Watson Film Project to Create an Independent Action Film

The Watson Film Project will create an independent film about the dynamics surrounding the life of outlaw Edgar Watson, born in 1855, who lived in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. He was gunned down by 20 of his neighbors E. J. Watson at a trading post on the little Island of Chokoloskee, in South Florida, on October 24, 1910. No one was charged with his murder. Why and how his life brought him to that moment is the focus of the film.

The movie will briefly visit a conflict that occurred between Watson and the notorious woman-outlaw Belle Starr, too, when he was living for a short time in the Oklahoma Territories, which resulted in Starr's death and Watson and his family fleeing to the Ten Thousand Islands in the primitive southern-most reaches of Florida.

The style and personality of Watson becomes apparent as he starts and develops a sugar cane and sugar cane syrup business exploiting people of color, and runaway or ex-convicts killing some of them rather than paying them off at the end of cane season, causing building concern among his permanent neighbors living in the frontier that was South Florida in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Sherrif and Deputy

The life, loves, actions, and the dynamic of his personality that made Watson so dangerously different from those who lived around him will be developed and examined in the film, as will those of the mostly non-violent people who eventually came to the conclusion that they could no longer let him live and must take the law into their own hands.

The movie will be filled with real-life characters from the era that runs from 1885 through 1910. This movie is inspired, but not based on a popular trilogy, Killing Mr. Watson, Lost Man's River, and Bone by Bone, written by award winning novelist Peter Matthiessen. Matthiessen’s popularization and the famed classic about the very same region, River of Grass, by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, has led the public to have a great interest in the life that was lived in the Everglades at the turn of the 20th Century, and as a result, members of The Watson Project Board were encouraged to undertake producing a movie about this era.

Bill House

Some of the possible participants in The Watson Film Project are Larry Block, author of the play Killing Mr. Watson, who is writing the screenplay and will direct the movie. The producers are Kevin Scobie, sculptor, actor, and movie producer, and Lynn McMillin, curator of the Smallwood Store & Museum Foundation, and grand-daughter of Ted Smallwood, founder of the trading post and post office, where the killing of Watson, occurred. Respected commercial videographer Terrence Kean will be Director of Photography, and highly skilled sound technician George Cascio will both record sound and compose music for the film. A key role will be played by internationally-known narrator of Court TV's The Forensic Files and the voice of the History Channel, Peter Thomas.

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