According to The Hollywood Reporter, ThinkFilm said Wednesday that it will distribute Keith Beauchamp's passion project The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till. The film centers on the revelations uncovered by Beauchamp in relation to the 1955 Mississippi murder of Emmett Louis Till, a black teenager who was tortured, beaten and thrown into the Tallahatchie River for allegedly whistling at a white woman in public.
ThinkFilm will open the film Aug. 17 at New York's Film Forum, followed by additional screenings nationwide to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Till's murder. 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.