Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 by

Alabama recently played host to film crews as the cities of Greenville and Montgomery saw college students from across central Alabama cast as extras in Son of the South, a Spike Lee produced film based on NewSouth author Bob Zellner’s memoir The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.

Director Barry Alexander Brown, a Montgomery native and longtime film editor for Spike Lee, chose Greenville’s Court Square Cafe to film a lunch counter sit-in scene for the upcoming film. Film crews then moved on for a day of shooting in Montgomery and will be completing filming during the summer of 2010. Son of the South is set for release in 2011.

The Wrong Side of Murder Creek chronicles Zellner’s lifetime of civil rights activism, from his childhood as the son and grandson of Klansmen to field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In the early 1960s he joined ranks with the black students who were sitting-in, marching, fighting, and sometimes dying to challenge the southern “way of life” he had been raised on but rejected.

Zellner received the 2009 Lillian Smith Book Award for The Wrong Side of Murder Creek.

Read more about the local filming in the Greenville Advocate.

The Wrong Side of Murder Creek is available directly from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

One Response to “Spike Lee’s Son of the South, Bob Zellner story, begins Alabama filming”

  1. Maria Gitin Says:

    The courage of Bob Zellner is only matched by his understanding of the role of whites in The Movement. In addition to all of the drama he participated in, he took the time to serve as an independent reporter who got some of the most important stories of violence and harassment experienced by locals and field workers in Wilcox County AL into the national press. Some of these stories I was able to use in a timeline for my manuscript \This Little Light of Mine, This Bright Light of Ours: a memoir and oral histories of the Wilcox County Voting Rights Movement 1965\. Thank you Bob for all that you have done and will continue to do to shine a bright light on the ongoing struggle for equality in The South and in this country. Kudos to Spike Lee for taking on this project. – Maria Gitin (formerly Joyce Brians, SCLC 1965)

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