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ROCK HILL

THE HISTORY

This multi-award winning documentary tells the story of one of the most significant, but not well-known moments, of the civil rights movement. The Friendship 9 stage a sit-in in Rock Hill, SC. They introduce and test the "Jail No Bail" strategy that invigorates the movement and is the pre-cursor to the Freedom Rides. 

After gathering interviews and documents from 5 of the original participants in the sit-in, the director/producer team of Fr3deR1cK and Ellen Barnard knew they had stumbled onto a great story that needed to be told to a wider audience.

 

The film aired on television as part of PBS's REEL SOUTH nationally distributed series and on Magic Johnson's Aspire Network's ABFF series. The longer format 30 minute and 60 minute versions have played in over 25 film festivals, been awarded numerous accolades and a distribution deal for digital outlets. 

Tomorrow Pictures began this project with a grant form the University of Mississippi's Southern Foodways Alliance and presented an 8-minute short film as part of filmmaker Kate Medley's Counter Histories 5 part series honoring the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Awards & Nominations:
  • Official Selection New Media Film Festival 2015 Los Angeles

  • 2015 Official Selection GCUFF Foundation

  • Official Selection Hollyshorts Film Festival 2015

  • Silver Award Winner Spotlight Short Film Awards 2015

  • Taos Shortz Film Fest Official Selection 2016

  • Official Selection Tribute Film Festival 2016

  • Official SelectionCollege Town Film Festival 2016

  • 2016 Official Selection Maryland International Film Festival Hagerstown

  • Official Selection Firstglance Film Festival Los Angeles 2016

  • Official Selection West Chester Film Festival 2016

  • Official Selection Cayfilm Cayman International Filmfestival

  • Southern Shorts Awards Winner

  • Official Selection Awareness Festival 2016

  • Official Selection Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston

  • Official Selection Africa World Documentary Film Festival 2018

  • Official Selection Angeles Documentaries 2018

  • Official Selection Berlin Motion Picture Festival 2017

  • Official Selection Best Shorts Competition 2017

  • Official Selection Long Beach Indie International Film, Media and Music Festival 2018

  • Official Selection Miami Independent Film Festival 2018

  • Official Selection Ocean City Film Festival 2018

  • Reading FilmFest 2018

  • Official Selection San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2018

  • Official Selection The IndieFest Film Awards 2018

  • Official Selection The Wayward Festival 2018

  • Official Selection Twin Rivers Media Festival 2018

  • Official Selection Urban Mediamakers Festival (UMF) 2018

  • Official Selection Virgin Spring Cinefest 2017 

  • Official Selection Global Peace Peace Film Festival 2018

  • Official Selection The International Gullah Film Festival 2018

  • Official Selection Culture and Diversity Film Festival 2018

PRESS KIT LINK: 

THE FRIENDSHIP 9

CLARENCE GRAHAM​

W.T. "DUB" MASSEY

MACK WORKMAN

WILLIE MCCLEOD

THOMAS GAITHER

ROBERT MCCULLOUGH

JAMES WELLS

JOHN GAINES

DAVID WILLIAMSON JR. 

This is a documentary that should be screened at every school in the nation.