Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, March 21, 2014

2:00 PM DFT Auditorium

(US/2014–Directed by Luke Jaden)

Madman or Martyr, is a 40-minute documentary about abolitionist John Brown and his role in the Detroit hub of the Underground Railroad. It was directed, produced and cowritten by Luke Jaden, 17, a senior at Detroit Country Day School. To tell the story of Brown and the antislavery movement, Jaden combines interviews with local scholars, historic photos, reenactments and vivid voice acting that brings to life the words of historic figures. Jaden’s team includes actors Ed Kelly (the voice of Belle Tire), Tim Holmes (“Oz the Great and Powerful”) and Phillip Edward Van Lear (“Prison Break”) and music contributor David Winans II of Detroit’s famed gospel music family. The quality of the film has drawn media attention all over metro Detroit, along with a packed premiere screening at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in January. (40 min.)

After the film: Madman will be followed by a discussion focused on educating up-and-coming filmmakers. In addition to Jaden, panelists will include Christian Gaines, the current head of ArtPrize and a former Sundance programmer and director of festivals at the American Film Institute; Detroit independent filmmaker Stephen McGee, and Kathy Kieliszewski, artistic director of the Freep Film Festival and a four-time national Emmy winner.

Admission is free.