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In Charles K Campbell’s ALL OR NOTHIN’, Daniel Britt plays John Fairfield, a white conductor of the Underground Railroad. His mission is to transport an enslaved family from Boone County, Kentucky to Canada West where they will be free and unite with loved ones. On one farm, Washington Barker (Bryant Bentley) and Tillie Barker (Ursaline Bryant) are the favored servants of Matthew Barker (Gary Chinn). Following an unexpected announcement to Washington and Tillie that she is about to be sold, he makes the risky decision to steal her away and claim their freedom. In a parallel escape,Fairfield guides a company from the neighboring farm of Reverend John Terry (Carl Herrick). The groups collide at the banks of the Ohio River. Tillie and Washington challenge Fairfield’s leadership and demonstrate how their skills are as necessary to this escape as are his. After a standoff, they begrudgingly join forces and flee north. Amidst constant infighting between Washington and Fairfield, Tillie becomes the glue that keeps the group intact. To reach Canada West they must set aside their differences and rely on the aide of the Midwest Underground Railroad network. In the interim, a strong-willed enslaved woman named Elsie (Samantha Russell) escapes on her own accord. Meanwhile, the slave-holding families hire relentless bounty hunter Roy Lee (Jon Kovach) to return their escaped property. Accompanying Roy Lee is David (Brendan Alpiner) and Winston Terry (Michael Loos) who maintain differing opinions with regard to the institution of slavery.

Details

Directed By: Charles K Campbell
Genre: American History / Narrative Drama
Runtime: 82:15
Ratings: Unrated
Genre: American History / Narrative Drama
Starring: Daniel Britt, Bryant Bentley, Ursaline Bryant

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Learn The Story

*click here)"Escape of the 28" created by Betty Ann Smiddy and Diana Porter

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Set in 1853, Boone County, Kentucky, ALL OR NOTHIN’ ‘AON’ is an epic tale based on true events, and represents real life Underground Railroad heroes/sheroes. A blend of literary scholarship and creative licensing, we maintain historical accuracy as recorded via verbal accounts, and research. We salute the scholars, educators, researchers and oral historians for preserving The Escape of the 28 (which AON is based) and for their preservation of stories similar in scope. AON is just one story of thousands that contains dark and light elements of America’s rich past. This honestly raw tale presents man at his most evil, and compassionate stages. AON, those who made it, and those who they reenact, represent guts, will, and sheer determination.  Based on one of the largest documented escapes in American history, AON offers a bold step toward healing the racial divide in America. We especially hope that learning institutions across the country embrace AON as a teaching tool. Innovative sample lesson plans are available to educators.

CHARLES K CAMPBELL

Abolitionists

William Lambert

abolitionist William Lambert

He was a vocal opponent to discriminatory laws in Michigan and organizer of Detroit’s Underground Railroad. (Photo courtesy of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History)

William Lambert: The Representative Negro of this Vicinity, Detroit Free Press, January 5, 1890, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University website (click here)


Rev. William Charles Monroe

abolitionist Rev. William Charles Monroe

In 1836 he was installed as the first minister of Second Baptist Church in Detroit. Co-founded the Colored Vigilante Committee of Detroit in 1843 and again in 1851. (Photo courtesy of Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History)

The Colored Vigilant Committee in Detroit, Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit, MI (click here)


George DeBaptiste

abolitionist Rev. William Charles Monroe

He was a key Underground Railroad agent in Indiana and Detroit, Michigan. And served as the personal valet to President William Henry Harrison. (Photo courtesy of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History)

Death of George DeBaptiste, Detroit Daily Post, February 1875, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University website (click here)


Laura Haviland

abolitionist Rev. William Charles Monroe

She was one of the most prominent activists on Michigan’s Underground Railroad, and a leader in the fight for racial, social, and civil rights. (Photo courtesy of Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

Laura Haviland: A Woman’s Life-Work, published 1882. Electronic edition. Library of Congress. The Sloan Foundation. (click here)


Asher and Catherine Aray

abolitionist Rev. William Charles Monroe

They were among the earliest Free-Black settlers in Pittsfield Township who sheltered freedom-seekers on their property. Asher was a fearless Underground Railroad conductor (photo courtesy of descendant Linda Williams-Bowie)

Carol E. Mull, The Underground Railroad in Michigan, 2010. (click here)
Journey to Freedom: Underground Railroad tours in Washtenaw County, MI (click here)
Journey through the Underground Railroad in Washtenaw County Continues, by Jorge Avellan, February 2016. WEMU/89.1FM. Pittsfield Charter Township, Michigan (click here)


William Webb Harwood

abolitionist Rev. William Charles Monroe

Co-Founder of Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1824 and Underground Railroad co-worker with Asher Aray and Roswell Preston in Pittsfield Township, Michigan (Photo courtesy of Ypsilanti Historical Society)

William W. Harwood Farm, Carol E. Mull, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History website (click here)
Historic Textile Road in Pittsfield Township, MI, by C Edward Wall, Pittsfield Township Historical Society, website (click here)
Only A Few Assisted Escaped Slaves, by Carol E. Mull. MLive website (click here)


Henry Bibb

abolitionist Rev. William Charles Monroe

He was a Self-Emancipator from Kentucky to Detroit and ultimately Ontario, Canada. He was active in Detroit’s Vigilant Committee and founded the abolitionist paper Voice of the Fugitive from Sandwich, Ontario, Canada in 1851 (Photo courtesy of Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave, Written by Himself: Electronic edition. Henry Bibb born 1815. Published 1849.
The electronic edition is a part of the UNC-CH digitization project, Documenting the American South © This work is the property of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text
http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/bibb/bibb.html


Meet The Cast

Bryant Bentley, as Washington Barker

Bryant Bentley was born and raised in Dayton Ohio who draws from over twenty years of professional acting experience. He has performed across the country doing Regional Theater and his film credits include; All Or Nothin’, directed by Charles Campbell, Missed It, A Mother’s Heart (short), The Public directed by Emilio Estevez, The Killing of the Sacred Deer, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, and Mercy. Mr. Bently is a member of SAG*AFTRA and Actors Equity Association.

Events

General Events

Date Description
9/27/2017 AON at Northern Kentucky University ‘NKU’ Liberty and Slavery: The paradox of America's Founding fathers (sponsored by department of History and Geography department of History and Geography and the Black Studies Program – the College of Arts & Sciences, the Office for Inclusive Excellence, and the Steely Library
9/30/2017 AON at the 102nd Association for the Study of African American Life & History 'ASALH' Conference Cincinnati, Ohio.
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9/30/2017 AON at Ohio River National Freedom Corridor National Conference - Earlham College - Richmond, Indiana.
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10/26/2017 AON at Central Michigan University ‘CMU’ Library - Special Lecture Series Clarke Speaker Series 7pm - Park Library Auditorium.
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11/4/2017 AON at Croswell Opera House in Adrian, MI
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Kansas Screenings January 14-16/2018

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1/14/2018 Pratt, Kansas (Barron Theater) - evening screening (check local listing for times)
1/15/2018 (MLK Birthday) - Barclay College - Havilland, Kansas - evening screening (check local listing for times)
1/16/2018 Greensburg, Kansas - Twilight Theater - evening screening (check local listing for times)

CKC Radio Interviews

Date Description
10/26/2017 Central Michigan University
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10/30/2017 WLEN (103.9)
Host: Kristina Kidney & Steve Barkway
11/4/2017 WLEN (103.9)
Hosts: Dale Gaertner and Don Taylor

News Articles

Date Description
10/31/2017 The Daily Telegram (Adrian, MI)

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