FULL-LENGTH FEATURE: IN DEVELOPMENT

Dill by Elinor TeeleAmidst the turmoil of the American Revolution, a young & fiercely intelligent African woman grapples with love, independence, and her role in an unusual New England trial.

Inspired by true events.

FILM VALUE

  • 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

COMPS

POSITIONING STATEMENT

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.

SUMMARY

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.

DEVELOPMENT

Consultants

Initial drafts of this script have received input from:

Readings

  • 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.

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