding this information to anyone you think may be interested, please do so. As independent filmmakers, we can use all the help we can get.
Thanks for your time and consideration of our project,
Kevin J. Williams
FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN
P.O. Box 55249
Trenton, NJ 08638
SHAMROCK STINE PRODUCTIONS LLC
FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN
July 6, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tammy Williams
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FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN
HOLDS “DELAWARE PREMIERE” IN WILMINGTON JULY 28TH
Documentary Looks At Lack of Two-Party System in Urban America
Trenton, NJ –Shamrock Stine Productions, LLC has announced that its first documentary feature film,
FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN will have its “Delaware Premiere” at Theatre N at the Nemours Building, 11th & Tatnall Streets in downtown Wilmington DE. This Premiere screening will be on Thursday, July 28th at 7 PM and is the first of three screenings at Theatre N. There will also be two follow-up screenings on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st, both at 11 AM. Tickets are $11.00 and can be bought in advance at www.fearofablackrepublican.com or at the door. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow each film screening. Director Kevin J. Williams said, “Wilmington and our hometown Trenton NJ are almost “sister cities” in having very similar demographics and history. We could think of no better city than Wilmington in which to stage our first full series of screenings. The Q&A discussions after our film screenings should be quite interesting for us and the audiences. I just wish Trenton had a great independent theatre like Theatre N for events like this.”
Filmed and edited over a six year period, FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN examines why there are so few Black Republicans and how this affects the U.S. political system. From the Civil War to FDR, the GOP was the party for African-Americans, but today, barely 10% of African Americans consider themselves to be Republican and Urban areas are no longer considered competitive parts of America’s electoral map. Beginning in his hometown of Trenton, NJ, filmmaker Kevin Williams speaks with BOTH Democrats and Republicans while journeying over four years and two Presidential Elections to find out if the Two-Party Political System is failing his city and the country. In taking a self-critical look at his own Republican Party and speaking with BOTH Democrats and Republicans, Williams explores the GOP’s efforts in urban areas versus the suburbs, the Democratic Party’s success in retaining the African-American vote and the experiences of Black Republicans with Democrats and their own Party. The result is a moving film which reveals a world that audiences won’t likely forget.
During this journey, Williams speaks with scholars such as Professor Cornel West, Professor Howard Taylor; political leaders like former Maryland Lieutenant Governor and Republican Party Chairman, Michael Steele and previous RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman; former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman; Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Jim Gilmore and John McCain; Conservative thinkers such as Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist and Ann Coulter; and Commentators Tavis Smiley and Michelle Malkin, amongst others. Also interviewed is the first and last Black Republican Senator popularly elected since Reconstruction, former Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts.
Williams states, “Before I started shooting, I was just a voter wondering why things weren’t getting better after each election. Picking up my camera changed everything for me. My intention with this film is to find out if our political system supports the decaying of Urban America, what that means and what if anything can be done about it. Journeying across the country and spending time with an important, but misunderstood segment of our society – Black Republicans, revealed a reality and an experience few will ever see. As race, politics, human nature and history all clash in this film, I know that as the Director, I am only opening the book on this subject matter and its implications for America.”
To learn more about the film or view the film’s trailer, please go to www.fearofablackrepublican.com.
Production Dates & Details:
October, 2004 – February, 2008: Principal Photography.
Shooting locations include: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; De Kalb County, GA; Gwinnett County, GA; Hamilton Township, NJ; Morrisville, PA; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA;
Princeton, NJ; Trenton, NJ; Washington, DC; and points in between.
Post-Production completed: February, 2011.
Written, Directed and Edited by Kevin J. Williams
Produced by Tamara E. Williams and Kevin J. Williams
Cinematography by Jeffrey Metzner and Kevin J. Williams
Camera by Jamaal Green and Tamara E. Williams
Gaffers: Sam Wells and Jamaal Green
Additional Camera: Phil McCauliffe and Marc Skinner
APPROX. 111 MINS Printed in U.S.A. 4:3 aspect ratio
THIS FILM HAS NOT BEEN RATED
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