Instead, she wonders “did anyone know” about the grisly tragedy before it made international headlines. That mystery figures prominently in the plot of “Sahkanaga,” written and directed by Huey’s former student, John Henry Summerour.
The feature film, which starts a one-week run in Chattanooga this Friday — about 20 miles from where authorities discovered the gruesome remains of bodies hidden in the woods, dumped in holes and stacked in vaults — has attracted considerable buzz, but when Huey was sent a draft of Summerour’s first film script she discouraged him from pursuing it further.
“I wrote him back something really nasty,” said Huey, a retired Walker County drama teacher. She had no interest in re-living the story that cast a dark shadow over this small northwest Georgia community.
But eventually, she was assured that Summerour’s intent was restorative, not sensational.
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