“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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LaDanian Tomlinson’s Inspiring Hall of Fame Speech

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On Saturday, LaDanian Tomlinson was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. I was so proud to watch him accept the reward for his dedication and passion to the sport he loved so much, but was even prouder to hear his inspiring speech about unity.

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Karen Meyer and David Tinsley, Rest in Peace

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I was so saddened today to hear of the passing of Karen Meyer. Karen was just a delightful, inspirational person. When it came to her beloved home, Marlin, she dedicated herself to her community and just rolled up her shirtsleeves and dove into problem-solving every way she knew how. Everyone who saw the film remarked [...]

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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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