The Curious Case of McKinley Nolan
The search for answers in the McKinley Nolan story continues. In this article in the June 2011 of Vietnam Magazine, just out on newstands, I follow up with McKinley’s brother Michael Nolan as he presses his legal case against the leaders of the Khmer Rouge for the murder of his brother. Thanks to his brilliant Cambodian legal team, Michael was officially accepted as one of a handful of Western plaintiffs in the UN sponsored Khmer Rouge tribunal. And in another rare move, The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan, Henry Corra’s intense documentary film about Michael’s search for his brother was submitted as evidence in the case. The film joins a select company of new documentaries that have appeared as evidence in criminal cases including Joe Berlinger’s Crude: The Real Price of Oil – outtakes were subpoenaed in a pollution lawsuit against Chevron this year – and Marina Zenovich’s Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, which was cited by Polanski’s defense lawyers as they sought to dismiss a statutory rape case against the famous director in 2009.
Lost In the Killing Fields
The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan, an incredible documentary directed by Henry Corra and produced by actor Danny Glover is making another festival run. This article, Lost in the Killing Fields, which appeared in Penthouse in 2008, is a behind the scenes snapshot of the film before it was finished. Just so you get the picture, the greatest journalist of our generation, Jon Lee Anderson, who writes for The New Yorker, called the film “Profoundly moving. An unexpected reminder that in America’s closet labeled ‘Vietnam’ there are not only skeletons, but ghosts.” And globetrotting thespian George Hamilton, who saw the film at a sneak peek screening in Phnom Penh, called the film “A visceral road-run through a landscape of faces, emotions, pain and war. Michael Nolan is an incredible presence; he fills the screen with his tireless and noble spirit.” For more info check out: www.mckinleynolan.com
Unredacted Captain Blood
As promised, here is my unexpurgated full-length story of Zalin Grant’s 2002 search for Sean Flynn and Dana Stone in Cambodia. It was originally commissioned by Outside Magazine, which dropped it for unspecified reasons. I sold it on the rebound to Brit magazine JACK (now defunct), which didn’t have much room for the piece but the editor-in-chief really wanted it or at least some of it so he simply did a Khmer Rouge number on it – he butchered it, keeping the head and tossing the body. It was published with my original title The Continuing Search for the Son of Captain Blood (see previous posting). I’m posting it now in response to renewed interest in the Flynn case.