Announcement of film adaptation of Benson book garners attention at Cannes

Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Change America,” co-written by Associate Professor Chris Benson and the late Mamie Till-Mobley, tells the story of the life and death of Mrs. Mobley’s son, Emmett Till.  The Mississippi lynching of Till in 1955 has been considered the event that galvanized the Civil Rights Movement.  

Among other honors, the book, released in 2003, won a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition in 2004.

The movie adaptation is being produced by Shatterglass Films, located in Champaign, Illinois.   Executive producers include Chaz Ebert, the wife of the late Roger Ebert, and Nate Kohn, Festival Director of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.

Press coverage:
DEADLINE – MAY 15, 2015: “Emmett Till Feature Film In Works From Chaz Ebert & Shatterglass Films – Cannes” by Patrick Hipes[]

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – MAY 15, 2015: “Cannes: Emmett Till Movie in the Works from Chaz Ebert, Shatterglass” by Georg Szalai[]

VARIETY – MAY 15, 2015: “Cannes: Chaz Ebert Developing Emmett Till Movie” by Dave McNary[]

THE WRAP – MAY 15, 2015: “Roger Ebert’s Widow Chaz Ebert to Produce Emmett Till Biopic” by Joe Otterson[]

A.V. CLUB – MAY 15, 2015: “Chaz Ebert producing feature film about Emmett Till and his mother” by Caroline Siede[]

CELEBRITY CAFÉ – MAY 15, 2015: “Chaz Ebert producing Emmett Till biopic” by Daniel S Levine[]

EURWEB – MAY 15, 2015: “Roger Ebert’s Widow Chaz to Produce Emmett Till Biopic”[]

PASTE MAGAZINE – MAY 15, 2015: “Emmett Till Movie in the Works From Roger Ebert’s Widow, Chaz Ebert” by Turner Minton[]

THE URBAN DAILY – MAY 15, 2015: “Roger Ebert’s Widow Will Bring Emmett Till’s Story to the Big Screen” by Henry Mansell[]