Trenton, NJ –Shamrock Stine Productions, LLC has announced that its first documentary feature film,
FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN will have its “World Premiere” on Thursday, June 23rd at 7 PM at the Landmark Theater, Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive in Atlanta, GA and have its “North Carolina Premiere” on Sunday, June 26th at 10 AM at the Carousel Cinemas at 1305 Battleground Avenue in Greensboro, NC. Tickets can be bought in advance at www.fearofablackrepublican.com/screenings or at the door. A Q&A with the filmmakers and some of the film’s subjects will follow the film.
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 FDR, the GOP was the party for African-Americans. 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 and speaking with BOTH Democrats and Republicans, 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 Professor Cornel West, Professor 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 films trailer, please go to 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.
Main Credits: 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
Printed in U.S.A. 4:3 aspect ratio
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