Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15 2018

An Accidental Drowning

Sunday, April 15 at 1:00 PM

Feature Block: America is Waiting
Matteo Servente | Memphis, TN | 7 min
Genre: Documentary Short 

Jesse Lee Bonds, a 20-year-old African-American farmer, was lynched in Arlington, Tennessee on April 28, 1939. In a cover-up, his brutal killing was described by state officials as an “accidental drowning,” while those accused of his murder were exonerated. Nearly eighty years later, his brother looks back to share his story.

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Meet The Filmmaker

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Matteo Servente:
1. What is your connection to the South?
Although I was born and raised in Italy, I’ve been living and making films in Memphis TN for the last 11 years.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
I was initially asked to record some interviews for a local group called Lynching Sites Project of Memphis and throughout the process I realized that I needed to work on this story.
3. How did you start making films?
I majored in film history in college, then went to film school. After that the natural continuation was to start making films on my own.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
The most inspiring thing about this film was being able to interview and film Charlie Morris, the 96 year old brother of a man who was lynched. Hearing about his struggles through mourning and anger was very emotional and inspiring.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
It’ll be my first time attending, so I look forward to everything!
6. Why should someone see your film?
I think the subject matter is very actual and keeping this kind of memory alive is crucial.

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