Bloody Haymarket Conviction

When a mother visits her dying son, old wounds from childhood are unearthed; wounds that can’t easily be healed. The mother is Lucy Parsons, fierce lifelong defender of the working class. The son is Albert Parsons, Jr., whose father was the face of the 1880s Chicago labor movement and was hanged for it. Albert Jr. spends his final days in a tuberculosis sanitarium outside Chicago and through young Albert’s eyes we witness the grizzly events unfold that become known as the Haymarket Square Riot.

  • Eric J Coleman
  • Eric J Coleman
  • David McGrath
  • Wayne Kupferer
  • Jenny M Miller
  • Tonya Simmons
    Key Cast
    "Lucy Parsons"
  • Eric K. Roberts
    Key Cast
    "Albert Parsons, Jr"
  • Peter Murray
    Key Cast
    "Albert Parsons, Sr"
  • Matthew Stanley
    Key Cast
    "Samuel Fielden"
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  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 11, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,150 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Aspect Ratio:
    Full Screen
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Director Biography - Eric J Coleman

Eric Coleman grew up in Redondo Beach California, where he has run for political office three times in largely satirical campaigns. He got his feet wet in cable access television before traveling to Canada to attend Vancouver Film School. After moving to Chicago in 2008, he has gone on to collaborate in numerous theatrical productions and film projects, including Bloody Haymarket, which was inspired by his experiences as a tour guide. He currently teaches ESL and Theater at University of the Potomac.

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Director Statement

I am pleased and proud of my core of friends who share an immense enthusiasm in bringing these important historic events to light.