‘BlackKklansman’ Co-Writer Kevin Willmott Gets Underway Directing ‘The 24th’, Drama On 1917 Houston Riot And Aftermath
After sharing the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar with Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Kevin Willmott has gotten underway with The 24th, a film he is directing from a script he co-wrote with Trai Byers, the latter of whom stars in the film.
The 24th tells the 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 lasted two hours and led to the death of nine civilians, four policemen and two soldiers. It resulted in the largest murder trial in history, which sentenced a total of 19 men to execution, and 41 to life sentences.