Posted on August 16, 2005

Emmett Till’s ‘Untold Story’ Coming to Theaters

Nicole Sperling, Reuters, Aug. 11

ThinkFilm, the indie distributor of acclaimed documentaries “Murderball” and “The Aristocrats,” said Wednesday it will release “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till,” which sheds new light on the 1955 murder of the black teenager.

The film will open Aug. 17 at New York’s Film Forum, followed by additional screenings nationwide.

Director Keith Beauchamp uncovered new information about the tragedy, in which Till was tortured, beaten and thrown into the Tallahatchie River for allegedly whistling at a white woman in public.

Beauchamp has reconstructed the case and, according to ThinkFilm, has found that responsibility for the murder extends beyond the two white men who were acquitted by an all-white jury. The film features testimony from Till’s mother and various eyewitnesses. Beauchamp’s 10-year effort led the Department of Justice to reopen the case in May 2004.