Local actors wanted for new film based on North Dakota lynching

Charles Bannon was the last man lynched in North Dakota in 1931. A movie about his story is being made, and producers are hoping to cast local actors before filming begins in August.

Producers are holding auditions for "End of the Rope," a film based on the story of the last man lynched in North Dakota, Charles Bannon, second from left with the dark hair. Also pictured (from left): State's Attorney J.S. Taylor; Williams County Deputy Sheriff Earl Gorden (in the bow tie); and Sheriff Charles Jacobson. Photo courtesy of State of North Dakota Courts / Special to The Forum
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WATFORD CITY, N.D. — If you live around here and you've ever wanted to act in a Western movie about vigilante justice, you could get your chance this summer.

Producers are looking for North Dakota actors to star in "End of the Rope," a new feature film based on the last lynching in the state's history.

The Forum told the story of the lynching of Charles Bannon last month . Bannon was hanged on Jan. 29, 1931, in Schafer, not far from Watford City. Bannon was accused of killing six members of the Haven family of McKenzie County: Albert, 50; Lulia, 39; Daniel, 18; Leland, 14; Charles, 2; and Mary, 2 months old.

Producer Daniel Bielinksi of Canticle Productions and Bismarck-based production company D&N Cinematics will hold auditions on March 27 in Watford City and March 28 in Bismarck. Virtual auditions are also being accepted.

Bielinski said they're looking for about 40 for the cast and crew, with filming set to begin in August and an official release of the film scheduled for 2022.


"We want to pull as much talent as we can from right here in our area," said Bielinski. "We're excited for the casting and want to encourage people to audition if they think they might be right for a part."

For more information about the parts being cast and audition information, visit or email

Tracy Briggs is a News, Lifestyle and History reporter with Forum Communications with more than 30 years of experience.
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