FULL-LENGTH FEATURE: IN DEVELOPMENT
Amidst the turmoil of the American Revolution, a young & fiercely intelligent enslaved woman in Massachusetts falls in love with a Harvard-educated minister and must fight for the right to live as she chooses.
Inspired by true events.
- Optioned by Boston-based producer Nerissa Williams Scott of TCGT Entertainment
- Roxbury International Film Festival: Daily Reads Selection
- Strong Black female lead + supporting role for a Nigerian actress
- 21st century political themes
- Eligible for Massachusetts production incentives
- Covid-ready—small cast; few sets
- Commitment to community (e.g. internships, inclusion rider, etc.)
- Budget & schedule available for review
DILL is a unique 18th century period piece about the experience of African women in a time of slavery and revolution – a romantic New England love story with a deeply political undertone.
Based on a true story, DILL is the tale of an African teenager, living in Massachusetts in 1772, who has a life-changing love affair in a time when slavery was thought to be the norm. As the Revolutionary War begins, Dill’s quest for self-determination—and the right to love whom she chooses—is constantly being thwarted by 18th century personal and political issues. When the fallout from Dill’s affair results in a local trial, Dill has a critical choice to make. It will take all her strength and courage to achieve her dream of freedom.
Initial drafts of this script have received input from:
- Benny Sato Ambush: Boston theatre director & Artistic Director of the Venice Theatre
- Sherard Harrington: UNH historian working with Dr. Kabria Baumgartner
- Professor Gloria Chuku: Igbo historian
- A private reading/workshop took place on May 25, 2020 with AEA actors, Scott, a Boston-based film editor, Ambush, and Harrington.
- A public reading of the first act with an actor talkback took place on June 22, 2021 at the Roxbury International Film Festival.