Los Angeles, CA, September 22, 2017 –(PR.com)– The 100-year-old story of the lynching of Frank Embree is brought to life by up and coming filmmaker Skinner Myers in an award winning short film. "Frank Embree" is screening at the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, CA September 22-28 at 12:30PM as part of ShortsTV's "Shorts From Around The World" theatrical release and will be eligible for Academy consideration in the live action short film category.
Over 10 years ago, Mr. Myers saw an old photograph of the last moments in the life of Frank Embree who remained strong even after receiving over 100 lashes. He felt a connection with the man in the photograph as well as a rush of emotions that stayed with him through Columbia University, Brooklyn College, and USC Film School. Over the years, he learned more of his story: Frank Embree was a black man accused of attacking a white woman (although there were no witnesses) and was overtaken by a mob while being moved to the courthouse for his trial. Mr. Myers pondered both the image, and the scrawl on the back of the photo (“We got one”) over the years, running through a gamut of emotions from anger, helplessness, frustration, sadness, and finally took it upon himself to do what he could do for this man from history: he memorialized him in film. A powerful story masterfully told by filmmaker Skinner Myers, this 8 minute film tells the story simply, beautifully, and artistically, and allows the audience to have their own emotional journey back in time. With the success of recent true story films such as 12 Years A Slave and Hidden Figures, this new short film, Frank Embree, brings yet another intriguing, albeit heartbreaking, tale to life. We are fortunate when the story is in the hands of a gifted storyteller like Mr. Myers and so when we venture into painful territory and we emerge stronger. Photographs of this lynching may have been the inspiration to the famous song Strange Fruit.
Filmmaker Skinner Myers’ other films include Chimera, The Last Supper, Obscured, and Nigger, La Tierra Del Exodo, as well as the feature documentary film Drinkign From The Well shot in Uganda that captures the real lives of Ugandan youth struggling to create a positive future in an environment that tests every ability to survive. Collectively they have earned dozens of awards at film festivals all over the world, including Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Short Film. He is currently in development on a handful of projects with his production company One Hand Clapping Pictures.
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