By Jueseppi B.
Tribeca Film has acquired domestic rights to the documentary “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story,” and will release the movie on VOD during this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
The civil rights documentary rounds out the slate of films Tribeca will release during the festival. The others are “Death of a Superhero,” “The Giant Mechanical Man” and “Sleepless Night.”
“Booker’s Place” will be released on VOD on April 26, and have a theatrical release on April 25 in Los Angeles and April 27 in New York.
In 1965, filmmaker Frank De Felitta made a documentary film for NBC News about the changing times in the American South and the tensions of life in the Mississippi Delta during the civil rights struggle. The film was broadcast in May of 1966 and outraged many Southern viewers, in part, because it included an extraordinary scene featuring a local African-American waiter named Booker Wright. Wright, who worked at a local “whites only” restaurant in Greenwood MS, went on record to deliver a stunning, heartfelt and inflammatory monologue exploding the myth about who he was and how he felt about his position serving the local white community. The fallout for Booker Wright was extreme: He lost his job, and was beaten and ostracized by those that considered him “one of their own.” Forty-five years after Booker’s television appearance, Frank De Felitta’s son, director Raymond De Felitta…
Frank De Felitta’s son, Raymond De Felitta (“City Island,” “Two Family House”), made “Booker’s Place,” a story about past and current-day Mississippi and following Wright’s granddaughter.
Among the questions Raymond De Felitta asks is whether his father’s documentary played a part in Wright’s murder.
The film stars Hodding Carter III, Frank De Felitta, Yvette Johnson, Leroy Jones, Senator David Jordan, & Governor William Winter’. Directed by Raymond De Felitta. Running time is 1 hour & 30 minutes. Release date is Opens Apr 25, 2012.