A TRUE STORY HISTORICAL DRAMA
The year in the first Gilded Age that changed how we work forever
Rife with Intrigue
THREE LOVE AFFAIRS AGAINST ALL ODDS: Albert & Lucy Parsons (interracial Texas couple), August Spies & Nina Van Zandt (from different social classes), Louis Lingg & Elise Friedel (both immigrants from Mannheim, Germany)
TWO MYSTERIOUS EXPLOSIONS: A sizzling bomb is thrown into the air during a protest at Haymarket Square, and a pipe bomb goes off in the jail cell of Louis Lingg
FOUR WRONGFUL COURT-ORDERED EXECUTIONS: Albert, August, Adolph Fischer & George Engel are hung at the gallows for their beliefs in the labor reform. They are brave until the end.
Four quadrants? Covered
1886 has worldwide appeal across movie-going age groups, races and genders. The story ties directly into the fight for a living wage that is happening today. An event for the screenplay was hosted by Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades.
Louis Lingg makes the Buzzfeed list of "Hottest Historical Hunks That Will Make You Want to Time Travel"
USA / UK / Germany Screenwriter/Producer = Irish/American citizenship
1886 is for an international ensemble cast, avoids the "white saviour" trope & allows a woman of color co-lead to shine. 1886 passes The Bechdel Test.
ADDRESSES MANY AUDIENCES:
The Story is about The 99%
#LucyLives The spirit of Lucy Parsons & the rest of "The Anarchists of Chicago" are present in the legacy of Occupy Wall Street & other activist movements. Lucy is a Native/African American Latina, "the mother of the sit-down strike" who "fought the KKK".
Themes of the Tale
We must improve current conditions
Society cannot continue the way it has been. Revolutionary change has to happen soon.
We have to do what's right, not just what's easy.
We need to work together to make things better & show others the way
Calls to Action
Project 1886 is conscientious, sustainable film-making to empower all involved as well as the viewership #SocialJusticeFilms
All people deserve shelter/a place to call home, clean water, food, a right to be educated & to not have their families politically separated
The working poor shouldn't be stuck in poverty
We must rise up together & help those less fortunate, allow more diverse voices to be heard
We can make anything happen by deciding together
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We Can Do It