In recent months, there has been much focus of a lot of historical atrocities that they never taught us in school. Case and point, the massacre of Black Wallstreet or as it’s commonly known, as the Tulsa Race Massacres of 1921. The massacre was featured in the first episode of HBO’s Watchmen aa d fans were shook!
The incident depicted in this film took place a few years before the Tulsa massacre and ended with 13 black soldiers being hung. The incident speaks to the relevancy of what is happening now and how, black men serving this country during war time, were given zero respect. This trailer is intense and it shows a lot, but am really digging the grittiness.
The 24th tells the incredibly powerful and timely true story of the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment, and the Houston Riot of 1917. The Houston Riot was a mutiny by 156 African American soldiers in response to the brutal violence and abuse at the hands of Houston police officers. The riot, which lasted two hours, led to the death of nine civilians, four policemen and two soldiers and resulted in the largest murder trial in history, which sentenced a total of nineteen men to execution, and forty-one men to life sentences. The 24th is directed by American writer / filmmaker Kevin Willmott, director of the films Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, The Battle for Bunker Hill, The Only Good Indian, Destination Planet Negro, Jayhawkers, and The Profit previously, as well as shorts and TV work. The screenplay is by Kevin Willmott & Trai Byers. It’s produced by Jordan Fudge, Alexandra Milchan, Trai Byers, Kevin Willmott. Vertical will debut The 24th in “virtual cinemas” and on VOD starting August 21st.