Charlottesville musical delayed as plans change amid blowback
GLENS FALLS — Filming for the movie musical “Millennial,” which follows the lives of 10 people as they react to the 2017 alt-right protests, will not take place this weekend, as the creators work to revise the film to avoid any reference to the attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ben Rowley, a 2015 graduate of Queensbury High School, wrote the script and music for the production. The work is a fictionalized account of the lives of 10 young adults during the night of the “Unite the Right” protests. On Aug. 11, 2017, a group of white men carried torches and marched in the streets in Charlottesville, chanting Nazi slogans and shouting, “Jews will not replace us.” The film follows the lives of the 10 millennials, horrified by what they are seeing.
Rowley’s film does not deal with the events that happened the following day, when a right-wing protester drove his car into a crowd and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a paralegal and an activist for civil rights, and injured 28 others.
Filming was going to take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday in City Park.
Rowley released a statement on Thursday, announcing the postponement.
“The ‘Millennial’ movie creative team, in response to private requests from those who experienced the Charlottesville A11 attacks firsthand, is reshaping the ‘Millennial’ story as to not mention Charlottesville or A11 in any way during the course of the film,” he said in an email.
A11 is the term that locals use to describe that day.
“The film tells the story of a group of young people in the modern age, fighting for good in the midst of social chaos and the rise of hate groups around the country. The same story will be told now without any mention to events that took place on Aug. 11 or 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Viriginia,” the statement went on to say.
The filmmakers plan to continue to shoot in Glens Falls and will provide an update when the filming is rescheduled.
After news broke earlier this week about the movie, some criticisms were posted on social media sites.
On Twitter, a commenter called “Siva Vaidhyanathan” wrote, “Once again my city and my neighbors are fodder for someone else’s fantasy and agenda. Real people died that day. Real people suffered. Back off.” Another user encouraged people to come to the city to let Rowley know that the people of Charlottesville are “disgusted” by the production. The New York City chapter of Antifa, an anti-fascist group, called the production “ludicrous.”