(San Francisco - March 6, 2012) — Director Marco Ricci’s The Reconstruction of Asa Carter, a documentary film about bestselling Native American author Forrest Carter, will have its broadcast premiere on public television beginning April 1, 2012 (check local listings). Forrest Carter, bestselling author of The Outlaw Josey Wales, was an exalted Cherokee hero of New Age wisdom. As a leader in the Native American cultural revival of the 1970s, Forrest's autobiography, The Education of Little Tree, touched millions of readers with it's gentle and earthy tales of Indian life. Twelve years after his death, however, the public learned that Forrest had a hidden past. Forrest Carter was actually Asa “Ace” Carter, violent Ku Klux Klansman and Alabama governor George Wallace's principal speechwriter; author of the infamous 1963 inaugural address, “Segregation Now! Segregation Tomorrow! Segregation Forever!”
Interweaving historical footage, reenactments, and interviews, the film follows Carter’s incredible journey from the hills of Northeast Alabama to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Among those interviewed are noted journalists Howell Raines (Pulitzer Prize winner, former editor-in-chief, The New York Times), Wayne Greenhaw (Montgomery Advertiser), Diane McWhorter (Pulitzer Prize winner, Carry Me Home), and Dan Carter (The Politics of Rage).
About the Filmmakers
Marco Ricci (Director) is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he received the Kodak Gold Award and the Sony Production Award for his thesis film Chicago Minutes. His first short film, Pishadoo, was well received on the festival circuit and was purchased by Canal Plus Europe, Sundance Channel, Atom Films, and United Airlines. Ricci’s short film, Hyper, was chosen for the Centerpiece of the New York Film Festival, where it opened for P.T. Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love. It was honored as the Best Short Short at the prestigious Aspen Shortsfest and was screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, among others. Hyper has been seen on Atom Films, RAI Television, and the Independent Film Channel. His first feature, The Wedding Bros., made its world premiere at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. The film, a comedy about two adversarial brothers who set out to make it big with the King of Long Island Wedding Videos, is being distributed by Universal Pictures/ScreenMedia. His hobbies include knitting and bow hunting.
Douglas Newman (Producer), a magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, spent five years as a producer at ABC News Productions in New York where he worked on documentaries for the Discovery Channel, the A&E Network, the History Channel, and The Learning Channel. Among his most recognized achievements were programs on the Human Genome Project, Alan Greenspan, and the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Since 2006, he has been the director of creative programming at Mouth Watering Media, overseeing the development and production of nonfiction film projects, including The Reconstruction of Asa Carter and Cai Guo-Qiang “Odyssey,” a short film that documented the creation of the acclaimed international artist’s large scale gunpowder drawing, commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Current projects include collaborations with Laura Browder on an untitled feature film about her grandfather, Earl Browder, the former General Secretary of the American Communist Party from 1934-1945; Mothers at War, a documentary film and interactive website that explores the unique challenges of motherhood and the military; and a documentary feature tracing the intertwined histories of Rice University and the city of Houston.
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