Award winning playwright Katori Hall, will be returning to her home city of Memphis, TN to make her film directorial debut titled "Arkabutla."
Hall wrote the play "The Mountaintop" a fictional story about Martin Luther King's last night at the Lorraine Motel in downtown Memphis, TN. Hall's first film will be a narrative short based on "a true-life incident she witnessed as a teenager." According to Shadow and Act the film will possibly in black and white, in mid-October with a budget of about $30,000-50,000.
On her film debut Hall says, “I don’t think of it as transitioning, I think of it as straddling. I don’t ever want to leave theater. In theater, the fact that you are in the room with the audience means the story is a living, breathing, transmural thing… With film, you’ll reach more people than you would in a theater, but also the visual experience is more all-encompassing.”