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 was hosted at Gentry High School within the Sunflower County Consolidated School District. The workshop was taught by filmmakers Pablo Correa and Joy Davenport. The workshop engaged students in studying the life and legacy of civil rights activist and Sunflower County native, Fannie Lou Hamer. Workshop leaders also encouraged students to examine 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, Keyshawn Brison, Jaylen Brown, Selena Davila, Travion DeAndre Dozier, Zoe Feltson, Anderson Jalen Johnson II, Carledia Jones, Marquisse Kirkham, Makayla Lenoir, Keyshawn Meeks, Lamonte Ratliff, Kaitlyn Thomas, Omar Washington, Joseph White IV, Quanzarius Willard, Kelvin Williams II.
Student-made Trailer Created Week 1 of the Workshop
Class of 2018 Students Discuss the Film Workshop
Behind the Scenes Footage of the Film Workshop