ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- Destined to be told. That’s what you could say about Trenton Lumpkin’s film “Through Her Eyes” film.
“So originally the story was supposed to be shot down in Alabama and we actually went we had all the locations. Man I couldn’t ask for a better set, but we ended up losing the footage.”
The local film director shot the film, the first time, in Selma, Alabama. It was part of his Master’s thesis at Savannah College of Art and design.
Determined to bring the film to fruition, Trenton had to regroup.
“We didn’t have the money to shoot and we literally invested everything we had the first time in Alabama. But the second time we were home. Word was getting out about what we were trying to do and the right people just came to us and they wanted to be a part of the project, so it made it so much better and so much more worthwhile,” he said.
He adds that tears were shed when the original footage was lost.
"It was our baby but then when we both realize that the story was meant to be something bigger then I realized that maybe this happened for a reason. maybe the footage was meant to be lost so we can make this feature length film.”
Thanks to the change of events,“Through Her Eyes” was able to shoot mainly in Georgia. This allowed movie makers to cast some well-known local talent.
The film stars Rayven Ferrell. She is known for her roles in "All Eyez on Me", "The Hate U Give", and "Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story."
“Rayven came through literally I think two days before filming we got her the script. She fell in love with it and next thing I knew she was here. She rehearsed her lines on the way here and when she just got here we just polished it up and I really didn’t have to do much, she’s a natural, she’s amazing.”
“Through Her Eyes” is loosely based on events that happened in Selma, Alabama during the 1960’s. Rayven plays Rosalee, a teenager struggling to find the confidence to attend an all white high school. She faces injustice and prejudice on her pursuit of equality.
Once the film was shot it faced another round of hurdles. Promoting was abruptly cut after Coronavirus hit.
Trenton is hoping this summer will be his big break.
“We will definitely be releasing it this summer nothings going to get in the way,it’s a long battle.”
Trenton is hoping “Through her eyes” will be premiere June or July.