In Person Festival returns January 25-29, 2023 

#DBFF22 Screening + Q&A: Cyril




We invite you to watch “Cyril” On Demand at your leisure and to join us for a Live Stream conversation on February 3rd at 8:00pm CST with screenwriter and producer Mark Clayton Southers and director Andrew Paul. Both the film and the conversation will be available until February 6th @ 11:59pm CST.



World-renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht plays himself in this film, offering detailed and contrarian insights on some of America’s most brutal and provocative cases, as he’s interviewed for a documentary. As he presents his often-controversial views on cases ranging from the JFK assassination to the OJ Simpson case to JonBenet Ramsey’s murder, it’s the morning after George Floyd’s murder, and behind the camera, long-standing disagreements between the conservative white interviewer and liberal Black cameraman threaten to boil over.


LIVE STREAM Q & A with Filmmakers- Thursday, February 3rd – 8:00- 8:30 pm    CST

VIDEO-ON-DEMAND AVAILABILITY:  Thursday, January 27th @ 12 am CST  thru Sunday, February 6th @ 11:59 pm CST


Q & A with Filmmakers:

Host: Shawna MyersDBFF Film Programming Team


Mark Clayton Southers- Screenwriter and Producer 

Andrew Paul- Director


Community Partner: Oak Cliff Film Festival




Watch Cyril at #DBFF22

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Mark Clayton Southers- Screenwriter and Producer 

Mark Clayton Southers (screenwriter & producer) and his family reside in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District. He is an award-winning playwright, stage director, scenic designer, photographer and theatrical producer. He is the founder and producing Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company where he has produced well over 160 full-length and one-act plays, including August Wilson’s complete 10 play Pittsburgh Century Cycle.

His very first play When the Water Turns Clear was produced at Chicago’s ETA Theater. His second play Ashes to Africa was a finalist at the 2001 Dayton Playhouse Future Fest. His third play Ma Noah was the recipient of the 2004 Theodore Ward prize at Columbia College, Chicago.

He has written over 20 full-length and one-act plays including the poem play Angry Black Man Poetry aka End Angered Species which had a successful run at Teatr Śląski in Katowice, Poland in 2009 and Miss Julie, Clarissa and John which ran at the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival and also had a three week run in 2017 at Scotland’s prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

His current projects include two plays for his 19th Century Cycle, Wise Art & The Igbo Landing, as well as Cyril, a film about the well-known forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht.

Mark is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, and the former Artistic Director of both the August Wilson African-American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh PA and the Short North Stage August Wilson Festival in Columbus Ohio.


Andrew Paul- Director

Andrew Paul (director) – Cyril is Andrew’s 1st feature film. He is the founder and producing director of Kinetic Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA, where he has directed Scapino by Jeffrey Binder after Moliere, The Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, The Father by Florian Zeller, The Liar by David Ives after Corneille, The Christians by Lucas Hnath, Three Days in the Country by Patrick Marber after Turgenev (US Premiere), Love, Love, Love (US Regional premiere), Cock by Mike Bartlett, Romance by David Mamet, and Strindberg’s The Dance of Death (in a new version by Conor McPherson).

He previously co-founded the acclaimed Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre (PICT) and served as the company’s producing artistic director from 1996 to 2013. Under his leadership, PICT produced more than a hundred plays, festivals devoted to the plays of Samuel Beckett, John Millington Synge, Harold Pinter, and Anton Chekhov, and two successful international tours. In 2008, he directed and collaborated with David Hare on the non-English language premier of his play Stuff Happens at the Slaski Theatre in Katowice, Poland.

In Las Vegas, he directed The Hound of the Baskervilles and Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out for Nevada Conservatory Theatre and George Brant’s Grounded, Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love, and Jeffrey Hatcher’s Holmes and Watson for Vegas Theatre Company. Andrew’s production of Three Days in the Country received its West Coast premiere at the Antaeus Theatre (L.A. Times Critics Pick) in 2017.

He has taught acting at Duquesne University, directing at Carnegie Mellon University, and has served as a panelist for Theatre Communications Group and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2010, Andrew was a featured speaker at the World Theatre Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan. He lives in Nevada with his wife, Maria, and children, Cristina and Alex.


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