We last updated you on this project, currently in post-production, at the end of December, when Emmanuel posted this entry regarding its whereabouts. According to Savannahnow.com, the Annette Haywood-Carter-helmed drama, held a private screening at the Trustees theater for an audience of approximately 400 people, including the film’s cast and crew.
Savannah is based on the research of the life of Ward Allen by John Cay‘s father; Cay, who introduced the film to the audience, is one of the producers of the film.
Ward Allen, a 19th century aristocrat, (played by Jim Caviezel) was a duck hunter who supplied birds for the local market. His hunting partner and best friend was Christmas Moultrie, who is played in the film by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Moultrie is a freed slave who was born into slavery at Mulberry Grove Plantation just before the end of the Civil War. According to the report, Ejiofor is “wonderful in arguably the movie’s most nuanced role.”
‘Savannah’ tells the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic naturalist in the vein of Thoreau, a man of privilege who turned his back on a life of material comfort and a fiery romance with the love of his life to become a market hunter. With his life-long friend and business partner, a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, Ward tried to navigate the vicissitudes of social, industrial, environmental and personal change that threatened their way of life.
Savannah is set for release this year, although, no word yet on a specific date. Here’s the trailer below. Aside from the make-up job on Ejiofor, I can’t say I’m not interested. However, I would have been more interested in a film from the point of view of Chiwetel’s character. By the way, the film is slightly based on Christmas Moultie’s biography.