Screening of HBO Documentary King in the Wilderness with Executive Producer Trey Ellis

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

View the HBO documentary King in the Wilderness, which will be followed by a Q&A with executive producer and Westporter Trey Ellis, novelist, filmmaker, playwright, essayist and Associate Professor at Columbia University.

Directed by Peter Kunhardt (HBO’s Emmy®-winning Jim: The James Foley Story), King in the Wilderness chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. Drawing on conversations with those who knew him well, including many fellow members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King in the Wilderness reveals stirring new perspectives on Dr. King’s character, his radical doctrine of nonviolence and his internal philosophical struggles prior to his assassination in 1968. (2018, 1h 51m) Register online.

King in the Wilderness debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is a co-production of HBO and Kunhardt Films; directed by Peter Kunhardt; produced by George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt; executive produced by Peter Kunhardt, Taylor Branch and Trey Ellis; edited by Maya Mumma, A.C.E. and Steven J. Golliday; written by Chris Chuang; director of photography, Clair Popkin; music by Saul Simon MacWilliams; interviews by Taylor Branch and Trey Ellis. For HBO: executive producer, Jacqueline Glover.

Community partner: TEAM Westport

NOTE LOCATION: Bow Tie Ultimate Royale 6, 542 Westport Avenue

Trey Ellis is a novelist, filmmaker, playwright, essayist and an Associate Professor at Columbia University. Most recently he was an Executive Producer of the HBO documentary King in the Wilderness. He is the author of the novels, Platitudes, Home Repairs and the American Book Award-winning, Right Here, Right Now, as well as the memoir Bedtime Stories. His extensive work for the screen included the Peabody-winning and Emmy-nominated HBO film The Tuskegee Airmen. His works have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. His essays have appeared in the The New York Times, GQ, Playboy, Vanity Fair and His plays have been commissioned by the LIncoln Center Institute and have been performed around the country including Washington, D.C.'s historic Ford's Theater, the Pasadena Playhouse and the New Victory Theater in New York. He is currently co-directing a feature documentary on racial injustice for HBO.


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