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New movie explores spiritual and political journey of Justice Clarence Thomas

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is the focus of a compelling story being told in a new documentary. Thomas, who attended seminary in Missouri, is one of the most intriguing Justices on the court in modern history.

“Created Equal: Clarence Thomas His Own Words” from Manifold Productions Inc. will be released on January 31. Producer and director Michael Pack interviewed Justice Thomas and his wife, Virginia, for more than 30 hours — the longest interview any Supreme Court justice has ever given.

READ: Clarence Thomas talks about being brought up in church

“Justice Thomas’ gripping personal story is largely unknown, and his roots as a man of deep faith and religious conviction have never been detailed as extensively as they are in this film,” Pack said. “As a teenager, Clarence Thomas entered seminary, intending to become a priest. How that experience changed his life and how his career changed course is a story that is so compelling and surprising. This is a rare story about standing firm on what you believe no matter what the cost, an example of conviction and courage.”

Watch the trailer:

The film has already garnered rave reviews and buzz from advance screenings in Washington D.C. “It is a marvel of filmmaking that two hours pass so quickly,” according to The Washington Post “ At the end of a screening I recently attended, there weren’t many dry eyes in the room.” Time magazine said. “It Offers viewers rare insight into the mind of a justice known for his reticence on the public stage.”

Strong Reviews for “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.”

The film has already garnered rave reviews and buzz from advance screenings in Washington D.C….

The Washington Post said “It is a marvel of filmmaking that two hours pass so quickly. At the end of a screening I recently attended, there weren’t many dry eyes in the room.”

Time Magazine: “Offers viewers rare insight into the mind of a justice known for his reticence on the public stage.”

Washington Examiner: “Everyone interested in the truth and a great story should go and see it.”

VIDEO: News coverage of Thomas was racist:

The movie reveals Thomas’s journey to becoming a conservative stalwart on the court.

“I felt as though in my life, I had been looking at the wrong people as the people who would be problematic toward me,” Thomas said. “We were told that ‘Oh it’s going to be the bigot in the pickup truck. It’s going be the Klansman. It’s going to be the rural sheriff.’ Ultimately the biggest impediment was the modern-day liberal. They were the ones who would discount all those things, because they have one issue, or because they have the authority, the power to caricature you.”

VIDEO: Watch an interview with Justice Thomas:

Michael Pack, writer/producer/director, is President of Manifold Productions, Inc., an independent film and television production company he founded in 1977. Mr. Pack has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning, nationally broadcast documentaries, as well as corporate and educational films. Some of his earlier credits include: RICKOVER: The Birth of Nuclear Power, narrated by Joan Allen (2014); Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton, hosted by Richard Brookhiser (2011); God and the Inner City, narrated by Phylicia Rashad (2003); and Rediscovering George Washington, hosted by Richard Brookhiser (2002).  All have been nationally broadcast on PBS.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice

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