Through a grant funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 17 high school students from the Mississippi Delta participated in a free 5-week intensive filmmakers workshop. The workshop, hosted at Gentry High School of the Sunflower County Consolidated School District from June 11 through July 13, 2018, was taught by filmmakers Pablo Correa and Joseph Davenport. The workshop engaged students in studying the life and legacy of civil rights activist and Sunflower County native, Fannie Lou Hamer, and examining the racial barriers that still exist and impact young people today.
Participants received training with professional filmmaking equipment and instruction to produce short videos that linked the works of Fannie Lou Hamer to their own lives—in their own Delta neighborhoods. The students worked together to find their own voices through digital storytelling and they planned, directed, produced, and edited their own film projects.
Congratulations to Our First Annual Young Filmmakers Workshop Participants
Keziah D. Allen
Travion DeAndre Dozier
Anderson Jalen Johnson II
Joseph White IV
Kelvin Williams II
Student-made Trailer Created During Week 1 of the Workshop
Behind the scenes footage of the film workshop
Due to regulations required to enter film festivals, we must keep the students' final project film private at this time.
The student film will be screening in Mississippi's 2019 Crossroads Film Festival.
In the meantime, please enjoy the following pictures of the workshop.
The Fannie Lou Hamer's America Team would like to thank the following people for their assistance with the Find Your Voice Curriculum Workshops: Patrick Weems, The Emmett Till Interpretive Center (Sumner MS), RJ Fitzpatrick, Charles Modley, Willie Bolden, Jacqueline Williams, Charles McLaurin, Timla Washington, Willena White, Carolyn O'Neal, Linda Marshall, Monica Hope, Mary Ann Griffin, Rev. Willie Williams and Rollins United Methodist Church (Tutwiler MS), the Sunflower County Library System, Sunflower County Consolidated School District (SCCSD) and Mississippi Department of Education Summer Food Service Program. Special thanks to Sookie's Catering (Indianola, MS), Alicia Evans (McDonald's - Indianola) and Savont Harris and Devante Williams (Walmart Super Center - Indianola) for their financial support of these projects, as well as a special thanks to Hampton Inn of Indianola, Robert Terrell, and the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center of Indianola, MS.