"We can either mark history or repeat it," King said. "This documentary reveals in real time what this man went through and represents what we as black people, especially black men, go through today."
The film features several Georgia luminaries, including the Atlanta native Vernon Jordan, who was a young law clerk on the case, and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, founding dean of Morehouse School of Medicine and former Health and Human Services Secretary under President George H. W. Bush., who grew up in Blakely.
"The motivation for me doing this film was to glorify my own community to seeing about ourselves," said King. "There is responsibility in us owning our own history."
“Fair Game” is King's second documentary. His first, “Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America”, won the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking at the 2015 Roxbury International Film Festival.
"We as African-Americans have to take stock in our story in all of its dimensions," King stated. "We really celebrate the fullness of our story by doing so."
King is not content to have told the story of Fair's ordeal, so he is currently seeking to reopen the murder case of Yvonne Holmes. The filmmaker penned a letter to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to reopen the case, because he said he feels there are several questions left unanswered.
"The state never did its job in solving the case," said King. "This is a cold case that no one has ever answered for. It happened nearly 60 years ago. James Fair was the fall guy."
The screening is organized by Georgia Tech's Institute Diversity. It is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. After the film, Clennon L. King will take part in a Question & Answer session.
Visitor parking is located behind the student center, 350 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta. For more information, contact King at 207-450-3585.