Producer, actor talk new movie based on Oklahoma City bombing


The Oklahoma City bombing is coming to the big screen, and on the 22nd anniversary of the largest domestic terrorism incident in U.S. history, the makers of the movie joined FOX 25.

Former Little Rock radio host Princella Smith has developed a screenplay titled 'Beauty for Ashes', based on the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

“We want to highlight the unknown heroes of the day,” Smith said.

Smith says she was inspired by hearing some of the stories of survivors and first responders who were on the scene.

The 'Beauty for Ashes' plot centers around Captain Chris Fields, the firefighter known for a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of him holding deceased one-year-old Baylee Almon.

“I never considered myself a hero," said Fields. "My entire personal life took a hit. My marriage. My sanity. But, God brought me through it, and I want others to know the importance of recognizing PTSD so that they can get real help.”

Actor Kyle Roark will play fictional firefighter Jackson Mays, whose character he says is a compilation of may of the heroes of that day. Roark says his character will highlight the struggle to return to normalcy after the events of the bombing.

Baylee's mother Aren Almon-Kok will also be a focus of the film.

“For years, I was haunted by the photo of my dead child being shown all over the world," said Almon-Kok. "What once tortured me, I now use as an opportunity to tell others that they can make it through even the worst of situations.”

Also to be featured in the film are Dr. Raymund King, a doctor at the Oklahoma University Medical Center, and Diana Bradley who was the last survivor to be removed from the rubble.

On April 19, 1995, an explosion carried out by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 people, including 19 children, and leveled a third of the Federal building in downtown Oklahoma City.

Smith's screenplay 'Beauty for Ashes' is currently a a finalist in the 2017 Nashville Film Festival's Screenplay competition.

Smith says the movie is slated to be released around this time next year. For more details, visit the 'Beauty for Ashes' website and Facebook page.

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