Johnathan Paul is a 3rd year graduate student in the University of North Texas Media Arts program. His 2nd year film, the short documentary Hustler of Providence is currently in consideration at the New York City Independent Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride and Austin Film Festival among others.
He was recently nominated for the Kodak Student Scholarship Award for his achievement in directing. This nomination was submitted by Eugene Martin whose film Rosa was an AFS sponsored project. Johnathan has also worked on several other films such as Fields Where We Play, Unconventional and the documentary film Don’t Frack with Denton.
Johnathan is the co-founder of Datalus Pictures a production company he started with six fellow UNT Alumni, who aim to grow film production in the DFW area and the State of Texas.
David Goodman began his film studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and continued those studies at the University of Memphis where he received as Master’s Degree in Screenwriting. David has worked on many film productions over the years including the documentary films Spiritual Transit, Coon Hunters Looking Up for Christ and the award winning documentary short Critterman.
He is a producer and editor for Johnathan Paul’s film Hustler of Providence and the screenwriter of three more collaborations Fields Where We Play, Responsibility of Restraint and Subject to Loss.
Dr. Richard B. McCaslin is the foremost authority on the subject of The Great Hanging. He is the Chair of the History Department at the University of North Texas and completed his doctoral degree by writing the book The Tainted Breeze. This book is seen by the historical community as the definitive book regarding the events of October 1862.
Dr. McCaslin has been gracious enough to join the Great Hanging documentary film as a collaborator and interviewee. His voice and information will be the guide for the film. Leading us along the historically accurate re-enactments of the events.
We are so pleased to have Dr. Richard B. McCaslin join us for the filming of this documentary. His insight has been extremely helpful and will only help to make The Great Hanging the most accurate documentary film regarding the subject of the events of 1862.
Pat Ledbetter is the playwright of the stage play entitled “October Mourning”. This annual stage play is an adaptation of Dr. Richard McCaslin’s book “Tainted Breeze”, and is also the foundation of the narrative for the documentary film The Great Hanging. Pat Ledbetter is also a professor and historian who currently teaches at North Central Texas college in Gainesville, Texas.
She agreed to appear as a subject for the documentary film and give incredible insight into the lives of how she developed the stage play.
The Above Photo is Courtesy of Datalus Pictures.
Aaron Martin has a long history of acting, from theater to film he has worked along side some of the greatest actors of all time. His film work includes but is not limited to The Last Castle with Robert Redford and Mark Ruffalo, The New World with Christopher Plummer and Christian Bale, I Saw the Light with Tom Hiddleston and most recently The Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey.
Aaron began collaborating with director Johnathan Paul in 2014 on the short film Fields Where We Play, they have been working together ever since. Most recently Aaron played the father figure during the re-enactment sequences in Johnathan Paul’s documentary film Hustler of Providence.
He is slated to play lead roles in two more films by the director titled Responsibility of Restraint and Subject to Loss both which will release in 2016.
Richard Jackson is a longtime veteran character actor, and The Great Hanging crew is extremely lucky to have him join the cast. With a career that spans twenty years Richard can be seen in a number of feature films such as No Country for Old Men, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Parkland. He can be seen in the upcoming films Texas Heart, Windsor, I Saw the Light, The Sector and Jercio.
For his role in The Great Hanging documentary re-enactments Richard will be playing William C. Young. Colonel Young was the prosecutor for the Citizen’s Court and with the influence of Minister Thomas Barrett, instituted a 2/3 majority rule, which stopped the executions. However, Col. Young was assassinated during the trials and because of this the prosecutions continued and 19 more suspected Union spies were executed.
You can see Richard as Col. William C. Young in The Great Hanging coming Summer 2016.
The Great Hanging documentary crew is proud to announce the addition of veteran actor Stephen Brodie. Stephen Brodie was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and is the oldest of three children. Growing up, he was an avid reader, and from an early age, he began to write short stories and poetry. Stephen was always creatively and artistically-inclined, and although he dreamt of acting, singing, and performing his poetry live, he was far too shy to act on those desires. Instead, he avoided situations where he might somehow become the center of attention. At the age of 19, he founded Illya’s Honey, the quarterly literary journal that he both edited and published for nearly 4 years.
He eventually left the magazine behind to begin a career in the corporate world. However, he was never happy there and was left without a creative outlet. He began acting later than most, partly as a means of therapy to address his personal struggles with fear. It worked. Soon after, he quit his corporate job to concentrate on his passion of acting, and he has stayed busy ever since appearing in such films as The Long Ranger, Technically Crazy and the upcoming film The Last Possession. He also returned to his writing roots, focusing on writing screenplays with strong, interesting roles that appeal to him and allow him to stretch as an actor.
For his role in The Great Hanging Stephen will be playing James L. Clark, son of the main character Nathaniel M. Clark. James was conscripted into the Confederate Army all the while his father Nathaniel stood trial of being a Union sympathizer and spy. Upon learning of his father’s murder James Clark left the Confederate Army and joined the Union Army.
We look forward to seeing Stephen bring his talents to the set and portray James L. Clark with great passion.
The Great Hanging documentary crew is proud to announce the addition of veteran actor Wilbur Penn to the re-enactment cast. Wilbur has had a long history in television and film and now he is bring is talent and leadership to the cast of The Great Hanging. From television appearances on Friday Night Lights and Dallas, to prominent roles in films like Scanner Darkly with Keanu Reeves and Elvis & Annabelle with Blake Lively, Wilbur Penn has showcased his talents for many filmmakers.
For his role in The Great Hanging Wilbur will be playing Bob Scott, slave and wagon driver. Bob agreed to drive the wagon that would transport the accused from the Citizen’s Court to Pecan Creek where they would be executed. This was a difficult task for Bob, but he volunteered to perform this duty in an effort to remove any suspicions and risk to the slave population of Cooke County. If he had not done this then many slave might have been accused of being abolitionist and rising against the Confederacy. So his actions have been seen as saving numerous lives during these tragic events.
We are extremely excited to see how Wilbur takes hold of the character of Bob Scott, see him soon in the documentary film The Great Hanging.
Elizabeth Morris is a talented actress from Dallas Texas. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas and received her training at the illustrious Dallas Improv. While she has work numerous stage plays and improvisation projects her film credits have begun to grow ever more over the years. She can be seen in films such as Fields Where We Play, Hustler of Providence and I Saw the Light starring Tom Hiddleston.
Like Aaron N. Martin she began working with Johnathan Paul in 2014 first appearing in his student short films The Tent and One Autumn Night. She has continued to work with the director on several of his projects and is slated for roles in his upcoming films Responsibility of Restraint and Subject to Loss.
Michael Mullins is a long industry professional and camera operator. He also teaches film studies with director Johnathan Paul at the University of North Texas. Michael’s credits include Hidalgo, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Living/Dead and Technically Crazy.