Thursday, September 23, 2021

Steph Curry and Viola Davis Team for ‘Emanuel’ Doc About the Charleston Church Shooting

Emanuel Church

*Steph Curry and Viola Davis have teamed to Executive Produce a documentary about the Charleston Church Shooting.

According to Deadline, the project, entitled “Emanuel” highlights the 2015 Charleston church massacre, when white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine Black parishioners.

Roof’s relatives said in a statement that they will “always love Dylann” but will “struggle as long as we live to understand why he committed this horrible attack, which caused so much pain to so many good people.”

The doc features interviews with survivors and family members and was made in partnership with the city of Charleston and the victims’ families.

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Curry and Davis will co-produce with Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions as executive producers.

“Emanuel is an incredibly powerful film and we’re honored to come on board as executive producers,” said Curry of his Unanimous Media banner. “The documentary highlights how a horrible tragedy can bring a community together, and spreads an important message about the power of forgiveness. Stories like this are the reason we created Unanimous and entered the entertainment space. I hope the film inspires others like it does me.”

Said Davis and Tennon: “June 17, 2015 served as a stark reminder of the power of racism. That evening, a routine bible study at Emanuel Church was a soft target based solely on the racial profile of the congregation. We, along with the country, grieved each family’s loss. Yet, miraculously, from this devastation we witnessed tremendous benchmarks of humanity. The survivors found courage to love in the face of hate. JuVee is proud to be a part of this healing and truth telling along with Unanimous Media, Brian Ivie and John Shepherd.”

Roof was sentenced to death for the Charleston church massacre.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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  1. Thanks to Viola Davis and Steph Curry for highlighting the plight of an overlooked tragedy that is hard to come to grips with because of the senseless brutality and where it occurred.

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