FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN
PREMIERES IN NATION’S CAPITAL – MARCH 22 & 23 Documentary Looks At Lack of Two-Party System in Urban America Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele Set for Q&A
Trenton, NJ –Shamrock Stine Productions, LLC has announced that its first documentary feature film, FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN will have its “Washington DC Premiere” on Thursday, March 22nd, at 7 PM (Sharp) at the Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW in Washington DC. The Landmark E Street Cinema’s entrance is on E St. between 10th and 11th Streets). A Q&A with former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, the film’s Director Kevin J. Williams and Producer Tamara E. Williams will follow the Screening. Tickets for the Screening/Q&A are $20.00 in advance at the theatre or via the film’s website, http://www.fearofablackrepublican.com. Audience members are advised to arrive early and take the Metro to the Metro Center stop or get validated parking at the adjacent garage (on 11th St. between E & F Sts.). There will be an additional Screening and Filmmaker Q&A at 11 AM on Friday, March 23rd (Tickets: $11). The trailers for FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN can be viewed on the film’s website and on YouTube.
Director Kevin J. Williams said, “Our experiences in Trenton were the impetus and inspiration for starting this film. We cannot be happier about finally premiering it in our nation’s capital. It will truly be a celebration of our six plus years making this film and now being able to show it in a city that played such a role in our making it. We are deeply honored to have one of film’s main participants and native Washingtonian, Michael Steele, join us at the screening. We expect to draw people from both sides of the aisle to our Screenings/Q&As. With the 2012 Presidential Election heating up, it should be a very interesting and fun night.” FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN makes its “Washington, DC Premiere” after screening in Atlanta GA (World Premiere), Charlotte and Greensboro NC, Wilmington DE, Kansas City MO, Buffalo and Rochester NY, Trenton NJ and Portland OR.
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 the Great Depression, the GOP was the Party for many 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, 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 Princeton University Professors Cornel West and 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 http://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
Previous Screenings: Atlanta GA – World Premiere; Charlotte NC; Greensboro NC; Wilmington DE; Kansas City Urban Film Festival – Kansas City MO; Buffalo NY; Rochester NY; Trenton NJ;
Upcoming Screenings: Washington DC (March 22nd-23rd)
APPROX. 111 MINS Printed in U.S.A. 4:3 aspect ratio THIS FILM HAS NOT BEEN RATED