The film will give a historical and present day look at the massacre from the perspective of its African American victims and feature interviews from historians, researchers, activists, authors and victims’ direct descendants.
The Wilmington Massacre of 1898, often cited as a riot, was an actual bloody attack on the African American community by a heavily armed white mob that had the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party. It is considered one of the only successful examples of a violent overthrow of an existing government and left countless numbers of African Americans dead and exiled from the city.
“With the importance of this story needing to be told, we felt there was no better time than now to capitalize on the popularity of crowd funding by launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the completion of the project,” said said producer/director Christopher Everett. “No one has ever done a documentary on this subject the way that we have done it. People are excited about this film and can’t wait to see it but that’s why we need everyone to become a backer so we can complete the film and bring it to life.”
The campaign started on Dec. 2 and will run for 30 days. Speller Street Films hopes to raise $16,000. The money will be used to complete editing, graphics, color grading, sound mixing and archival material fees.
To donate, go to http://kickstarter.com/projects/114940453/wilmington-on-fire.