SOUTHAMPTON - A Long Island man who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will soon have his life story become the subject of a movie.

Originally from Alabama, 71-year-old Bob Zellner, now of Southampton, says his father and grandfather were both part of the Ku Klux Klan, but that he chose not to follow in their footsteps.

Instead, Zellner met King in 1959 and joined him on his crusade to break down racial segregation. He says he was arrested 18 times for supporting the movement and that some of those times were with King.

Zellner says his experiences with King will now be told in a film called "Son of the South" directed by Spike Lee. He says filming will continue this spring and the movie is expected to come out next year.