October 24, 2019
Harriet, November 2, 2019
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Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
Filmed in Richmond, Virginia, the Harriet team made great efforts to reduce their environmental impact during production. Starting in the office, the production team reused office supplies and furniture from a previous local production as well as the Virginia Film Office. They set up recycling and established digital distribution for scripts and schedules. When they did print, they purchased 100% recycled content paper. They also installed a water filtration unit in their office to reduce plastic bottles.
These practices continued on set where reusable bottles and water dispensers were provided to crew. There was very little set building on Harriet, as it was mostly filmed on location, but $60,000 worth of train cars, trailers, and set materials that they did build was donated to Governor’s Antiques. Additionally, the Construction, Set Decoration, Costumes, and Production departments donated thousands of dollars worth of materials including furniture, towels, blankets, and clothing to local organizations including Diversity Thrift, Habitat for Humanity, RSPCA, St. Joseph’s Villa, and the Virginia Film Commission. These practices and more led to Harriet receiving a 2019 EMA Green Seal.