The 24th

The 24th

America has just entered the Great War, but is refusing to send black troops into combat. Instead of heading to the front lines, the Twenty-Fourth Infantry is sent to Houston, Texas to oversee the construction of Camp Logan for the Illinois National Guard. William Boston is forced to choose between his love for a young woman and leading an attack by 156 African American soldiers on a brutal and racist police force. This incident lead to what is now called the Houston Riot of 1917.

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Kevin Willmott


Director: Kevin Willmott
Executive Producer: Patrick Peach, Tony Grazia
Producer: Jordan Fudge, Alexandra Milchan, Trai Byers, Kevin Willmott
Screenwriter: Kevin Willmott, Trai Byers
Cinematographer: Brett Pawlak
Editor: Mollie Goldstein
Production Designer: Jonathan Carlson
Sound Designer: Steve "Major" Giammaria
Music: Alex Heffes
Principal Cast: Trai Byers, Bashir Salahuddin, Aja Naomi King, Mo McRae, Tosin Morohunfola, Mykelti Williamson, Thomas Haden Church


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Emilie Spiegel
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Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Drama, History
Screening Section: Narrative Spotlight
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 105 mins