Actor CHARLZ WILLIAMS Delivers Black on Black Discrimination in “THROW THE DOG A BONE”


LOS ANGELES (February 11, 2015) – African-American actor CHARLZ WILLIAMS displays skin-deep discrimination in the new dramatic short film, THROW THE DOG A BONE, screening as an ‘official selection’ at the 2015 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) on February 14th & 16th.

Directed by William Bright, THROW THE DOG A BONE shares the story of Mercury Rene Adams (Tish Wright), a brilliant girl from a disadvantaged background who has a chance to live her dream of attending a very prestigious university, but quickly discovers the moral price she’s expected to pay. Williams joins in the tale as Professor Colburn, a biased faculty advisor who believes Mercury isn’t the ‘right caliber’ to attend his Ivy League institution.

Williams was excited to help shed some light on this lesser known form of discrimination, explaining “Black on Black hate and or discrimination is a reality. Sometime it takes the form of lighter vs. darker skin color. In my character’s case, it’s a matter of what impact will your blackness have on my blackness in this institution. My character angers viewers who are eager to tell me so. This is definitely a dialogue worth having.”

From a young age, Williams discovered he has two very different passions: acting and flying. By age sixteen, this Arkansas native learned to solo pilot an airplane and was a cadet member of the Civil Air Patrol (civilian search and rescue auxiliary of the US Air Force) where he was the first African-American to earn the Cadet General Billy Mitchell Award. At the same time, he developed his thrill for performing on the stages of his high school and then at the University of Arkansas. While studying, he got a taste for the military through an ROTC program, which led him to make the decision to leave school and enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. After spending 10 years in the armed services, Williams made his way to Los Angeles, setting his sights back on the acting world. Since then, he has been building a solid reputation as a character actor, appearing in numerous indie films and television ad campaigns.

Pan African Film Festival – Los Angeles
Screening Dates/Times:
Sat, Feb 14 @5:00p / Mon, Feb 16 @11:50a
Screening Location: 
RAVE Cinemas 15 - Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza / 4200 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles CA 90008

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