Award Winning Film "Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till" to Screen at Winter Film Awards 2013 Independent Film Festival

New York, NY, February 15, 2013 --( In an acting tour de force, one man performs 36 roles in the telling of the Emmett Till tragedy. Experience the story, trial, and unbelievable confessions of those accused of Emmett's murder in this riveting drama. DAR HE will be screened at the 2013 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival on Friday, March 1st in the 2pm-5pm Screening Block at the Hotel Pennsylvania Globetrotter Ballroom, 401 Seventh Avenue, New York City

Days after stepping off the train, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago goes missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy's mutilated body is found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine interviews the people of Money to get at the root of what happened. The two men acquitted for the boy's murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, also agree to sit down to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now...

The film was adapted from the popular one-man play written and performed by Mike Wiley, similarly titled, Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till. Dar He is an essential civil rights story crafted from public record; it transports us back to this historic drama that became a lightning rod for moral outrage and pivotal in inspiring a whole generation of people to commit to social change in the 1950s.

About The Producers ...
Dar He is brought to you by the makers of two short films based on the Emmett Till story: “Empty Space” (2009) and “Wolf Call” (2010), winners of 24 festival awards, 10 nominations, dozens of official selections. The international success of these two films helped inspire the making of Dar He.

Mike Wiley stars, winner of numerous Best Actor Awards from 2009 to 2011 for his performances in both films, “Empty Space” and “Wolf Call,” including Best Actor at the 25th Black International Cinema Berlin.

"Thank you... [Dar He] chronicles an important and tragic event in the history of our country." -– NC Governor Beverly Perdue

“A masterful performance by Mike Wiley.” -– 20th Pan African Film Festival

Mike's "uncanny ability to transform himself allows us to experience this piece of history in all its horror.” -– Deirdre Haj, Exec Dir of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

"Brilliant... an inspiring film." -– Tim Tyson, best selling author, Blood Done Sign My Name

Awards for Dar He
* Best Feature, Jury Award, 12th Hollywood Black Film Festival
* Best Film, 27th Black International Cinema Berlin
* Best Feature Film, 14th San Francisco Black Film Festival
* Best Experimental Film, 38th Newark Black Film Festival
* Best Feature Film, 2nd Charlotte Black Film Festival
* Best Film, 11th North Carolina Black Film Festival
* Best Overall Drama, 7th New Bern Independent Film Festival
* Best Editing & Best Actor, 13th Real to Reel Film Festival
* Best Actor, 11th North Carolina Black Film Festival
* Best Feature 3rd Place, 9th Tupelo Film Festival
* Judge's Award for Creative Vision, 9th Secret City Film Festival

The 2nd Annual Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival kicks off Thursday, Feb 28 with 3 days of screenings and after-parties. The event offers something for everyone, highlighting the dynamic range of storytelling the independent filmmaking community has to offer. Among the 58 films selected is a diverse mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, music videos and horror films from all over the world.

Winter Film Awards screenings will be held Thursday, February 28 – Saturday, March 2 at the Hotel Pennsylvania's Globetrotter Ballroom (401 7th Ave New York, NY 10001) in three screening blocks – 11am-2pm, 2pm-5pm and 5pm-8pm. The televised Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday March 2 at 9pm. WFA will host after-parties each night following the screenings – please check website for venues. Visit for tickets, schedules, sponsors and details.

Winter Film Awards' mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema by nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them get recognition and contacts to break into a tough industry. They celebrate the crazy cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective. WFA prides themselves on their diverse collection of films and filmmakers, allowing the audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn't think to seek out. In addition to the festival, WFA hosts 4-6 events each year in NYC, including panel discussions, networking parties, a 48-Hour Film Challenge and other fun film-related events. Winter Film Awards is a registered New York State 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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