Private Project

Park View

The 1990 murder of Talana Kreeger, in the Southern coastal community of Wilmington, NC, still challenges our assumptions about legal, religious, and media responses to LGBTQ hate crimes.

  • Tab Ballis
    Director
    "My Marriage Is Not Threatened By Gay Marriage in North Carolina," "Tools and Techniques for Family Therapy"
  • Tab Ballis
    Producer
  • Stephen Sprinkle
    Associate Producers
    "Unfinished Lives"
  • Michael Davenport
    Associate Producers
  • Laura McLean
    Soundtrack
  • Film Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Crime, Media, LGBTQ, Religion, Murder, South, Wilmington, North Carolina, Lesbian, Hate Crime
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 22, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Tab Ballis

Tab Ballis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wilmington, NC who extends the potential for the expression of human stories through his media consulting firm, Family Tree Productions. Tab is a faculty member of the University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Social Work, and has also created video and online educational programs for academic and human service organizations.

In 2013, he received the NASW Media Award for Documentaries, in recognition of the short film produced in collaboration with Andy Myers of Working Films, "My Marriage Is Not Threatened By Gay Marriage In North Carolina." http://www.socialworkersspeak.org/hollywood-connection/and-the-2013-nasw-media-award-winners-are.html

In 2014 and 2015, he directed and produced video interviews illuminating the lives of LGBTQ elders on the Wilmington Cape Fear Coast, in service of the SAGE Story grants provided by the national Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders organization. http://www.sageusa.org/programs/sagestory-watch.cfm

Tab has served as executive producer and creative/technical consultant for numerous studio and independent film productions, in collaboration with the film community of Wilmington, NC

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Director Statement

As a social worker, I witness and reflect on the stories of people's lives... stories that are enlightening, poignant, tragic and humorous... which I cannot share. In service of the social work value of advocacy for the most vulnerable populations, the opportunity for merging my instincts as a storyteller and social worker came through the local news coverage of a horrific hate crime in 1990 that took the life of 32-year-old lesbian Talana Kreeger. The print and broadcast reporting of her murder was replete with graphic descriptions of the carnage wrought by long distance trucker Ronald Thomas, while Talana remained a "body found in the woods," as her killer was humanized in the photos and narrative.

As the United States advances from the historic Supreme Court decision affirming marriage equality, we are now confronted by institutionalized hate directed towards LGBTQ citizens through regressive legislation proposed and enacted in many states. In particular, it appears that a false sense of security has made these communities more vulnerable to the specter of hate crimes in recent years... and these attacks are disproportionately directed towards individuals who are too old, too young, too poor, too isolated to insulate themselves from harm.

In light of the reality that legal hate crime protections for LGBTQ citizens are still lacking in many parts of the U.S., including North Carolina... I am excited about the completion of Park View, a documentary film project that will resonate nationally to create awareness of this ongoing threat to basic human rights, and its inconsistent coverage in the media.