The downtown Dallas ties to the new made-in-Fort Worth film, Miss Juneteenth
Proprietor of The Joule, Tim Headington, is a busy man. He’s an entrepreneur, developer, investor, and philanthropist who lets his diverse interests determine the projects he takes on. That explains why the Headington Cos. portfolio includes everything from hospitality to art preservation to entertainment. One of Headington’s latest projects came to full fruition today. Miss Juneteenth, the directorial debut from Texas native Channing Godfrey Peoples, celebrated its wide-release to streaming and on-demand networks everywhere.
Years in the making, the film was produced by Tim Headington and his company, Ley Line Entertainment. It debuted at Sundance Film Festival and—with a score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes—is already receiving critical accolades. (“Worthy of serious praise and attention.” —IndieWire. “Keenly observant and emotionally resonant.” —Rolling Stone.)
Filmed in Fort Worth, Texas the film the tells story of the struggles of single motherhood and racial inequality against the backdrop of a Texas tradition: the Miss Juneteenth pageant. “I want Miss Juneteenth to contribute to more diverse representations of African-American women on screen,” says Peoples. “Through exploring issues unique to black women and our identity and culture, my hope is the film will be a universal story about the resilience of the human condition.”
It’s the kind of storytelling Headington is more than happy to play a part in. “I was thrilled to support this film because I believe Channing has a unique voice and a gift for telling stories that the world needs to hear and see,” he says. “Miss Juneteenth epitomizes the diverse, female perspectives that Ley Line Entertainment looks to amplify and celebrate.”
The story unfolds as former beauty queen Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie) juggles a household, raising a teenage daughter (Alexis Chikaeze), and her job at the struggling Wayman’s BBQ & Lounge. “It’ s a story about Turquoise navigating life, love, and loss and will allow an audience to experience her transformation, relationships, and cultural legacy and history,” says Peoples. “In my work, I often explore the effects of the legacy of slavery in America and its impact on the continued struggle for racial equality.”
The film’s release fittingly coincides with Juneteenth, a holiday that has taken on a new, richer meaning this year. To proudly show our support, all guests at The Joule can rent the movie in-room with our compliments for the rest of the month. Staying at the hotel? Just ask the Front Desk!