(WDBJ7) Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Wednesday that a movie would be filmed in Virginia.
The feature film "Juanita" will star Academy Award-nominated actress Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave, Captain America: Civil War) and Petersburg native Blair Underwood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., L.A. Law).
"Juanita" will film this spring in Bedford County and Central Virginia. It is based on the novel "Dancing on the Edge of the Roof" by Sheila Williams.
The movie tells the story of Juanita, a hardworking nurse’s aide, mother and grandmother, who wants adventure and excitement but wonders if such things exist for an aging African-American woman stuck caring for her grown children. Tired of her impoverished surroundings, Juanita untethers herself from her exhausting life and sets out on a bus to an unknown destination and future.
The film is eligible to receive up to a $550,000 grant from the Governor’s Motion Picture Opportunity Fund, in addition to a Virginia film tax credit. The exact amount of each is based on a number of factors including: the number of Virginia workers hired, Virginia goods and services purchased, and deliverables including Virginia tourism promotions. The economic impact of Virginia’s content manufacturing industry in 2015 was $615.6 million, providing $24.3 million in state and local tax revenue for the Commonwealth, as well as 3,883 full time jobs.