Jan. 29, 2004
The Devil -- from the Book to
HAUTE, Ind. — H.H.
Holmes, Daniel Burnham, Frank Millet, John Root, Louis Sullivan,
Marshall Field, Philip Armour, Mayor Carter Harrison.
All were notable figures in Chicago's rich history. But for a short time their lives were intertwined in the madness, mayhem and murder associated with the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. While it is difficult to find persons who remember the spectacle that occurred nearly 111 years ago, a new generation is discovering the real-life drama in the pages of "The Devil in the White City."
Noted author Erik Larson has woven it into a New York Times best seller. Now a Hoosier native faces the challenge of making it a box-office draw. Christopher Kyle, who grew up 185 miles away from Chicago, is currently weaving the story into a screenplay for Paramount Pictures and Tom Cruise's production Company.
While Larson and Kyle are working the high-powered Hollywood route, a Chicago native funded, wrote and produced his own account of events. Independent filmmaker John Borowski zeroed in on the activities of H.H. Holmes, America's first serial killer.
Three men, three different roads. On Feb. 11 and 12 their paths will cross at Indiana State University.
Borowski's documentary, H.H. Holmes, will be shown at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 in Indiana State University's Cunningham Memorial Library. Larson and Kyle, together for the first time, will talk about what it takes to bring this story from the page to the silver screen on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede I Activity Center. Borowski will be in attendance.
A press conference with Larson and Kyle is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Feb. 12. Borowski will be available by appointment. Conference calls with all three are possible during the following times: 1:30 - 2 p.m. or from 3- 4:30 p.m.
Don't miss this opportunity to cover three men and their quest to tell one gripping story.