“The Education of a Negro” will premiere today (Oct. 21) at the Showplace Icon Theater in St. Louis Park and screen again on Nov. 2 at the St. Anthony Main Theater, Minneapolis.
Set against the backdrop of the fictional Twin Cities Police Department, the film explores the depths a young couple will go to in order to get justice for a murdered loved one, and the terrifying lengths the white supremacists killers will take to cover it up. “The Education of a Negro” was written and directed by Minneapolis North High graduate Ryan Culver, who began penning the screenplay the day after the Philando Castile murder trial ended.
“(Jon) Tevlin’s Strib (Star-Tribune) article about the ‘fault of circumstances’ was the exact type of media-rationalizing that was used for 150 years to normalize race violence against blacks. I wanted to counter,” said Culver.
“The Education of a Negro” is big and bold in both talent and scope. Shot in Los Angeles over 22 days, it includes 50 actors and has already been accepted into several film festivals including The Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF). Both the TCFF premiere and St. Anthony screenings will include a question and answer with the director at the conclusion of the film.