Chicago 10 trailer online
Before Steven Spielberg gets to tackle the subject, there's already a film on the go about the men who were arrested for inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention and who were found guilty but eventually cleared of all charges on appeal, and the trailer is online.
The film is to star such names as Dylan Baker, Nick Nolte, Mark Ruffalo, Roy Scheider, Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Wright and Hank Azaria, as well as archived footage of all the people who were actually there and the men themselves.
The trailer looks superbly created, mixing archive footage with animated recreations of the events in the courtroom from the court transcripts themselves. It does look powerful and very well created.
These men were arrested for a week long campaign of protests that became quite violent and repeatedly clashed with police. These riots were broadcast on television and had a strong effect on those watching, causing a gathering of public opinion. During the course of the trial one of the defendants was bound, gagged and handcuffed to his chair by order of the judge.
What hits me about this story is just how relevant it is today, and how there's just no way that this kind of public protest could happen again without mass police involvement and huge arrests, arrests that could result in people being detained for long periods under new laws.
This could really pack a punch and deliver a strong message, and I'm glad that there are multiple films coming out about the subject. Over at MoviesOnline [Flash] you can see the trailer for one of the first of them.