Alpha Dog (Before Hollywood) video

A video featuring some stills from "Alpha Dog" (2006) and photos of the actors who starred in the film directed by Nick Cassavetes.

Songs "If you see her, say hello" by Bob Dylan and "Before Hollywood" by The Go-Betweens.

"Charged with murder in 2000, pot dealer Jesse James Hollywood fled to Brazil, where he was captured in 2005. Alpha Dog is based on Hollywood's life. In his recent trial, Hollywood claimed innocence to the charge that he ordered the death of a rival's 15-year-old brother, who he and friends abducted.On July 8, Hollywood was found guilty of first-degree murder and kidnapping.

The 29-year-old Hollywood (see mug shot at left) followed his father into the marijuana trade. He says he was making $120,000 a year by 2000, when a beef with a friend who owed him $1,200 got out of hand.
As told in Alpha Dog, Johnny Trulove (Emile Hirsch) forced Elvis (Shawn Hatosy) to shoot Zack (Anton Yelchin). In real life, Ryan Hoyt is on death row at San Quentin for the murder of Nicholaus Markowitz, brother of Ben (a very scary Ben Foster in Alpha Dog)". Source:

"The now-29-year-old was convicted Wednesday of first degree murder by a Santa Barbara jury of nine women and three men. The conviction comes with a special circumstance enhancement that means Hollywood faces either death or life in state prison without the possibility of parole.Emile Hirsch as Johnny Truelove (aka Jesse James Hollywood in "Alpha Dog").
When asked if she was relieved it was over, Susan Markowitz — who has remained stoic throughout the trial — responded, “It’ll never be over.” She added, “I’m ready to carry Nick’s memory into the world,” telling reporters she intended to come out with a book in the coming months.

Ben Markowitz, who has shouldered much of the guilt for his actions leading to his brother’s murder, was content. “It’s just a big relief. The last thing I want is for [Hollywood] to be free”, he said just before walking up to his father, Jeff, and stepmother Susan to hug them, the group filled with smiles".

*I want to dedicate this post to Susan Markowitz and his son Nicholas Markowitz's memory, in the hopes that J.J. Hollywood's trial and verdict can bring some peace to all the involved people's lives.

"Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice"
-Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

"Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin"
-Dwight David Eisenhower.