Media Production

“It’s Your War Too:” Charlotte Dee Mansfield’s Photographic Memoir of the Women’s Army Corps
Production Credits: Writer, Director, Producer

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“It’s Your War Too:” Charlotte Dee Mansfield’s Photographic Memoir of the Women’s Army Corps is a 30-minute documentary-in-progress about the pioneering career of World War II military photographer Charlotte Dee Mansfield. The film is currently in production with the generous support of a Florida State University Council on Research and Creativity Planning Grant and a Leibner Cooper Grant for Creative Productions on the History of Media from the Broadcast Education Association. To learn more about the project, you can review a draft of the film proposal here.


My First Drag Show
Production Credits: Writer, Director, Editor, Producer

“My First Drag Show” is a short documentary that captures first time drag performers’ experiences as they take the stage at the FSU Pride Student Union Amateur Drag Show. By sharing the inspiring and entertaining story of the drag artists’ debut performances, the project seeks to extend visibility and support, both among FSU Students and broader audiences, of Pride’s public mission “to create a safe, supportive, and healthy environment for all students regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.”

During 2016-2017, the film screened nationally, achieving fifteen official selections from juried film festivals, an Award of Excellence at the 2017 Broadcast Education Association’s On-Location Creative Competition, an award for Best LGBT Documentary Short at the 2017 Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival, and a nomination for Best Documentary at the 2016 Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival.


American Graduate Champion: Louis Garcia
Production Credits: Producer

I produced (shot and edited) a couple of American Graduate Champion spots for PBS affiliate, WFSU. The American Graduate series is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and features the stories of extraordinary Florida educators who are working to help students graduate from high school. This spot highlights the work of Louis Garcia, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend, who recently started a regional high school mentorship program called “Mentor 2.0.”


Clydefest
Production Credit: Producer

I produced (wrote, shot, and edited) this feature on Clydefest for North Carolina Weekend, the most highly-rated program on PBS affiliate, UNC-TV. The show highlights local businesses and events in the State of North Carolina and is supported by the N.C. Division of Tourism.

In addition to producing features for NC Weekend, I worked on a number of other UNC-TV shows as a Camera Operator and/or Assistant Lighting Director, including the following:
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DVD Companion to Give My Poor Hear Ease
Production Credits: Editor and Producer
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I reedited three black and white films of folklorist William Ferris, and produced a DVD compilation of Ferris’s films to accompany his book, Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (pub. UNC Press, Chapel Hill, NC). You can find more information about the book, as well as order a copy, on Amazon.


Let the World Listen Right
Production Credits: Co-director (with A. Neff and J. Williams), Director of Photography

“Filmed over the course of a summer in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Let the World Listen Right provides insight into the rich musical interactions of the Mississippi Delta while documenting the dreams and struggles of young people in the region today. The piece is tied together with hip-hop performances by Top Notch and Da Fam as well as performances by blues artist Terry “Big T” Williams and gospel singer Martha Raybon” (Folkstreams.net). The film was supported by a Summer Research Grant from the University of North Carolina’s Center for the Study of the American South, and is distributed by Folkstreams, a national preserve of American folklore films that is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.