Films look at lynching in San JoseBreaking News
``Taking justice into your own hands is especially topical now,'' said McEnery, who first heard about the storming of the county jail from his father. ``Sure, it's grim stuff, but it's part of our heritage, and it cries out to be a movie.''
But which movie? And told by whom?
``Valley of the Heart's Delight,'' a loose, names-have-been-changed re-enactment, has just wrapped, with Oakland and San Francisco's Presidio as the backdrop for a city identified in the movie as San Jose. ``Night Without Justice,'' expanded from a short by San Jose filmmaker Michael Azzarello and taken from easily accessible FBI files, is in pre-production in L.A.
And McEnery's ``Swift Justice,'' which unfolds in flashback with J. Edgar Hoover making a cameo, is now with the producer of ``Sahara'' and ``Ray.'' It's an adaptation of retired Mercury News reporter Harry Farrell's book, ``Swift Justice: Murder and Vengeance in a California Town.''
The book chronicles the Depression-era kidnapping and murder of department-store heir Brooke Hart. It details how Jack Holmes and Harold Thurmond kidnapped Hart in an alley outside the family store, how they tossed his weighted body from the San Mateo Bridge, how they were quickly apprehended and, 14 hours later, hanged by a mob of 75.
comments powered by Disqus
- Did Salmonella Kill Off the Aztecs?
- Jewish history is under siege in the middle east and these volunteers are risking their lives to protect it
- 'Amazon should stop selling Holocaust denial books'
- National Museum of African American History and Culture Reaches Milestone of 1 Million Visitors
- What Makes a President Great? Clipping? Sipping? Slashing?
- McMaster knows how national security policy can go wrong. Will that help him?
- Historian and Antiwar Activist Marilyn Young Dies at 79
- Trump Chooses Historian H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser
- Holocaust Historian Deborah Lipstadt Explains Why People Believe Trump's Lies
- Princeton’s Harold James warns World War Three is now a "serious threat”