Female Filmmakers Dominate FAMUs Documentary Showcase

By: FAMU Release
By: FAMU Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – April 27, 2011 -

Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) popular “J-School Journals” event takes on another 'first' this semester with the top three documentaries being produced, directed and videotaped by female students. "Storytellers: Seeing the Unseen, Hearing the Unheard" is scheduled for Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Charles Winter Wood Theater. General admission is free.

Showcasing the best senior film projects each semester is the idea of Professor Kenneth Jones, an associate professor in the Division of Journalism at FAMU and sequence coordinator for the broadcast degree program. Jones has watched the biannual event grow into one of the most talked-about activities on campus, but the all-female lineup this semester is a bit unexpected.

“I'm not exactly sure whether to call this a trend or an unexpected blip," said Jones. “What I do know is that we have some very talented female students in the broadcast degree program and their work transcends gender, race, or any other demographic.”

Three documentaries will be showcased. Two of the three are by female students in the graduate degree program; the third is by a female undergraduate student. In the graduate program, they are required to write, produce, direct and videotape their projects. Wandoo Makurdi, a graduate student from Lagos, Nigeria, created “Ke Nako,” a look at South Africa from apartheid to the World Cup. Jamela Browne, also a graduate student, is a native of St. Croix and will show her documentary, “The Holy Gift.”

Now enjoying their seventh production of the event, FAMU's PRodigy PR Firm continues to serve as the Agency of Record (AOR) for J-School Journals. Marcus Scott, a graduating senior public relations student, is the manager for the J-School Journals account and supervises a ten-person team of PRodigy associates who are working to promote and produce the event.

“My goal for this event is to have a packed house,” said Scott. “I appreciate the challenges that come with the production of J-School Journals and I've got a great team of associates helping me to make this event a success.”

Following the screening of the three, 15-minute documentaries, a brief question and answer session is scheduled after each film. There will also be six mini-documentaries that will look at President Obama’s impact on America some two years after his historic election.

For more information about the J-School Journals, contact Professor Kenneth Jones at 850-599-3379 or via email at kenneth.jones@famu.edu.

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