Noah is a feature-length film from Waltham, Massachusetts-based Identical Films, a production company founded by Anthony and James Deveney, and co-producer Andrew Johnson.
The film is set in an alternate present-day America in which slavery was never abolished and follows an escaped slave named Noah as he tries to flee the country and reach a rumored freedom refuge in Canada. They are submitting the drama/thriller to as many film festivals as they can, though no word on where it’s been accepted yet (I’m sure we’ll find out as the year progresses; it’s still early, and they only just wrapped).
“We wanted the film to be seen as a parallel of our world in which discrimination is still so common. Also, this was a chance to show the horrors of our country’s history. Most important to us, was crafting a story that would stay with a viewer after leaving the theater.”
This is their very first feature film, which was shot from July through to August of 2011 with a Canon 5D and edited on a Macbook Pro. They financed it mostly themselves with donations from friends and family and has a cast comprised of more than 50 actors including my cousin, Derek Theron!