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The Story is in

the Telling

The Story is in the Telling

06. Counter Histories: Rock Hill

The Friendship 9 staged a sit-in in Rock Hill, SC in 1961. This multi-award-winning film documents their story in their own words.

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In this Tomorrow Pictures original, meet the men who stood up for their rights by sitting down at the counter of the Rock Hill, SC Five and Dime. They asked for a cup of coffee and were instead met with violence, police brutality, and 30 days in hard labor prison. A small town just miles from Charlotte, NC, Rock Hill became a landmark of the Civil Rights Movement. This multi-award winning documentary tells the story of one of the most significant, but not well-known moments, of the civil rights movement. The Friendship 9 stage a sit-in in Rock Hill, SC. They introduce and test the "Jail No Bail" strategy that invigorates the movement and is the precursor to the Freedom Rides. 

After gathering interviews and documents from 5 of the original participants in the sit-in, the director/producer team of Fr3deR1cK and Ellen Barnard knew they had stumbled onto a great story that needed to be told to a wider audience. The tactic these young men employed - going to jail instead of accepting bail - was a test case for the Freedom Rides, and helped energize a movement that was stalled in the South - by bringing national media attention to the battles they fought.

Director: Fr3der1cK / Producer: Ellen Barnard

 

Read more at Jail No Bail



 
Awards & Nominations:

Telly Awards: Bronze Winner

Spotlight Short Film Awards: Silver Award Winner

Tribute Film Festival: Best Heritage Short Documentary

Big River Film Festival: Best Short Documentary

Best Documentary Film: LA Independent Artist Film Festival

Virgin Spring Cinefest: Bronze Award

Southern Shorts Awards: Best Documentary

Virgin Spring Cinefest: Bronze Award

Social Impact Media Awards: Best Documentary


In this Tomorrow Pictures original, meet the men who stood up for their rights by sitting down at the counter of the Rock Hill, SC Five and Dime. They asked for a cup of coffee and were instead met with violence, police brutality and 30 days in hard labor prison. A small town just miles from Charlotte, NC, Rock Hill became a landmark of the Civil Rights Movement. The tactic these young men employed - going to jail instead of accepting bail - was a test case for the Freedom Rides, and helped energize a movement that was stalled in the South - by bringing national media attention to the battles they fought.


Director: Fr3der1cK / Producer: Ellen Barnard.

Telly Awards: Bronze Winner
Spotlight Short Film Awards: Silver Award Winner
Tribute Film Festival: Best Heritage Short Documentary
Big River Film Festival: Best Short Documentary
Best Documentary Film: LA Independent Artist Film Festival
Virgin Spring Cinefest: Bronze Award
Southern Shorts Awards: Best Documentary
Virgin Spring Cinefest: Bronze Award
Social Impact Media Awards: Best Documentary

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