Uzo Aduba co-stars alongside Maggie Grace in an indie drama feature film titled “Showing Roots,” which follows the seemingly intriguing tale of what happens to a racially segregated, small, Southern USA town in 1977, when the TV miniseries saga “Roots” premiered that year.
Aduba and Grace play two residents of the town who are inspired by the miniseries, and join forces to integrate their community. Of course, it’s a lot easier said than done, as the town’s mostly ignored ugly racial history comes to the fore, disrupting their progress.
Cicely Tyson (who starred in the original ‘Roots’), Elizabeth McGovern and Adam Brody round out the starring cast of the dramedy.
Michael Wilson (“The Trip to Bountiful”) is the film’s director, with a script penned by “One Life to Live” actress Susan Batten. Principal photography took place in Baton Rouge, LA early last year.
Michael Mailer, Batten, and Nick Thurlow are producers.
Bill Haber, Jeff Hayes, Alan Helene, and Jennifer Gelfer are executive producers.
The film is complete and has begun touring the film festival circuit, winning the “Spirit of Freedom: Narrative Award” at the Bahamas Film Festival, as well as the “Best Feature Film” award the Maryland International Film Festival earlier this month, and is next heading to the Newport Film Festival which kicks off tomorrow.
There doesn’t appear to be a distributor attached at this time.
For more information about ‘Showing Roots,’ visit ShowingRootsMovie.com.
A first teaser-trailer for the film has been released and is embedded below.