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Hogtown (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 9 February 2015 (USA)
HOGTOWN is a black and white dramatic feature set circa 1919 in Chicago. It begins with the investigation into the disappearance of a millionaire theatre owner and plays out against the backdrop of the horrific race riots of that summer.


Daniel Nearing


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Credited cast:
Herman Wilkins ... Deandre Son Carter
Diandra Lyle ... Nia Coleman
McKenzie Chinn ... Aaliyah Carter
Joe Mack ... John Doughty
Dianne Bischoff ... Theresa Greenaway
Nahum Zarco Nahum Zarco ... Almighty Voice
Pete Giovagnoli ... Dan Callahan
José María Mendiola ... Aparicio Reyes
Gene Mui Gene Mui ... Chui Yuen Wong
Marco Garcia Marco Garcia ... Sherwood Anderson
Sean Walton ... James Cowan
Patrick Cunningham Patrick Cunningham ... Jack Dempsey
Jay Disney ... Ambrose Greenaway
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Austin Elizabeth Austin ... Fortune Teller
Raquel Austin Raquel Austin ... Baby Nia


HOGTOWN is a feature-length, black and white, dramatic feature from writer-director Daniel Nearing. HOGTOWN is nearly 20 years in the making, and is the second film in a trilogy and grows organically out of CHICAGO HEIGHTS, which was based on WINESBURG, OHIO, an 'unadaptable' seminal American novel. The film was named to Roger Ebert's last list of Best Art Films in 2010. The film is set circa 1919 in Chicago and begins with the disappearance of a millionaire theatre owner in a snowstorm. Its climactic sequences play out against the backdrop of the horrific race riots of that summer. The film is ostensibly about a murder investigation, but HOGTOWN is much more an exploration of this most American of American cities, looking into the intimate lives of many of its people. This 'period-less piece' is shot in undisguised contemporary Chicago, suggesting that the issues of its era resonate through the present. Herman Wilkins makes his feature debut as a leading actor in HOGTOWN, playing not...

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A tale of two centuries.


Drama | Mystery | Romance


Not Rated


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Release Date:

9 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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9:23 Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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fantastic film
25 October 2015 | by edward-bukowskiSee all my reviews

great acting performance by Herman Wilkins,

this film is wonderful, cinematic, creative, 10 out of 10 stars,

I watched this film as it was submission to the big house Los Angeles black film festival, out of over a thousand submissions to the festival Hogtown was hands down the best I had seen, the stylized cinematography, the lighting, editing and amazing performances were captivating.

as a reviewer, one of many from the festival authority for Big House Los Angeles, we all agreed this is an amazing must see film,

Mr Wilkins performance is superb. great film.

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