VIRGINIA DARES is 9-part fiction/nonfiction web series about the making a film, revisioning one of the first chapters in American history.
Produced in affiliation with Virginia Tech’s American Indian Studies program, VIRGINIA DARES is a project collaboratively imagined, performed, produced, directed, shot and edited by Virgina Tech School of Performing Arts students and faculty.
It’s a project created to confront the Anglo-centric mythology of Virginia Dare—the first English child born in the first English colonial settlement of the New World, c. 1588—a narrative previously controlled by White Identity publicists/politicians, who used it to rationalize and legitimize:
1. English colonialism, divine right, and manifest destiny
2. anti-Indian propaganda, the ideological basis for genocide and expropriation
3. White female innocence, a key trope for all racialist thinking in America, whether directed toward Indians or, later, African Americans
4. commodity capitalism, in the marketing of tourism and the production and sales of Scuppernong grape wines, from vineyards on Roanoke Island that were purportedly nourished by the blood sacrifice of the colonists
At the meta-level, VIRGINIA DARES explores the resonances between the 19th- and early 20th-century mythology of Virginia Dare and contemporary anti-feminist, anti-indigenous currents.
Ultimately, VIRGINIA DARES is about giving audiences unprecedented access to essential truths, and fostering unprecedented responsibility to the past, the present, and the future of all the peoples we call “American.”
Currently in post-production. Scheduled to begin streaming in mid 2019!