DEATH OF INNOCENCE

By James MOLL

SHATTERGLASS STUDIOS - as PROD

Drama - Development 2015

The true story of the brutal murder of 15-year old Emmett Till and the courageous actions of his mother that led to the historic civil rights movement in America.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama, Social issues, Historical
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Director(s)
    • James MOLL
    • Writer(s)
    • Christopher BENSON
    • Producer(s)
    • Brett HAYS (SHATTERGLASS STUDIOS), Luke BOYCE (SHATTERGLASS STUDIOS), Chaz EBERT (Ebert Digital), Jen SHELBY (SHATTERGLASS FILMS), Christopher BENSON, Nate KOHN, Michell DAVIS, Angie GAFFNEY (Black Apple Media)
    • Synopsis
    • This is the story of American injustice – the brutal lynching of a 14-year old boy in 1955. As Emmett Till steps off the train from Chicago into the Mississippi Delta, we see how this self-assured Negro from the North with his oversized passion for life becomes a threat to social order – about to cross the line into no return. Emmett whistles at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman, setting into motion the enforcement of a Southern code to defend her honor. Terror builds as Emmett is kidnapped in the night, tortured, beaten and murdered – his mutilated corpse thrown into the river with a 75-pound gin fan tied to his neck, never to be seen again. Or so his killers thought. Three days later, his body rises and everything changes.

      The loss of her son causes a remarkable transformation in Mamie Till-Mobley from a modest middle class mother to a political activist. She famously demands Emmett’s body to be displayed in a glass casket, so everyone can see what was done to her son. We watch Mamie’s determination as she is abandoned by those she expect to come to her aid and ignored by a federal government more concerned with Communist influences on protestors than building a federal case against Emmett’s murderers. It’s a mother’s determination, but as Mamie said, “for an entire nation, the murder of Emmett Till marked the death of innocence.”

      And though Emmett’s murderers are ultimately acquitted, Emmett’s death sparks a revolution of protest and walk outs, and only three months later Rosa Parks takes her stand on an Alabama city bus. Years later Rosa says it was Emmett that was on her mind in that moment. This is the beginning of the struggle for justice in this country that will come to be known as the Civil Rights Movement. What unfolds here is a powerful human story of love, loss and redemption, and the story of a mother determined not to be held back. It is the story of how transformation is set in motion and how one person can – and did – make a profound difference to the world.
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