Written at the request of director Noam Gonick, 1886 is a completed feature length historical drama screenplay based on the autobiography of Albert Parsons and other materials that retell the events of the Haymarket bombing of May 4, 1886, the subsequent trial and executions of anarchists in America who fought for the eight hour work day and to end child labor.
The story centers on Albert Parsons, who at age 13 fights for the CSA and later denounces his indoctrination, and his wife Lucy, an outspoken free woman of color who publishes articles, speaks to the public and leads marches.
The story also focuses on Louis Lingg, a young German carpenter unionist who emigrates to Chicago and German language newspaper publisher August Spies. Lingg committs suicide in prison, leaving behind the love of his life. Spies meets his wife as a result of the conspiracy trial. Four men are hung and buried in Waldheim Cemetery in Chicago.
1886 is a story for The 99%. It captures the current worldwide zeitgeist of the disparity between the haves and have nots. This story includes suspenseful elements such as the mystery of who really set off the bomb in Haymarket Square & torrid love affairs. 2012 marks the 125th anniversary of the executions of the Chicago Anarchists, after their struggles for workers' rights, just like the ones that we are now going through again in America and all over the world with the #Occupy movement.
Here's a Pinterest board for the story: http://pinterest.com/paidtobenice/1886-feature-historical-drama-spec/ . Mr. Gonick states Ed Lachman, ASC is also ready to be director of photography.
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