Sunday, September 17, 2006

Documentarian Takes On Mumia

(Photo of Filmaker Tigre Hill)


By Michael Klein

Wynnefield's Tigre Hill set off all kinds of political blasts with his documentary The Shame of a City, which recapped the mayoral campaign of Sam Katz and how it imploded under the City Hall bug scandal.

Passions surely will run higher over his next project:

A doc about Mumia Abu Jamal, convicted in the 1981 slaying of Philly Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

Hill has landed the help of conspiracy-debunking author Gerald Posner, whose JFK-assassination book, Case Closed, concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and whose book Killing the Dream claims only a low-level plot behind the slaying of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hill's working title is 13th and Locust - the intersection where a marker indicates the spot where Faulkner fell. Abu Jamal is on death row, claiming he didn't get a fair trial.

Hill won't offer his take on Abu Jamal's guilt or innocence. He plans to start writing after doing some leg work, but added he had no plans to interview Abu Jamal, who never bothered to testify anyway.


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