The 24th directed by Kevin Willmott
(Left to Right) Mo McRae and Trai Byers in ‘The 24th’ Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment

Vertical Entertainment released the official trailer for the indie period drama The 24th, directed by Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman co-writer Kevin Willmott. The film which was originally set to premiere at now cancelled SXSW will be released on VOD/digital on August 21 by Vertical Entertainment, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Houston Riot of 1917.

The film starring Trai Byers, Bashir Salahuddin, Aja Naomi King, Mo McRae, Tosin Morohunfola, Mykelti Williamson, and Thomas Haden Church, tells the true story of the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment, and the Houston Riot of 1917.

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 | Official Trailer
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