Human Rights Film+Series: Blackhaven

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James Coltrain


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Join us for a presentation by the designer of “Blackhaven” at 7 pm,
followed by an engaged dialogue with community partners 


 Download and explore the game for PC here: Blackhaven.

About the Game: Blackhaven is a first-person narrative game where players take the role of Kendra Turner,­ a summer intern at the Blackhaven Hall Historical Society, the museum commemorating a sprawling 18th colonial estate burned by the British during the American revolution. As Kendra follows her curiosity through the museum’s exhibits and archives, she finds cracks in Blackhaven’s official story and uncovers a trail of secrets and misdeeds that spans centuries and may determine her future. For more info: Blackhaven

About the Artist: James Coltrain’s research focuses on the development of public-facing, humanities-themed games.  His first project is Cassius, a first-person narrative exploration game set in colonial Virginia, and Blackhaven, a preceding short teaser game. He is also a scholar of the historic architecture and material culture of the early Americas and has worked for over a decade building historical 3D visualizations. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Digital Media & Design Department at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Shearon Roberts, Xavier University of Louisiana.

Tia Alphonse, M.A. candidate at the University of Missouri-Columbia, who participated in the script review.

Maisa L. Tisdale, President and CEO of The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community

Presented by Dodd Human Rights Impactthe Human Rights Institute, and Digital Media and Design at the University of Connecticut.



This year we spotlight new work by UConn Digital Media and Design faculty, Oscar GuerraHeejoo KimHeather CassanoTanju Özdemir, and James Coltrain, who address human rights issues through film, animation, and game design.

Free and Open to the Public. Registration required.

For more information visit the Human Rights Film+ Series website.  If you are an individual who requires accommodation to participate, please e-mail: