Charlottesville Filmmakers Shine Light on Racial History at Tom Tom Event
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville filmmakers are discussing the untold stories of Charlottesville and shining a light on the city's racial history.
During a free screening at the Vinegar Hill Theater on Tuesday, April 9, Tanesha Hudson and Lorenzo Dickerson shared their passion for filmmaking while also hoping to spread a message of diversity in Charlottesville.
The two are working to change the narrative around the city's history.
“There’s so many untold stories and there are these spaces that we frequent every day and we pass every day," Dickerson said.
Dickerson and Hudson hosted a preview of their two upcoming films Tuesday night as part of the eighth annual Tom Tom Festival.
“To be able to share these local stories - these untold stories - that we don't often hear about – and it’s great that Tom Tom is bringing this to light," Dickerson said.
Tom Tom founder Paul Beyer says having tough conversations about Charlottesville's past is what the festival is all about.
“The idea is to look at some of the painful histories of Charlottesville, to have a way to better understand collectively our past," Beyer said.
Hudson's film, “A Legacy Unbroken: A Story of Black Charlottesville,” highlights the history of people who grew up in historically black neighborhoods throughout the city.
“Focus on the richness and the real greatness in the community and start to tell that story, because often times we don't hear how great our people are,” Hudson said.
Dickerson's film, called "3rd Street," focuses on the racial history of the Paramount Theater and its formerly segregated entrance and box office.
“There’s so many stories involved with those spaces that we don't know about here locally, they're not taught in schools and they're not told regularly,” Dickerson said.
Organizers say embracing the city's past is important when it comes to making progress in Charlottesville.
“Without understanding our history and our shared past, I think it’s really hard to talk about the future," Beyer said.
Both Hudson and Dickerson's films are set to be released sometime this summer, and both are planning viewing parties for them in Charlottesville.