Movie about local man opens nationally

Actor Rick Schroder was in attendance at the opening night gala of 'The 18th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival ' for the movie "Blood Done Sign My Name" on Wednesday Feb. 10, 2010 in Los Angeles. (Earl Gibson III)

February 22, 2010 5:29:58 AM PST
"Blood Done Sign My Name" opens Friday in theaters across the country, including Charlotte and Raleigh.

The movie is about the 1970 murder of a black man in North Carolina and the trial that resulted in the acquittals of white men.

It's based on the memoir, "Blood Done Sign My Name," by Tim Tyson, a Duke University professor who grew up in Oxford during the time of the shooting and trial.

Screenwriter Jeb Stuart, who directed "Blood," is best known for writing action films such as "Die Hard" and "The Fugitive." The movie was filmed in North Carolina, mostly in Monroe and Shelby, and stars Nate Parker and Rick Schroder.

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