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Presented by: The Center for the Study of the American South and Memory Lane Productions
Narrated by: Morgan Freeman
Produced and Directed by: Martin Clark and Walter E. Campbell
Written by: Walter E. Campbell, Martin Clark, and Tom Vickers
First Editor/Assistant Director: Tom Vickers
Trailer produced by: Ashley Melzer

Advisory Committee:
W. Fitzhugh Brundage
James J. Dougherty
William R. Ferris
Nancy Kalow
Harry L. Watson

Special thanks to the family of W. Horace Carter and the Tabor-Loris Tribune.

Run Time: 58.11 min.

A Personal Note from William R. Ferris:

When I first arrived at the University of North Carolina in the fall of 2002, I found a letter in my History Department box from Rusty Carter welcoming me to UNC. Rusty enclosed copies of The Tabor City Tribune that featured his father’s editorials about the Ku Klux Klan and said he hoped we might make a film on his father’s life. I replied that I was especially moved to read about his father’s courageous editorials and agreed that his life richly deserved to be captured on film.

Thus began a twelve-year journey that led to the film we will view this afternoon. After a lunch to discuss the project, Rusty and I met with Harry Watson, who enthusiastically endorsed the idea. As Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, Harry understood the importance of Horace Carter’s story and its important ties to both UNC and North Carolina. Harry chose Walt Campbell and Martin Clark as a historian-filmmaker team to make the film, and he recruited Fitz Brundage, Nancy Kalow, and Jim Dougherty to serve as advisors during the development of the script and the editing of the film. And Rusty Carter convinced Morgan Freeman to do the narration.

The Editor and the Dragon is a tribute to a lone journalist’s courage. Carter’s refusal to allow the Ku Klux Klan to attack black and white citizens in his beloved Tabor City community is a great American story. This film will inspire its viewers and will remind them that Horace Carter’s life is a model to which we should all aspire.

William R. Ferris
Senior Associate Director, The Center for the Study of the American South


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