Once again, before 2013 officially comes to a close, I want to bring to your attention the very interesting upcoming indie period drama Hogtown.
Vanessa and I have a few times before written about
Chicago-based writer and director Daniel
Nearing’s ambitious new film project Hogtown, with images from the film and a teaser trailer. Now the first full length
trailer from the film was released yesterday.
Nearing, who made the previously critically-acclaimed
2009 indie drama Chicago Heights,
shot Hogtown in black and white with Herman
Wilkins and Diandra Lyle playing
the leads in a multi-racial cast of more than 70.
The film could be described as an experimental period drama, set during
the notorious 1919 Chicago race riots, and anyone familiar with the city knows that it has a long, bloody and painful history of ugly racial tensions.
Nearing has said about his film’s plot that it “relates
to the investigation into the disappearance of a multi-millionaire theatre
owner during a snowstorm. While it is on the one hand a murder mystery and a
love story, it is intended as a celebration of the city while exploring the
isolation and emotions of many of its inhabitants.“
The film even incorporates several famous, or soon to be
famous real people, including a 19 year-old, unpublished Ernest Hemingway; and though it is a period film, Nearing says that
his film will be “period-less,” shot in undisguised contemporary
The recently completed film, which even has its own
Wikipedia page that you can check out (HERE) is set to hit the film festival circuit next
year, and hopefully will soon open in a theater near your area.
Nearing also wants everyone to regularly check out the
website for the film, since it will be constantly updated with updates, as well as new versions of the trailer (HERE).