New Film Examines Amarillo’s Painful Social History

Dec 13, 2017

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A new motion picture is drawing nationwide attention to Amarillo, including an overview in the online news site Vice. The movie, Bomb City, was directed by Amarillo native Jameson Brooks.

The film explores the 1997 murder of Brian Deneke, a member of the Amarillo punk rock scene, by Dustin Camp, a so-called jock. Deneke’s death beneath the wheels of Camp’s car set off a firestorm in Amarillo that eventually made its way onto national news programs and into The New York Times.

Brooks’smovie depicts Deneke’s life and death and the subsequent trial, where Dustin Camp was given probation and a $10,000 fine for the murder. The death of Deneke forced Amarillo to ask some hard questions about who the city protects and who the city villainizes.

Bomb City will be released early next year, and preorders are currently available on iTunes.