Alabama’s Own Whitney Hamilton Filming UNION Movie in Alabama!
What a pleasure it was to sit down with Union Movie’s writer, producer, and director Whitney Hamilton last fall to talk about her upcoming feature film during filming at Montevallo’s Spring Creek Prop Farm, owned by Len Ward. This native-born Alabamian, currently living in Brooklyn, New York, is not only a filmmaker, but a writer, artist, and actor, as well.
Hamilton shared her inspiration for the film, the storyline, historical significance and themes running throughout the film. The original inspiration came from Joan of Arc, as well as the book, Firefly, written by Hamilton, and the research she had done on Civil War-time women who dressed themselves as men to survive the experience.
She also shared ways horse folks can get involved to help support the making of this movie. One supporter of the Union Movie, who provided horses for the shoot, is Libby Shackelford of Carousel O Breeds Farm in Montevallo, Alabama. Libby hauled horses to the nearby shoot and assisted the film crew throughout the day while caring for the horses. Joking with Shackelford during filming, Hamilton said, “Ms. Libby, your horse stopped and smiled at the camera.” Spoken like a true horseman, Shackelford quickly replied, “I trained her to do that!”
Speaking of the somewhat controversial nature of the Union Movie plot, a love story between a woman who is attempting to survive the Civil War and a woman who disguises herself as a man to do the same, and how she thought audiences would accept it, Hamilton shrugged her shoulders and said, “Love is love.”
‘Love is love’ is exactly how the film’s main theme comes across in clips on the movie’s website, Union-Movie.com. And it is with love that this movie is being made. A passion of the writer, actor, and director (Hamilton), but also of the many supporters who have donated to have this independent film come to life. According to the website, the filming is half way complete and will be finished this coming summer.
The film is mostly being shot at various locations around the state of Alabama, including Spring Creek Prop Farm in Montevallo, Tannehill State Park, Selma Battlefield, Talladega National Forest, Fort Gaines in Mobile, Jacksonville, Ashville, and Morris Avenue in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.
To find out more about Union Movie and filmmaker Whitney Hamilton and to donate at Fractured Atlas, please visit the movie website here. In the meantime, watch Southern Horse Talk’s interview with Whitney Hamilton and Len Ward below, then stay tuned for updates by liking the Southern Horse Talk Facebook PAGE, joining the Southern Horse Talk Facebook GROUP, and of course, visiting the Southern Horse Talk website often!
Big thanks to Whitney Hamilton for interviewing with Southern Horse Talk!