More Than a Month

More Than a Month

  • BY Shukree Tilghman |
    Premiered February 16, 2012

About the Film

Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. He stops in various cities, wearing a sandwich board, to solicit signatures on his petition to end the observance. He explains that relegating Black History Month to the coldest, shortest month of the year is an insult, and that black history is not separate from American history. Through this thoughtful and humorous journey, he explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America. MORE

His road trip begins in Washington, D.C., crisscrosses the country during Black History Month 2010, and ends with an epilogue one year later. Each stop along the journey explores Black History Month as it relates to four ideas: education, history, identity, and commercialism.

Tilgman’s campaign to end Black History Month is actually a provocative gambit to open a public conversation about the idea of ethnic heritage months, and whether relegating African American history to the shortest month of the year — and separating it from American history on the whole — denigrates the role of black people and black culture throughout American history. But it is also a seeker’s journey to reconcile his own conflicting feelings about his own identity, history, and convictions.

More Than a Month is not just about a yearly tradition, or history, or being black in America. It is about what it means to be an American, to fight for one’s rightful place in the American landscape, however unconventional the means, even at the risk of ridicule or misunderstanding. It is a film is about discovering oneself.

The Filmmaker

Shukree Tilghman has written and directed several short films and penned several feature screenplays. In addition to writing and directing, Shukree has also served as an associate producer on the Marco Williams feature documentary Banished, an Official Selection of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Shukree received a B.F.A. in Film from NYU where he was a recipient of the Martin Scorsese Filmmaker Scholarship. He is currently a Screenwriting MFA candidate in the Film Division at Columbia University.


Film Credits

Written, Produced, and Directed by
Shukree Hassan Tilghman

Owen Cooper

Executive Producer
Marco Williams

K.A. Miille

Director of Photography
Thiago Da Costa

Original Music by
Brady Hearn

Production Sound Mixer
Orion Gordon

Associate Producers
Nevena G. Bentler
Thomas Williams

Additional Editor
Morgan Faust

Additional Camera
Peter Olsen

Assistant Editor
Giancarlo Baldino

Re-creations Director of Photography
Chris J. Lytwyn

Re-creations Assistant Director
Kara Pinato

Re-creations Coordinator
Polina Portnaya

Re-creations Gaffer
Justin Lee

Re-creations Assistant Camera
John Wong

Re-creations Production Design
Doug Poland

Re-creations Cast
Laurie Folks
Larry Yelder
Erica Douglas
Bobby Cox

Production Assistants
Joseph Reynolds
Corinthian Burt
Josh Burdett
Solomon Scott
Nolan Rossi
Wendy James

Office Interns
Artesia Adamo
Jessica Ledoux
Rhonda Nelson
Emily Schmidt

Online Facility
Rust Company

Graphic Design
Justin Powell
Iman Bounhar

Music Performers
Camila Barrientos Ossio
Sam Quiggins
Mariel Vanderstee

Footage Provided by
Thought Equity Motion

Photos Provided by
Temple University Archives
Philadelphia Inquirer
Robert Mooney
Getty Images
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center,
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Re-recording Mixer
Paul Hsu

Special Thanks
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Mitzi Cooper
Firelight Media Producers Lab
Judith Helfand
Paul Taylor
Darius West
Mark Zwonitzer

Executive Producer for ITVS
Sally Jo Fifer

Executive Producer for NBPC
Jacquie Jones

Funding for this program was provided by the
Sundance Documentary Film Program

More Than A Month is a co-production of
In Search of Carter G., LLC, the Independent Television Service (ITVS),
in association with the National Black Programming Consortia (NBPC),
with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

This program was produced by In Search of Carter G, LLC,
which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2011 In Search of Carter G, LLC, All rights reserved.

Do you think we should end Black History Month, or do you believe setting aside time to focus on the accomplishments of black Americans is still important?
Do you think we should end Black History Month, or do you believe setting aside time to focus on the accomplishments of black Americans is still important?