Written by Sam Sheridan and inspired by true events, I Am the Night tells the gripping story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley ), a teenage girl who is given away at birth, and grows up outside of Reno, Nevada. Fauna lives more-or-less comfortably with the mysteries of her origin, until one day she makes a discovery that leads her to question everything. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets of her past, she meets a ruined reporter (Pine), haunted by the case that undid him. Together they follow a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Los Angeles gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Jefferson Mays ), a man involved in some of Hollywood’s darkest debauchery, and possibly, its most infamous unsolved crime.
The project was shot in key iconic Los Angeles locations and landmarks including: Sowden House, Greystone Mansion, Huntington Gardens, Chili John’s, The Boom Boom Room and many more.
The talented roster joining Pine includes India Eisley (Underworld Awakening, Look Away) as Fauna Hodel,Tony Award Winner Jefferson Mays (The Americans, Law & Order: SVU) as George Hodel, Leland Orser (Berlin Station) as Peter Sullivan, Yul Vazquez (Last Flag Flying) as Billis, Dylan Smith (Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Lemonade) as Sepp, Golden Brooks (Girlfriends) as Jimmy Lee, Justin Cornwell (Training Day, We Are Boats) as Terrence Shye, Jay Paulson (Mad Men ) asOhls and Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman) as Corinna Hodel.
Jenkins directs I Am the Night, which is written by Sheridan.The series is produced by Turner’s Studio T, with Jenkins, Michael Sugar (13 Reasons Why, Spotlight), Pine and Sheridan serving as executive producers. Carl Franklin (House of Cards, Homeland) and Victoria Mahoney (Claws ) each direct two episodes.
Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia Podcast to Premiere January 30 on Apple Podcasts and More.
TNT and Cadence13 will release a ground-breaking eight-part podcast documentary series, Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia, a companion to TNT’s six-episode suspense drama I Am the Night. The podcast series will premiere Wednesday, January 30 and joins Turner Podcast Network’s portfolio of podcasts available on Apple Podcasts and many other podcast platforms.
Root of Evil, executive produced by Emmy® award-winner Zak Levitt, EVP of Documentary Contentat Cadence13, is the Hodel family’s story in their own words, a behind-the-scenes revelation of their family’s crimes, secrets and multi-generational struggles carrying the Hodel name. Family members will open up and share their own psychological traumas and perspectives on their ties to Hollywood’s notorious Black Dahlia murder.
Yvette Gentile and Rasha Pecoraro, daughters of Fauna Hodel, host the podcast series in first-person, telling their family’s sprawling story together with other Hodel brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles. This is the first time they have opened up to publicly share their experiences of the family’s dark history with a story that spans generations, including their connection to the infamous Black Dahlia murder.