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April’s Hero, the latest documentary by TCF professor Dwight Cammeron, has been selected by two more film festivals.
Jubilee Film Festival – March 3-4
“The film festival is a part of the Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, Alabama, an event which commemorates the historic struggle for the right to vote which is recognized around the world because of Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965 … the day when Alabama State Troopers viciously attacked peaceful demonstrators on their way to Montgomery, Alabama.”
North Carolina Black Film Festival – Wilmington, NC
“The four-day juried festival includes features, shorts, documentaries and animation. The event is sponsored by the NC Black Arts Alliance as a multidisciplinary vehicle for the advancement of African-American arts and culture.”
In April 2011, Alabama and Missouri were devastated by the worst tornado outbreak in 40 years. In the span of a few hours, entire neighborhoods were destroyed and hundreds of lives lost. Thousands were left homeless. Radio and television broadcasters were instrumental in saving lives with tornado warnings and emergency and disaster relief information. They also played a critical role in the recovery and rebuilding of communities in the aftermath of the storms.
These feats of courage, dedication and generosity demonstrated by local broadcasters are captured in this short film produced by talented media arts professor, Scott Hodgson, and his students at the University of Oklahoma, along with Chandra Clark, professor of telecommunication and film at The University of Alabama. Working with the Broadcast Education Association, Scott and Chandra compiled stunning footage for a video account of broadcasters’ response to these horrific tornadoes.
The original film, Eating Alabama by TCF professor Andy Grace will have its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in March. It was selected from 1,957 submitted feature films and is playing as part of their “Emerging Visions” showcase. SXSW is a very prestigious festival, and we are excited that Andy’s film was selected.