Historic trial re-enactment documentary seeks extras

October 4, 2016

If you’ve ever dreamed of appearing on the silver screen, the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has an opportunity for you.

The federal court needs extras to appear in a re-enactment of the 1912 Indianapolis trial following the bombing of a newspaper office in Los Angeles. Twenty-one people were killed in the blast and 38 members of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers were eventually convicted.

For the re-enactment, the court is looking for a number of Caucasian men, age 16 and older, to appear as the defendants. These are non-speaking roles but the men will be given period clothing to wear during the filming.

The men portraying the defendants will need to at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 E Ohio St., Indianapolis, from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. They will each be paid $50 per day.

Also, the court needs people to appear as spectators in the re-enactment. Anyone, regardless of age, race or gender, is welcome to take a seat in the courtroom gallery. These extras will have to be at the federal courthouse from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. The positions are unpaid. 
The trial re-enactment will be part of an hourlong documentary about the history of the federal courts in Indiana which is expected to air next spring on public television stations across the state. Anyone interested in participating in the filming should contact Doria Lynch, court historian for the Southern District, as soon as possible at doria_lynch@insd.uscourts.gov.

If you can’t wait until the documentary, the Southern District will be taking a look at the 199-year history of the federal courts in Indiana. The continuing legal education symposium will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom (courtroom 202) in the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Court House in Indianapolis.  

For the event, Lynch will talk about the early history of the court, then clerks and judges from the northern and southern districts will discuss their courts.

Registration is required for this event and can be made by emailing to rsvp@insd.uscourts.gov. The deadline for registration is today, Oct. 4. For more information, contact Lynch.



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