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An American Sunset

A touching drama centered around the murder of Emmett Till.
5/5

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Written and directed by John Varkados, ‘An American Sunset’ is a short drama film which centres around the tragedy of 14-year-old Emmett Till. The narrative focuses on Emmett’s cousin and close friend, Wheeler Parker Jr – who was with him prior to his abduction and brutal execution. The film, which is beautifully crafted and produced, takes place in July 2002 – with a flashback to August 1955, specifically the day before the tragic event. A poignant drama that touches on friendship, racism, religion and loss.

Throughout the 7-minute film, Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr reflects on Emmett’s passing in the context of a religious sermon. Intertwined with the Parker’s reflections, the audience is taken back to a childhood conversation he had with Emmett – the day before he was kidnapped and subsequently murdered. The film acts as an educational introduction to the harrowing story of Till’s racially motivated execution.

John Varkados has crafted a poignant historical drama, which is regrettably based on true events. Palmer Williams III (DOP) delivers outstanding cinematography, which is coupled with high quality sound and post-production. The entire cast – J. J. Johnson, Chance Dollard and Chris Milton – portray the real life characters with an admirable level of authenticity and dignity.

The drama is certain to bring awareness and spark further interest in Emmett’s story, the Civil Rights Movement and the shameful history of violence against African-Americans. Highly recommended.

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An American Sunset

A touching drama centered around the murder of Emmett Till.
5/5

Review

Written and directed by John Varkados, ‘An American Sunset’ is a short drama film which centres around the tragedy of 14-year-old Emmett Till. The narrative focuses on Emmett’s cousin and close friend, Wheeler Parker Jr – who was with him prior to his abduction and brutal execution. The film, which is beautifully crafted and produced, takes place in July 2002 – with a flashback to August 1955, specifically the day before the tragic event. A poignant drama that touches on friendship, racism, religion and loss.

Throughout the 7-minute film, Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr reflects on Emmett’s passing in the context of a religious sermon. Intertwined with the Parker’s reflections, the audience is taken back to a childhood conversation he had with Emmett – the day before he was kidnapped and subsequently murdered. The film acts as an educational introduction to the harrowing story of Till’s racially motivated execution.

John Varkados has crafted a poignant historical drama, which is regrettably based on true events. Palmer Williams III (DOP) delivers outstanding cinematography, which is coupled with high quality sound and post-production. The entire cast – J. J. Johnson, Chance Dollard and Chris Milton – portray the real life characters with an admirable level of authenticity and dignity.

The drama is certain to bring awareness and spark further interest in Emmett’s story, the Civil Rights Movement and the shameful history of violence against African-Americans. Highly recommended.

An American Sunset Short Film Emmett Till

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