“As a small piece of the grand puzzle of race relations and the sentimental weight of ancestry and place, Tomlinson Hill is a stunning tribute to the importance of understanding the past even as we seek a brighter future.”

TOMLINSON HILL is the story of America, as seen through the microcosm of a small Texas town called Marlin. The film takes its name from the former Texas slave plantation that at one time defined this region. We trace this story through the eyes of two descendants – one black – Loreane Tomlinson; and one white – Chris Tomlinson, who independently come back for very different reasons to find their crumbling community still struggling under the weight of 150 years of class separation. On the verge of economic ruin or redemption, Marlin’s future success is dependent on the community truly coming together as one.

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Video: Pulling Cotton Versus Picking Cotton

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One of the most fun, and most informative, couples I met while working on Tomlinson Hill was Charles and Zelma Tomlinson. Charles is the grandson of Peter, the last black Tomlinson born into slavery on Tomlinson Hill. Zelma married Charles on the Hill when she was 17 years old and they’ve been together over 60 [...]

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Video of LaDainian and Chris on Tomlinson Hill

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A short video of LaDainian and I on Tomlinson Hill is now available. This is an outtake from the April 2013 interview we did when NFL Films asked us to show them around the old slave plantation for “A Football Life: LaDainian Tomlinson.” LaDainian had told me about his life and what he’d been taught [...]

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Texas Monthly review of Tomlinson Hill – the book

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The subject of race relations and slave history is so multi-layered, it is often difficult for media to digest and summarize with meaningful breadth. Texas Monthly has done a great job of doing just that. Check out the review at the link below: http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/a-story-of-two-tomlinsons

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