Private Project

Cotton Clouds

In 1912 Roanoke, Virginia, a young girl struggles to help provide for her family by working in the exhausting conditions of a cotton mill while still holding to the optimism of childhood. This film is inspired by the photography of Lewis Hine, who documented child workers that had become the exploited, cheap laborers upon which America depended.

  • Chloe Shelton
  • Chloe Shelton
  • Kathryn J. Hatam
  • Mikayla Parker
    Key Cast
  • Ian Fortier
    Executive Producers
  • Tyler Lyon
    Executive Producers
  • Dave Perry
    Director of Photography
  • Tyler Lyon
  • Ben Mullen
    Key Grip
  • Jenna Giannini
    Production Designer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    History, Drama
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 25, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cotton Clouds Premiere Screening
    Roanoke, VA
    United States
    March 26, 2019
    World Premiere
  • Cotton Clouds History Museum Screening
    Roanoke, VA
    United States
    April 30, 2019
  • PUSH! Film Festival
    Bristol, TN
    United States
    October 12, 2019
    Tennessee Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Peak City International Film Festival
    Apex, NC
    United States
    September 21, 2019
    North Carolina Premiere
  • Alexandria Film Festival
    Alexandria, VA
    United States
    November 9, 2019
    Alexandria Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Chloe Shelton

Chloe Shelton is a young director on the rise from Southwest Virginia whose work has screened across the United States. With a passion for history and research, she strives to bring the stories of the past to life in order to remind audiences of truths that still hold true today.

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