Petersburg woman creates movie about slave uprising in Dinwiddie

Petersburg woman creates movie about slave uprising in Dinwiddie

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A Petersburg woman has written and is in the process of directing a historical-fiction film, starring many Central Virginia residents.

Tamara Eastman, who lives in Petersburg, said the idea for a movie came to fruition years ago in graduate school. She was working on a project in class at Virginia State University when she was told by a professor that she had to do more with her idea.

Two years later, Eastman is almost done creating a movie that portrays an actual incident post-Revolutionary War, including a slave uprising that happened in Dinwiddie back in 1781.

"The name of the film is 'Insurrection,'" said Eastman said.

Insurrection means a violent uprising against an authority or government, which you will see in this movie, among other twists and turns.

"It is a film about survival," Eastman said. "You will see some people doing bad things because that was required in order to survive. It is a film that shows every white person in the south and many white people were helping the slaves and were against slavery all together."

Eastman has cast mostly area residents including many Petersburg students and a Caroline man named Greg Divers who has appeared in films and TV shows such as Netflix's "House of Cards." Tony Rotherham, a British actor, flew to America to participate too.

"It's going to take people through a whole range of emotions," said Rotherham. "I mean we've got some comedy in there and some real dark stuff in there as well."

The actors film almost every weekend. They hope the film will be released in the fall of 2017 at Virginia State University, where the original idea was sparked.

Eastman says she received a $7,000 stipend, but the majority of this film she paid for out of pocket.

For more information on the film, click here to visit their Facebook page.

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