Chinonye Chukwu’s Until will receive the Stanley Kramer Award during the 2023 Producers Guild Awards.
The United Artists and Orion Pictures film will be presented with the annual honor on February 25, 2023 at The Beverly Hilton, the guild announced Monday.
“This team fought for years to see the story of Mamie Till-Mobley told on the big screen, revering her legacy and the enduring love she had for her son, Emmett,” said PGA Presidents Stephanie Allain and Donald De Line. , it’s a statement. “We are honored and excited to award this award to a film that compassionately portrays the events and mother-son bond that sparked the Civil Rights Movement. Until It inspires us all to work to make Mamie’s purpose come true, justice for her son Emmett and all those who have been harmed by hate and prejudice.”
The film centers on Mamie Till-Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy who was kidnapped, tortured, and killed by white men in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. Her death and Till-Mobley’s tireless pursuit of justice for her son galvanized the American Civil Rights Movement. Danielle Deadwyler stars as Till-Mobley in the biopic written by Michael Reilly, Keith Beauchamp and Chukwu. Producers include Beauchamp, Barbara Broccoli, Whoopi Goldberg, Thomas Levine, Michael Reilly, and Fredrick Zollo.
“We are very grateful to the Producers Guild for honoring our film. Until with this prestigious award, as Stanley Kramer was a visionary filmmaker whose films and life inspired us all,” producers Beauchamp, Broccoli, Goldberg, Levine, Reilly and Zollo said in a joint statement. “Our film honors the legacy of Mamie Till-Mobley and hers and her son Emmett, and all who came before and after them who fight for justice here in the United States and around the world.”
Until is based on research by documentary filmmaker Beauchamp, who was in a relationship with Till-Mobley and Emmett’s cousin Simeon Wright, an eyewitness to the kidnapping and consultant on the film before his death in 2017. His work ultimately helped make the US Department of Justice to reopen the Emmett murder case in 2004.
The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 and honors a production, producer, or other individual whose achievements or contributions illuminate and increase public awareness of important social issues. Past recipients include Rita Moreno, Jane Fonda, Salt, Loving, Fruitvale Station, The Normal Heart, Bombshell, The Hunting Ground, An Inconvenient Truth Y hotels in Rwanda.
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