On Tuesday February 25, Reelblack will host the Philly premiere of Jeymes Samuel's all-star western, THEY DIE BY DAWN. Tickets $10 Adults/ $8 Students & Seniors/ $5 Reelblack Season 11 & I House Members (Must Show Membership Card).
The Place: Langston, Oklahoma
The time: 1890
Deadwood Dick, Isom Dart, Ben Hodges and Jim Beckwourth meet up in the saloon owned by the gun toting stagecoach Mary.
a tense card game leads each man to reveal his hand – a bounty on their heads. a silent pact is made – the last man standing takes the prize, $80,000.
who will play their last hand and who will live to fight another day when the dust settles from the shoot out of the saloon?
the story may be fictional but the characters are real. langston oklahoma is a real place and was the first of many frontier towns that were populated by african-americans. while hollywood may tell us the cowboys were blonde haired and blue eyed there were many who were black, mostly freed or escaped slaves from the south.
Nat Love aka Deadwood Dick, Isom Dart, Ben Hodges and Rufus Buck were all notoriously famous and infamous cowboys whilst the strong and powerful stagecoach Mary bore little resemblance to Doris Day’s calamity Jane.
hollywood may have overlooked their story, but we haven’t.
they Die by Dawn’ is a short film (54 minutes) based on the true life african american cowboys of the old west. with an all star cast including golden globe winner giancarlo esposito, Boardwalk empire’s Michael k williams, greys anatomy’s Jessie williams, gRaMMy® award winning erykah Badu and hollywood a lister Rosario Dawson, the film sets out to tell the story of a fictionalized showdown between the real life characters.