*****4.5/5 STARS. "A TRIUMPH ...an exceptional film with multiple, powerful performances by Mike Wiley," – Mark Bell, FILM THREAT (full review at http://www.filmthreat.com/reviews/68198)
****4/5 STARS. “It’s absolutely amazing.” –Anne Brodie, CRITICIZE THIS!
BEST FILM AWARDS (15):
-BEST FEATURE FILM, 9th Peachtree Village Int'l Film Fest
-BEST ALT. FEATURE, 12th Garden State Film Fest
-BEST FEATURE, Carmarthen Bay Film Fest
-GRAND PRIX, NW Ohio Ind't Film Fest
-BEST FILM, Phenom Film Fest
-BEST FEATURE, JURY AWARD, 12th Hollywood Black Film Fest
-BEST FILM, 27th Black International Cinema Berlin, GERMANY
-BEST FEATURE FILM, 14th San Francisco Black Film Fest
-BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, 38th Newark Black Film Fest
-BEST FEATURE FILM, Charlotte Black Film Fest
-BEST FILM, 11th North Carolina Black Film Festival
-BEST OVERALL DRAMA, 7th New Bern Ind. Film Fest
-BEST FEATURE Runner-Up, Brantford Film Fes
-BEST FEATURE 2nd Place, Bayou City Inspirational Film Fest
-BEST FEATURE 3rd Place, 9th Tupelo Film Fest
OTHER AWARDS / HONORS (19):
-MADA AWARD, 8th COMMFFEST
-BEST DIRECTOR & ACTOR, NW Ohio Ind't Film Fest
-BEST ACTOR, AUDIENCE CHOICE & OPENING SELECTION, Phenom Film
-BEST ACTOR, 8th Harlem International Film Fest
-BEST ACTOR, Gwinnett Ctr Int'l Film Fest
-AWARD for ORIGINALITY, Julien Dubuque Int'l Film Fest
-BEST EDITING & BEST ACTOR, 13th Real to Reel Film Fest
-BEST ACTOR & OPENING SELECTION, 11th NC Black Film Fest
-JUDGE'S AWARD for CREATIVE VISION, 9th Secret City Film Fest
-OPENING SELECTION, YES Film Fest
-OPENING SELECTION, NC Family Film Fest
-OPENING SELECTION, Jaxon Film Fest
-OPENING SELECTION, Underexposed Film Fest
-CENTERPIECE, Hidden Voices Annual benefit
-BEST SCREENPLAY, NWOIFF
-BEST DIRECTOR, Phenom Film Fest
-BEST FILM, DIRECTOR & SCREENPLAY, Gwinnett Ctr Int'l Film Fest
-BEST FILM & BEST DIRECTOR, Julien Dubuque Int'l Film Fest
-BEST CINEMATAGRAPHY, Hot Media International Film Fest
-BEST SCREENPLAY, 8th Beloit International Film Fest
-PRODUCER’S AWARD FINALIST, 10th Run&Shoot Filmwork’s Martha's Vineyard
Saatchi&Saatchi "Nothing Is Impossible" Competition
FEATURED OFFICIAL SELECTIONS (Other than listed above):
-8th Sunscreen (Academy sponsored), St. Petersburg, FL - May 2014
-Oaxaca FilmFest, Oaxaca, MEXICO - Sept 2013
-8th European Ind't Film Fest, Paris, FRANCE - Mar 2013
-Winter Film Awards, New York, NY - Mar 2013
-16th Urbanworld Film Fest, New York, NY
-20th Pan African Film Fest, Los Angeles, USA
In an acting tour de force, one man performs 36 roles in the telling of the Emmett Till tragedy. Experience the story, trial, and unbelievable confessions of those accused of Emmett's murder in this riveting drama.
"Thank you... [Dar He] chronicles an important and tragic event in the history of our country."
-NC Governor Beverly Perdue
"A masterful performance by Mike Wiley."
-20th Pan African Film Festival
"His uncanny ability to transform himself allows us to experience this piece of history in all its horror."
-Deirdre Haj, Exec. Director of Full Frame
"Brilliant... an inspiring film. "
-Tim Tyson, best selling author, Blood Done Sign My Name
Days after stepping off the train, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago goes missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy's mutilated body is found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine interviews the people of Money to get at the root of what happened. The two men acquitted for the boy's murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, agree to sit down to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now...
DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till, is the TRUE STORY crafted from the public record: a transfixing, true-dramatization of the historic interviews and events surrounding the murder that became a lightning rod for moral outrage and pivotal in inspiring a whole generation of young people to commit to social change in the 1950s. 'His death was a spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America,' Ed Bradley, Emmy Award-winning journalist.
The film was adapted from the play written and performed by Mike Wiley, Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till.
FEATURED TV NEWS FEATURES:
UNC-TV | Mar 22, 2012 | "Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till" | http://tiny.cc/t0esbw
WRAL-TV | Feb 16, 2012 | "Emmett Till movie filmed in NC" | http://tiny.cc/Zuuf2b
FEATURED RADIO INTERVIEWS:
North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC | THE STORY with DICK GORDON | “Emmett Till” |
Aired Apr 17, 2012 | http://tiny.cc/o9gxcw
North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC | THE STATE OF THINGS with FRANK STASIO | "Taking a Lesson from Emmett Till" | Mar 23, 2012 | http://tiny.cc/rqf3bw