February 27, 2020
When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a small South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy resolves to do everything in his power to prevent long-simmering racial tensions from boiling over. But the members of Kennedy’s congregation are shocked to discover that his plan includes sheltering Mike Burden, a Klansman whose relationships with both a single-mother and a high-school friend force him to re-examine his long-held beliefs. After Kennedy helps Mike leave behind his violent past, the Baptist preacher finds himself on a collision course with manipulative KKK leader Tom Griffin. In the face of grave threats to himself and his family, the resolute Kennedy bravely pursues a path toward peace, setting aside his own misgivings in the hopes of healing his wounded community.
IMTA alum Garrett Hedlund stars as Burden, alongside Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Tom Wilkinson, Andrea Riseborough, Tess Harper, Crystal Fox, and Usher. The film, which is based on a true story, initially premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 where it won the Audience Award.
February 14, 2020
When “American Idol” returns for its 18th season on Sunday, among the singers vying to become the next star will be IMTA alum Dillon James. James, who won the inaugural Songwriting Competition at IMTA in 2012, also was the Most Sought Male Talent 2nd Runner Up.
Following IMTA, James signed with Unified Management and began auditioning in LA. His first acting role was as a young country singer in Dolly Parton’s TV movie, A Christmas Country Story. He also appeared in the historical short film The Haircut, about the first class of female cadets accepted into military service academies, and the Lifetime TV thriller, A Teacher’s Obsession.
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