A short film by Dale Botten of Lake Nebagamon will be featured Sunday, Aug. 25, during the Tylerman Film Festival in Wheaton, Ill. “Hate Storm: A Prologue,” which was shot in Duluth in 2016, earned the festival’s Aleathea Ligon Social Awareness Award.
The 10-minute film captures one scene of Botton’s screenplay “Hate Storm” about the 1920 lynching of three African-American circus workers in Duluth by a mob of 10,000. Based on Michael Fedo’s book, “The Lynchings in Duluth,” the screenplay won the grand prize at the 2010 Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles and a Screenplay of Merit Award at the 2015 Catalina Film Festival.
“Hate Storm: A Prologue,” starring Ron Fulford Jr. and James Bottom, was previously screened in 2018 at the Great Lakes International Film Festival in Pennsylvania. Botten, executive producer of CurlyVic Films LLC, teamed up with producer/director Brandon Cole of Death Calm Studios LLC in Duluth to shoot the short film as a proof-of-concept teaser film, designed to attract backers and supporters for production of a feature film.
Botten plans on releasing the film to the public in the spring of 2020, the 100th anniversary of the lynching.