The newly created MTV Documentary Films, headed by documentary legend Sheila Nevins, held a special double feature screening of “St. Louis Superman” and “Gay Chorus Deep South” to celebrate its launch. We caught up with the directors and star of “St. Louis Superman” by the red carpet at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater on Thursday evening.
On October 21st, the Knockturnal was able to cover the critically – acclaimed play production entitled “Ferguson,” brought to life by the Theatre Verité Collective. This production dramatically reimagines the grand jury testimony and surrounding first – hand accounts revolving around the 2014 tragic death of 18-year old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri. On August 9th, 2014, Missouri Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown allegedly with intent for self – defense This staged version of the grand jury through the eyes of writer Phelim McAleer, a notable UK film director, prides itself in incisively modeling the explicit, unadulterated account of the case’s actual grand jury trial without the external filters of media or broadcast news. Just absolute candor and objectivity. Members of the cast played their roles with impervious conviction, inciting an unyielding sense of resonation and sympathy among viewers that stick. Some of the most salient, yet powerful performances of the production include Dorian Johnson, Brown’s good friend who was present at the time of the shooting (Cedric Benjamin), Mark Williams, another good friend of Brown’s who provided his first – hand account of the shooting (Chaundre Hall – Broomfield) and the infamous shooter of Michael Brown, Darren Wilson. (Ian Campbell Dunn) Their talents help to enliven the stage show and enhance the overall experience. Albeit this play broadcast the prowess of many tremendous actors and actresses, McAleer’s interpretation has been confronted with widespread scrutiny for multiple years. Dubbed as being overtly sympathetic to Darren Wilson, casting him as an undeserving victim of criminal punishment for his actions and arguably even as the protagonist of this story, many actors and production groups denounced any involvement with the play. However, after many years of struggle, the play has been able to gain traction with the “Theatre Verite Collective” company in NYC. Precisely aligned with McAleer’s vision, the production group “is dedicated to telling the truth through art. No matter who it offends.” For anyone interested in seeing an incredible cast, akin to, gaining a more objective scope on the misfortune of Michael Brown and ensuing injustices that follow, this play is definitely suitable.
“That Justice is a blind goddess. Is a thing to which we black are wise. Her bandage hides two festering sores. That once perhaps were eyes…”
“Whose Streets”, follows the gripping tale of Ferguson residents following the tragic shooting of Mike brown. Following a well-received early screening of the film, Directors Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis sat down with a small select crowd at the Tumblr Headquarters to share what went into the creative-behind-the scenes- process of making a groundbreaking documentary. Catch the sit down below:
Shots were fired at a Ferguson protest, which was organized to commemorate the second anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.