Light In Us Dark Ones

A narrative biography set in the late 1950s-1970s based on the life of Dr. Valerie Batts. One of UNC Chapel Hill's first African American students to attend and graduate as a distinguished alumnus.

  • Alicia Buckner
    Last Warning Shot
  • Alicia Buckner
    Last Warning Shot
  • Alicia Buckner
    Last Warning Shot
  • Ilia Jones
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Gademske
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 8 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 19, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    83,070 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Alicia Buckner

Fôlsheart Productions was established in early 2018 by U.S. Navy Veteran Alicia Buckner, nicknamed "Ali" (pronounced Ah-Lee). Ali is a proud Dominican-American born and raised in New York. Ali prides herself on consistently bringing diverse voices together in front of and behind the camera.

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Director Statement

This film based on a true story. Highlighting an instrumental leader, Dr. Batts, within the Black community of UNC Chapel Hill. Peppered throughout are possibilities and solutions to real world problems that still exist within our society today. While we follow Valerie's young interracial love story, we see how one of the first interracial marriages in Chapel Hill, North Carolina came about.