Silverspot Cinema
300 SE 3rd St #100 Miami, FL 33131(305) 536-5000

The Changing Same

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 21min
Film Year: 2018
Category: IMDbPro Short Film Award

In the Florida Panhandle lies the rural town of Marianna, where resident Lamar Wilson annually runs a particular marathon to lift the veil of racial terror in the town’s buried history. On October 26, 1934, Marianna resident Claude Neal was brutally lynched by a mob of white men, and the very public spectacle remains one of the worst acts of torture and execution on record in 20th century America. Yet there are no physical reminders of this atrocity to be found in Marianna today.

Every single year, Lamar runs 13 miles to retrace the same route Claude Neal took on the fateful final night of his life. Lamar’s sense of duty to shine a light on this painful past is born out of a clear-eyed view — yet ultimately love — for his hometown.




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Director: Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson
Producer: Ayana Enomoto-Hurst, Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson
Production Company: Rada Film Group

Music: Michael Montes
Cinematographer: Kerrin Sheldon
Editor: Kyle Graffam

Cast: Lamar Wilson, LaDray Gilbert, George Little, Pam Peacock Little

Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

Michèle Stephenson’s work has appeared on PBS, Showtime and MTV. Her film,  American Promise  (2013), co-directed with Joe Brewster, was awarded Special Jury Prize at Sundance, received an African American Film Critics' Association Award and was nominated for three Emmys, including Best Documentary. Her collaborative film series with The New York Times Op-Docs, Conversations on Race (2015), won an Online Journalism Award. Stephenson won a Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Award and is a Guggenheim Fellow.

Joe Brewster is a Spirit Award and three-time Emmy Award nominee. In addition to co-directing American Promise (2013) and “The Changing Same” (2018) with Michèle Stephenson, Brewster has won a Revere Award and an NAACP Image Award for the best selling book, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life (2013).