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Trapped in a future America where African-American citizens are no longer allowed to vote; a young woman finds a group determined to fight back.

  • Dontae Hill
    Director
    Mississippi: 1968
  • Dontae Hill
    Writer
  • Martinique Mims
    Writer
  • Damien McClendon
    Writer
  • DaQuala Hunt
    Writer
  • Dontae Hill
    Producer
  • Ariel Hill
    Key Cast
  • Dontae Hill
    Key Cast
  • Michael Jeffrey Lucas
    Key Cast
  • Damien McClendon
    Key Cast
  • Martinique Mims
    Key Cast
  • DaQuala Hunt
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 7, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Dontae Hill

Dontae Hill is an emerging visual artist, producer, screenwriter, and filmmaker whose works have been exhibited in prominent exhibitions. Born in Alabama 1992, Hill relocated to Ohio and began directing visuals for award winning cinematographers. In 2019, Hill wrote, produced, and directed his debut short film Mississippi: 1968 which quickly garnered several festival selections internationally.

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Director Statement

I utilize historical references through film to portray evocative images, elicit social change, and encourage viewers to examine their own perception. My themes are hope: love, change, fear, and inner-happiness. My current body of work employs vibrant colorful film along with dark, shadow-laden canvases to highlight the aforementioned themes. These themes have existed for centuries but differ amongst populations and shift throughout time. I am interested in the subjectivity of human perception. Self-analytical art breeds communication; communication advances morality.

In the past few years I have created this style of art by using film, canvas, and photography as my main mediums. I have used an array of SLR, DSLR, and mirrorless cameras along with LED and Box lights to test new image techniques. I study the area surrounding my sets and use stand in actors or models to test lights and angles. I also study and in some cases replicate the time period for which my film is set. I've researched techniques from Martin Scorsese and directors of old in order to make characters seem large/threatening, create a unique depth of field by shifting light into the lens, and portray moods.