August 11, 2005

Emmett Till’s ‘Untold Story’ coming to theaters

By Nicole Sperling

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - ThinkFilm, the indie
distributor of acclaimed documentaries "Murderball" and "The
Aristocrats," said Wednesday it will release "The Untold Story
of Emmett Louis Till," which sheds new light on the 1955 murder
of the black teenager.

The film will open Aug. 17 at New York's Film Forum,
followed by additional screenings nationwide.

Director Keith Beauchamp uncovered new information about
the tragedy, in which Till was tortured, beaten and thrown into
the Tallahatchie River for allegedly whistling at a white woman
in public.

Beauchamp has reconstructed the case and, according to
ThinkFilm, has found that responsibility for the murder extends
beyond the two white men who were acquitted by an all-white
jury. The film features testimony from Till's mother and
various eyewitnesses. Beauchamp's 10-year effort led the
Department of Justice to reopen the case in May 2004.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter