After an amazing and unforgetable night director Johnathan Paul stopped to chat with KGAF radio about the film and about the screening. You can hear the entire radio interview in the embedded audio below.
Audio is courtesy of Hometown Radio 1580 KGAF.
Trailer for the documentary short film, The Great Hanging, directed by Johnathan Paul. Premieres May 6, 2016.
In October of 1862 Texas state militia arrested over 200 hundred suspected Union sympathizers, 40 of these men were convicted and sentenced to death in what has been known as the Great Hanging. For 150 years these events were marginalized until now.
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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.
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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.