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CONGRATS to Annette McGivney's film deal for Pure Land!


DETROIT, MI, [November 9, 2018] – The bestselling story behind Annette McGivney's Pure Land is now in development with a film studio, the first of several AUXmedia titles slated for future screen versions.

Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth (2017) has received critical acclaim and is based on the true story of journalist Annette McGivney’s 10-year odyssey reporting on the murder of Japanese hiker Tomomi Hanamure in the Grand Canyon. The book addresses powerful themes around the cycle of family violence as well as the healing power of nature. The story spans from the Grand Canyon to the southern tip of Japan.

"I'm touched that this story has touched the hearts of so many people and now has the chance to make it to the screen," said McGivney.

Pure Land was published by AUXmedia, which develops book-to-screen projects and specializes in diverse stories. The film studio, Silver Heart Productions, is run by producer Michael D. Jones, whose work includes Kill the Irishman (2011), which featured Vincent D’Onofrio and Val Kilmer.

About Pure Land
Tomomi Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the rugged wilderness of the American West, was killed on her birthday in 2006, stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Her killer was an 18-year old Havasupai youth named Randy Redtail Wescogame who had a history of robbing tourists and was addicted to meth. As the indigenous people of the Grand Canyon, the Havasupai once called the entire natural wonder their home before being forced onto a 500-acre reservation. Annette McGivney covered the murder and the plight of the tribe for Backpacker magazine and wrote an award-winning article that received more reader mail than any story in the last decade.

A woman who also enjoys wilderness hiking, McGivney felt a bond with Hanamure and embarked on a years-long pursuit to learn more about her, traveling to Japan and across the American West through Native American lands and national parks that Hanamure left in her journals. McGivney also felt a connection to Wescogame, Hanamure's killer, and her reporting unexpectedly triggered long-buried memories about violent abuse McGivney experienced as a child.

Pure Land is a story of this inner and outer journey, how two women in search of their true nature found transcendence in the West's most spectacular landscapes. It is also a tale of how child abuse leads to violence and destroys lives. And it is, ultimately, a story of healing.

Exciting news for our author Annette McGivney!
Once Upon A Crime | True Crime : The Next Chapter: PureLand Author Annette McGivney

Exciting news for our author Annette McGivney!

PureLand is the story of the brutal murder of a young Japanese tourist named Tomomi Hanamure who was found stabbed to death while hiking to Grand Canyon's Havasu Falls.  But, it is also the story of three cultures - Japanese, American and Native American, the cycle of family violence, nature, s...

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