It's not surprising that local moviemaker Rob Underhill wanted to put Mike Wiley's one-person show, Dar He, on film. Some six years after its premiere, this documentary theater piece on the murder of Emmett Till, involving Wiley's trademark impersonations of some 20 witnesses, lawmen, journalists and the perpetrators themselves, remains one of his most dramatic and harrowing works.
What is surprising, though, is Underhill's approach: having Wiley again perform all of the characters, and filming scenes so that a number of his characters interact with one another on screen. If it sounds confusing, not to worry: It won't be when you see it.
Having garnered a dozen awards thus far in regional and international film festivals, Dar He's Chapel Hill premiere is a benefit for the local activist theater and multimedia company Hidden Voices. Tickets for the 7 p.m. screening, featuring live music (at 6:15 p.m.), beer and (naturally) popcorn, are $35. To see the movie's trailer, visit darhemovie.com. —Byron Woods