Wolf Call

WOLF CALL (14 BEST FILM Awards), is the true Emmett Till story crafted from public record that became a lightning rod for moral outrage pivotal in inspiring a whole generation to commit to social change in the 1950s. 'His death was a spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America,' Ed Bradley, Emmy Award-winning journalist.

It is 1956. Previous year, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago had gone missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy's mutilated body was found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine sits down with the two men acquitted for the boy's murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now...

  • Rob Underhill
    Director
  • Mike Wiley
    Writer
  • Rob Underhill
    Writer
  • Rob Underhill
    Producer
  • Mike Wiley
    Producer
  • Aravind Ragupathi
    Producer
  • Mike Wiley
    Key Cast
    All 3 Roles
  • Larry Gardner
    Editors
  • Aravind Ragupathi
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Civil Rights, Social Problems, History, African American
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 20, 2010
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Canon 5d mark ii
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • On the Reel Film Festival
    City of Douglasville, Georgia
    November 2, 2013
    BEST IN SHOW
  • Fallbrook International Film Festival
    Fallbrook, California
    April 13, 2013
    JUDGES CHOICE AWARD
  • Hollywood Black Film Festival
    Hollywood, California
    October 29, 2011
    BEST SHORT FILM
  • Gasparilla International Film Festival
    Tampa, Florida
    March 24, 2012
    BEST SHORT FILM
  • Southern Appalachian International Film Festival
    Kingsport, Tennessee
    November 3, 2012
    BEST OF THE FEST, BEST STORY & BEST DRAMA
  • Lancaster Area Film Festival
    Lititz, Pennsylvania
    June 2, 2012
    BEST OF THE FEST
  • Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival
    Houston, Texas
    October 6, 2012
    BEST HISTORICAL SHORT FILM
  • Peachtree Village International Film Festival
    Atlanta, Georgia
    August 4, 2012
    BEST SHORT FILM
  • Short. Sweet. Film Fest
    Mentor, Ohio
    June 2, 2012
    BEST OF THE FEST
  • Light Factory's Filmmakers' Showcase
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    June 2, 2012
    BEST FILM
  • Appalachian Film Festival
    Huntington, West Virginia
    February 4, 2012
    BEST SHORT FILM
  • Clare Valley Film Festival
    Blyth, SA, Australia
    March 3, 2012
    BEST INT'L SHORT FILM-Runner Up
  • North Carolina Black Film Festival
    Wilmington, North Carolina
    March 5, 2011
    BEST SHORT SUBJECT
  • Black International Cinema, Berlin
    Berlin, Germany
    May 7, 2011
    BEST SHORT FILM
  • Beaufort International Film Festival
    Tallahassee, South Carolina
    February 2, 2013
    BEST ACTOR
  • Offshoot Film Festival
    Lowell, Arizona
    October 6, 2012
    BEST ACTOR
  • NW Ohio Independent Film Festival
    Lima, Ohio
    September 1, 2012
    BEST ACTOR
  • Magnolia Independent Film Festival
    Starkville, Mississippi
    February 5, 2011
    BEST WRITTEN FILM
  • Twin Rivers Media Festival
    Asheville, North Carolina
    May 7, 2011
    AUDIENCE CHOICE
  • Carrboro Film Festival
    Carrboro, North Carolina
    November 20, 2010
    BEST ACTOR & AUDIENCE CHOICE
  • 9th Hamilton Film Festival
    Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA
    November 8, 2014
  • Real Film Festival
    Thornton, Australia
    November 8, 2014
  • 11th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
    Norcross, Georgia
    October 14, 2012
    BEST SHORT FILM 3rd Place
Director Biography - Rob Underhill

ROB UNDERHILL is a film and TV director, producer, writer and editor. His films have been in competition at over 200 film festivals worldwide, including ST. LOUIS and SEATTLE (both *Academy Award-qualifying* film festivals), OAXACA (Mexico), SUNSCREEN (Academy-sponsored) and CANNES (France), have received over 100 awards including for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and have scored rave reviews from top film critics like Mark Bell of FILM THREAT and Anne Brodie in CRITICIZE THIS! Featured on the National Public Radio shows, THE STATE OF THINGS with Frank Stasio and THE STORY with Dick Gordon, Rob’s work is regularly subject in newspapers, radio, TV-news and more. His work has received endorsements from major public figures such as US UN Ambassador Andrew Young, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and former North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue. Carolina STYLE Magazine recognized Rob as one of 25 "Most Stylish People" influencing positive change in the Carolinas through his films. He is a RAWards Indie Art Award recipient for Best Regional Filmmaker. He was the featured Speaker at the 2015 graduation commencement exercises for the Department of English at North Carolina State University. His work has aired on the ASPiRE network and other national US and European TV outlets. Visit his website at www.RobUnderhill.com; *like* his Facebook for regular updates at www.facebook.com/RobUnderhillProductions.

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Director Statement

Consider the following statement: "[Emmett Till's] death was a spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America." -Ed Bradley, Emmy Award-winning journalist. I should have grown up knowing this story. Yet, I did not. My friends did not. In fact I had to inquire all over to find anyone familiar with this key incident in American history. This is why I have devoted years to develop engaging films that others may share and learn from, films that tell this essential American Civil Rights story. This film is a powerful and universal lesson on the dangers of sustained racial hatred. And, as exemplified by recent riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and an unyielding national media craze proceeding the tragic death of Mike Brown, we see the cycle of misunderstanding that doomed Emmett Till in 1955 repeating; this is a lesson that needs retelling not just today, but with each new generation. This film is a tool to facilitate communication, foster understanding, and catalyst healing and harmony in our communities.