The Making of History

“I first learned about Nat Turner’s slave revolt when I was merely 15 years old. Ever since then I always found the story fascinating even if most people I encountered had never even heard the name Nat Turner before. I always knew I wanted to create a project related to the history of that event. In 2011 I had finally read enough to begin writing. I completed the first draft of my script and introduced it to the world at a live staged reading performed at the Mayme Clayton historical library in 2012. We shot the infamous trailer at the end of 2012 and put it online in 2013. Even though I was able to get the script into the hands of many Hollywood insiders, despite my best efforts I was still unable to raise the mere $4 million I needed to shoot a live action version. A few people even went so far as to tell me the project would never happen due to the excessive violence, the killings of white children and the killings of white women. But this was the way it really happened. Why should I change the true story of Nat Turner in order to satisfy a Hollywood ever eager to whitewash American history?

“It was at that point that I realized the only way I was going to get this done was to do it myself and with the help of my talented friends. I began researching alternative methods and eventually I discovered radio plays, mind movies, or what my sound engineer, Scott Orlans, likes to call Audio Films. No images. Just sound effects and dialogue, but extremely effective at painting a vivid mental picture. 2 hours of content is fine for a film, but as a radio play dividing that content into 20 to 25 minute episodes makes for a more digestible epic. So, this is what we have done.

“I do aspire to animate the project ultimately, but so far I am thoroughly satisfied with what we have produced as a throwback radio play rendition of the story. Give it a listen please, and tell your friends to do the same. Post the public link on your social media pages. I will stand by this work (including this first chapter and the remaining 5 chapters) as being the most thoroughly accurate dramatic rendition of the Nat Turner rebellion ever told in the past 2 centuries. I cannot think of any better time period than now (perhaps since 1968) to put forth such a revealing insight into the American pedigree.”

Josh Harraway
Los Angeles, 2016

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