POST by Ashley Brim

 Editors: Danielle Statuto, Sarah C. Reeves, and Christian Logan

Editors: Danielle Statuto, Sarah C. Reeves, and Christian Logan

 Foley Artist Chandler Freelander and Foley Mixer Rachel Basset recording at Dodge College

Foley Artist Chandler Freelander and Foley Mixer Rachel Basset recording at Dodge College

 Sound mixing with Thomas Cassetta

Sound mixing with Thomas Cassetta

 Color grade with Caitlin Díaz

Color grade with Caitlin Díaz

 Live Grain Texture Mapping Session with the genius Suny Behar

Live Grain Texture Mapping Session with the genius Suny Behar

SNEAK PEEK by Ashley Brim

Thank you so much for supporting our film, we absolutely couldn’t have done it without you.  Please enjoy these frame grabs from the current cut of AN ACT OF TERROR.

13_Still_SandS.jpg
12_Still_SandS.jpg
17_Still_SandS.jpg
4_Still_SandS.jpg
6_Still_SandS.jpg
5_Still_SandS.jpg
2_Still_SandS.jpg
15_Still_SandS.jpg
1_Still_SandS.jpg
16_Still_SandS.jpg

THANK YOU S&S BACKERS! by Ashley Brim

 Thank you so much for supporting AN ACT OF TERROR.  Your contributions made everything you see in the images below possible.  Thank you also to our incredible actors and crew who came together to tell this story with us.  We couldn’t have done this without you!  Love,  Ashley Brim Riddle, Chris Riddle and Lizz Lyons  Photo Credits: Behind the scenes photos for Days 1-5 are by the awesome  Frank Balthasar .  

Thank you so much for supporting AN ACT OF TERROR.  Your contributions made everything you see in the images below possible.  Thank you also to our incredible actors and crew who came together to tell this story with us.  We couldn’t have done this without you!

Love,

Ashley Brim Riddle, Chris Riddle and Lizz Lyons

Photo Credits: Behind the scenes photos for Days 1-5 are by the awesome Frank Balthasar.  

AND THAT’S A WRAP! by Ashley Brim

Here’s a look at some of the brilliant filmmakers who came together to make AN ACT OF TERROR!

 OUR WRAP PHOTO!

OUR WRAP PHOTO!

 Olivia Washington, Tonya Pinkins, our awesome ensemble of background actors, our day five Camera Department, Script Supervisor and Director

Olivia Washington, Tonya Pinkins, our awesome ensemble of background actors, our day five Camera Department, Script Supervisor and Director

 DP Patrick Jones and Gaffer Cory Skipper

DP Patrick Jones and Gaffer Cory Skipper

 Second AC Sam Kim pinch hitting as our First AC

Second AC Sam Kim pinch hitting as our First AC

 Director Ashley Brim Riddle and Script Supervisor Jessica Floyd

Director Ashley Brim Riddle and Script Supervisor Jessica Floyd

 Property Master Douglas Young and Olivia Washington

Property Master Douglas Young and Olivia Washington

 Set Costumer Rachael Schlick, Key Make-up Artist Megan Deputy and Mystie Smith

Set Costumer Rachael Schlick, Key Make-up Artist Megan Deputy and Mystie Smith

 UPM Jonathan Grubbs and Producer Chris Riddle

UPM Jonathan Grubbs and Producer Chris Riddle

 Associate Producer Kether Abeles

Associate Producer Kether Abeles

 First Team PA Krí Schafer

First Team PA Krí Schafer

 Special Effects mastermind Larry Bivins

Special Effects mastermind Larry Bivins

 Location Manager Amy Harmon

Location Manager Amy Harmon

 Producer Lizz Lyons and Olivia Washington

Producer Lizz Lyons and Olivia Washington

 Make-up Department Head Megan Areford

Make-up Department Head Megan Areford

 Key Grip Mark Overton and Best Boy Grip Jet Eller

Key Grip Mark Overton and Best Boy Grip Jet Eller

 Key Grip Mark Overton and his son, Grip Nellis Overton

Key Grip Mark Overton and his son, Grip Nellis Overton

 DP Patrick Jones, Tonya Pinkins, Rachael Schlick, and Olivia Washington

DP Patrick Jones, Tonya Pinkins, Rachael Schlick, and Olivia Washington

 2nd 2nd Assistant Director Volnerius Rackley

2nd 2nd Assistant Director Volnerius Rackley

 First AC Christian Shonts AKA Shontz-y Cat

First AC Christian Shonts AKA Shontz-y Cat

 Camera PA Sean Crane

Camera PA Sean Crane

 Stunt Coordinator Jennifer Badger, Olivia Washington and Karen Reynolds

Stunt Coordinator Jennifer Badger, Olivia Washington and Karen Reynolds

 2nd 2nd Volnerius Rackley directing the background

2nd 2nd Volnerius Rackley directing the background

 Boom Operator Aaron Mowrer, Olivia Washington, Gaffer Cory Skipper, and DP Patrick Jones.

Boom Operator Aaron Mowrer, Olivia Washington, Gaffer Cory Skipper, and DP Patrick Jones.

 Awesome assistant to Olivia Washington and one-time only leader of the background, Michelle Sturdivant

Awesome assistant to Olivia Washington and one-time only leader of the background, Michelle Sturdivant

 Terrence Clowe, Mystie Smith and Alicia LaShon AKA Henry, Harriett and Charlotte Christian

Terrence Clowe, Mystie Smith and Alicia LaShon AKA Henry, Harriett and Charlotte Christian

 Olivia Washington, Director Ashley Brim Riddle, Mystie Smith, and Kether Abeles

Olivia Washington, Director Ashley Brim Riddle, Mystie Smith, and Kether Abeles

 Tonya Pinkins

Tonya Pinkins

Photography by Frank Balthasar

JAIL by Ashley Brim

Finding a period appropriate prison took us all over.  

 Old Chester County Jail AKA Chester County Historical Society

Old Chester County Jail AKA Chester County Historical Society

Scout_Jail_7.jpg
Scout_Jail_9.jpg
Scout_Jail_3.jpg
Scout_Jail_1.jpg
Scout_Jail_2.jpg
Scout_Jail_8.jpg
Scout_Jail_10.jpg
 Old Iredell County Jail

Old Iredell County Jail

    **Not pictured: All of the ghosts**

 

**Not pictured: All of the ghosts**

MORE LOCATIONS by Ashley Brim

Our search for Ida’s ended in downtown Charlotte.  And then we had to find the connecting locations to take us from historic Brattonsville to the city.

 Fourth Ward, Charlotte, NC

Fourth Ward, Charlotte, NC

Scout_Ida_3.jpg
Scout_Ida_5.jpg
 The residence at Rural Hill

The residence at Rural Hill

 Side street Chester, SC

Side street Chester, SC

 Downtown Chester, SC

Downtown Chester, SC

Scout_Walk_3.jpg
Scout_Walk_4.jpg
 Latta Plantation     **Not pictured: The cat that chased a sheep**

Latta Plantation

 

**Not pictured: The cat that chased a sheep**

A HOME FOR VIRGINIA by Ashley Brim

The scenes in the Christian Residence were very specifically blocked in the script.  We found a lot of one room cabin options at Rural Hill and Latta Plantation but they didn’t work for our story.  When Karl sent photos of the Smith Cabin at Historic Brattonsville, we knew it was the one!

 The road to the Christian Home

The road to the Christian Home

 The Smith Cabin at historic Brattonsville

The Smith Cabin at historic Brattonsville

Scout_Christian_7.jpg
Scout_Christian_8.jpg
Scout_Christian_9.jpg
 The Rustic Cabin at Rural Hill

The Rustic Cabin at Rural Hill

Scout_Christian_1.jpg
Scout_Christian_3.jpg

LOCATIONS LOCATIONS LOCATIONS by Ashley Brim

Oh, the places we went!  Thanks to our awesome Location Manager Amy Harmon and Location Scout Karl Golden, we visited A LOT of amazing places as we scouted AN ACT OF TERROR.  Surprisingly, we saw more schools than anything.  And the courtroom turned out to be our biggest challenge.

 Colonel William Bratton Home in historic Brattonsville, SC

Colonel William Bratton Home in historic Brattonsville, SC

 Another schoolhouse at historic Brattonsville

Another schoolhouse at historic Brattonsville

 The Davidson School at Rural Hill

The Davidson School at Rural Hill

 Iredell County Courthouse

Iredell County Courthouse

 Iredell County Courthouse  **Not pictured: The courthouse Amy miraculously found in Stanley, NC.**

Iredell County Courthouse

**Not pictured: The courthouse Amy miraculously found in Stanley, NC.**

Facing the Truth by Ashley Brim

Virginia Christian was executed by the Commonwealth of Virginia on August 16th, 1912, the day after her seventeenth birthday.  This is the true story that inspired AN ACT OF TERROR. 

Virgie’s story is as bleak as it is true and it is undeniably bleak.  But I believe there is a great deal of hope in telling it, in sharing it.  If our nation and our institutions are to be healed, we must examine stories like Virgie’s.  In school we learn that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves then we skip to the civil rights movement and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.  We never learn about the thousands of racial terror lynchings of African Americans in the South between Reconstruction and World War II.  Or that the rise of legal executions in the South correlates directly with the decline in lynchings in the region.  We don’t talk about that civil war.  Until we do, our understanding of our past is hollow. 

Racial injustice endures because we seem determined to remain blind to its presence in the bedrock of our institutions.  Once you encounter a story like Virgie’s, the truth is impossible to ignore.  I can’t think of a better medium than film to undertake the herculean task of bringing this history to life. 

FORSAKEN – How I met “Virgie” by Ashley Brim

Virginia Christian was executed by the Commonwealth of Virginia on August 16th, 1912, the day after her seventeenth birthday.  This is the true story that inspired AN ACT OF TERROR. 

I first heard about Virginia Christian in February 2016 when my dad sent me a book called FORSAKEN by Ross Howell Jr.  Howell’s deeply researched historical novel follows 18-year-old reporter Charles Mears as he covers his first murder case, the trial of Virginia Christian for the murder of Ida Belote in Hampton, Virginia. 

As I read, I became as obsessed with the grave injustice Virgie faced as the book’s protagonist is.  My mind reeled.  How did this happen in an American courtroom?  Why haven’t I ever heard of a 16-year-old girl who died in the electric chair?  When did it stop being legal to execute children?  What has been done to make our institutions more fair so that something like this never happens again?

I hope that Virgie’s story will spark a conversation about the shameful parts of our history--Jim Crow, lynching, terror, and racism--that we must squarely face in order to honestly build a society in which there is true equality.

An Act of Terror by Ashley Brim

The Commonwealth of Virginia sentenced 16 year old Virginia Christian to death by electrocution in 1912.  AN ACT OF TERROR tells Christian's story from her point of view. Through her eyes we see how our flawed our institutions and criminal justice system can be.

Written by: Ashley Brim Riddle and Rachel Rush

Directed by: Ashley Brim Riddle

Produced by: Chris Riddle

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @anactofterror and on Tumblr as we prepare to shoot An Act of Terror and to learn more about Virginia Christian.