BHS grad produces gangster movie set for national release

Lauren de Normandie is coming back to the Bainbridge Pavilion.

The Bainbridge High School grad, and former Pavilion employee, is coproducer of the crime drama “Gangster Land,” playing in theaters nationwide — including Bainbridge Cinemas — now.

There’s fame, and then there is infamy.

During the height of Prohibition in Chicago, Al Capone was both favorite son and public enemy number one. With the help of his Tommy Gun wielding right-hand man “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn, they waged a war of murder and mayhem on the streets of Chicago, the brutal story of which is brought to vivid life in “Gangster Land.”

The film stars Sean Faris and Milo Gibson, and also features an all star supporting cast that includes Jason Patric, “The Sopranos” star Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Peter Facinelli.

The story of America’s most famous mobster and his rise to power, “Gangster Land” examines Capone’s ascension as seen through the eyes of his second in command McGurn (Faris).

Once an amateur boxer, McGurn is lured into the Italian mafia after the murder of his stepfather. Upon joining, he rises swiftly through the ranks along with friend and eventual Boss, Capone (Gibson). As the Italian mob becomes the most lucrative criminal organization in the country, tensions build with “Bugs” Moran (Facinelli) and the Irish mob which ignites a brutal gang war culminating with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

It’s a modern myth in stark, bold American style, said the director, Timothy Woodward Jr.

“The gangster film is a classic and celebrated genre,” he said “It was an honor to be able to recreate such an iconic part of American history.”

The film was written by Ian Patrick Williams, and produced by the director, de Normandie, Terence Sims, James Cullen Bressack and Jarrett Furst.

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