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Hammer and Nails

In the spring of 1965, after the riot at the Edmund Pettis bridge in Selma, Jonathan Daniels answered Doctor Martin Luther King's call for seminarians from all religions to march with him in Selma. Unlike most, he did not go home afterward. He stayed and tried to find a way to change the world. His work brought him together with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Stokely Carmicheal. They formed a rare bond until Jon's life was ended after six nights in jail. That brief friendship was an important one to Stokely and the loss of his friend left a hole that was difficult to fill.

Thirty years later, Stokely came to New Hampshire to talk about Jonathan and talk about that friendship and the legacy of Jonathan Daniels.

  • Lowell Williams
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    Drama, Historical
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    United States
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  • New York International Film Awards
    New York
    July 6, 2021
  • Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards
    Santa Barbara
    May 14, 2022
    Honorable Mention
  • Political Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    August 10, 2022
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Rhode Island
    July 29, 2022
Writer Biography - Lowell Williams

I have been an actor, writer and director, mostly for the stage but occasionally on short films. I love plays and movies with powerful themes, and the occasional sci-fi as long as it's Star Trek. I am a little bit of a fan boy when it comes to David Mamet and Alan Ayckbourn, who could not be more different. Historical plays based on "true stories" are also a passion, which accounts for this screenplay about Jonathan Daniels.

My "day job" is running Perseverance Productions, where we bring out a national tour of "A Christmas Carol," all over the U.S. Come see us.

I am an associate member of the Dramatists Guild and still hope for a Broadway show because I am a dreamer of things unlikely. I got an M.F.A. from Goddard where David Mamet taught but that is a total coincidence. Honestly.

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Writer Statement

Jonathan was a real guy who put his own life aside in service of others. His story is significant and powerful and as relevant today as it was in 1965