Director Christopher Everett’s documentary “Wilmington on Fire” continues its film festival journey throughout 2017, and for those eager to watch it immediately, you can also view it on DVD or Vimeo right now.
“Wilmington on Fire” is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the Wilmington Massacre of 1898. The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is considered one of the very few examples of a violent overthrow of an existing government and left countless numbers of African-Americans dead and exiled from the city. This event was the springboard for the White Supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout the state of North Carolina and the American South. The film features Dr. Umar Johnson, Larry Reni Thomas, Dr. Lewin Manly, Faye Chaplin, Inez Eason, William Darity Jr., LeRae Umfleet, Kent Chatfield, Queen Quet, Sonya Patrick, and Daawud Muhammad.
To make the DVD and Vimeo viewing even more appealing, Everett’s Speller Street Films has announced that during this Black History Month, you will get 30% off your HD Digital Stream of "Wilmington on Fire" on Vimeo On Demand and the DVD is available for only $19.99, only for February. For Vimeo, use promo code: BLKWOF and for the DVD click here.
You can also receive a free download of the film's promo soundtrack by texting Speller Street Films at 910-378-4357.
"Wilmington on Fire" also makes its West Coast debut at the historic 25th Annual Pan African Film Festival next Monday, February 13 at 6:05 pm and Wednesday, February 15 at 1:10pm, both at Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza; tickets are available via PAFF’s website.
Here is also a list of where you can see the film for free in your hometown during Black History Month:
Feb. 9th - Greensboro, North Carolina
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG): 5:30pm – 8:30pm at
Elliot University Center – Auditorium, 507 Stirling St., Greensboro, NC 27412.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Feb 11th - Detroit, Michigan
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: 2/11, 4pm – 6pm at
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit,
Michigan 48201. Admission is free and open to the public.
Feb. 16th - Savannah, Georgia
Savannah Black Heritage Festival: 11am at Savannah State University in the Mary Clay Torian Auditorium (Howard Jordan Building) and 6:30pm at Armstrong State University at Solms Hall in Room 110. Admission is free and open to the public.
Feb. 22nd - Pembroke, North Carolina
University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP): 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Moore Hall Auditorium on the campus of UNCP, 1 University Drive, Pembroke, NC 28372. Admission is free and open to the public.