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2009.07.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

North Omaha is Setting for New Film on Race, Directed by UNO Faculty Member

Omaha - A new urban drama about a young White man who immerses himself in African American life and culture is being filmed in North Omaha through early August. Anna Maria Horsford, who plays Ruth Taylor in the film, is in Omaha for much of the filming.

“Wigger” was written by Dr. Omowale Akintunde, chair of the Black Studies Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Akintunde also serves as the film’s director.

In the film Brandon, played by David Oakes, is an aspiring R&B singer struggling to overcome the confines of a White, racist and impoverished family. Brandon’s neo-Nazi father is disgusted by his son’s identification with African American culture.

“Brandon finds himself in an emotional, psychological, experiential and racial Catch 22,” Akintunde said. “He is determined to be granted acceptance in the life and culture with which he chooses to identify.”

Also staring in the film are:

• Meshach Taylor as Mr. Pruitt
• Anna Maria Horsford as Ruth Taylor
• Eric Harvey as Antoine Taylor
• Braxton Davis as Chuck
• Kim Patrick as Shondra
• Arkeni as Lavita
• Tim Jennings as Rev. Goodman
• Pam Paulson as Rebecca
• Justin Ruff as Jamaal
• Elan Garfias as Michael

Earlier this year Akintunde directed a feature film about President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony, titled “An Inaugural Ride to Freedom: The Legacy of a People, a Movement, and a Mission.” Members of UNO’s Black Studies Department and the Omaha area appear in the film.

Visit www.wiggerthefilm.com and www.myspace.com/wiggerthefilm for more information, including complete cast biographies, soundtrack details and a crew list.

A minute-long trailer for "Wigger" is available on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBm6HydruY4.

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