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Art & Film

April Grayson's film, video, photography, and other art projects

—  Art & Film—

Examples of April Grayson's video, film, and photography art practice,
as well as commercial video work


— Videos & Films —


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— screenings & Exhibits —

Filmography

  • Legacy: Cotton (2008) 4 minutes (16mm loop)
  • Work of the Winter Institute (2008) 12 minutes (digital video)
  • Another Word for Family (2007) 17 minutes (transferred Super 8 and digital video)
  • brother/sister (2007) 4 minutes (digital video)
  • The space within memory (2007) 5 minutes (digital video)
  • Ritual (2007) video installation loop
  • Reflection/Refraction (2007) 4 minutes (transferred Super 8 and digital video)
  • The Shower Scene (2006) 5 minutes (digital video)
  • Body Play (2006) 4 minutes (digital video installation)
  • Swallows Nest (2006) video installation loop
  • Varkala Shore (2006) 3 minutes (transferred Super 8 film)
  • Wai Doi Suthep (2006) 3 minutes (transferred Super 8 film)
  • Varanasi Puja (2006) 3 minutes (transferred Super 8 film)
  • The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done (2005) 5 minutes (digital video)
  • The Children Shall Lead (2005) 34 minutes (digital video documentary)
  • McComb Legacies (2005) 9 minutes (digital video)
  • Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner Memorial (2004)10 minutes (transferred film and digital video)
  • 33 Fainting Spells (2000) 5 minutes (digital video and transferred Super 8)
  • Special Delivery (1996) 12 minutes (Hi8 video)

 

Screenings

  • Ozark Foothills FilmFest (2010) Another Word for Family, The space within memory
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (2009) Another Word for Family
  • Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS (2009) The Legacy of Cotton, Another Word for Family
  • Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS (2009) The Legacy of Cotton
  • Documenta Quito, Quito, Ecuador (2008) Another Word for Family
  • SF IndieFest, San Francisco, CA (2008) Another Word for Family
  • CineSlam Park City, Park City, UT (2008) Another Word for Family
  • Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS (2008) Another Word for Family
  • Delta International Film and Video Festival, Cleveland, MS (2008) Another Word for Family
  • Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, MS (2008) Another Word for Family
  • Winter Institute annual meeting, University of Mississippi (2008) Work of the Winter Institute
  • University of Mississippi guest lecturer, Brooke White’s art class (2007)
  • MFVA Award Winners screening, Jackson, MS (2007), Another Word for Family
  • Winnipeg International Film Festival, Winnipeg, MB (2007) The space within memory
  • Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS (2007) The space within memory, brother/sister
  • Delta International Film and Video Festival, Cleveland, MS (2007) brother/sister
  • Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, MS (2007) The space within memory
  • Tupelo Film Festival, Tupelo, MS (2007) brother/sister
  • Moviate Artsfest Film Festival, Harrisburg, PA (2007) The space within memory
  • FESPACO Pan African Film/Television Festival, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (2007) The Children Shall Lead
  • Ghana’s Fiftieth Jubilee Celebration, Accra, Ghana (2007) The Children Shall Lead
  • University of Mississippi guest lecturer, Carlyle Wolfe’s art class (2006)
  • Mississippi Public Broadcasting television broadcast (2006) The Children Shall Lead
  • Aarhus Festival of Independent Arts, Aarhus, Denmark (2006) The Children Shall Lead
  • Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, MS (2006) The Children Shall Lead
  • Tupelo Film Festival, Tupelo, MS (2006) The Children Shall Lead
  • Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Oxford, MS, (2005) The Children Shall Lead
  • Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS (2005) The Children Shall Lead
  • KCTS arts focus, Seattle, WA (2000), 33 Fainting Spells
  • 9-1-1 Media Arts, Seattle, WA (1996), Special Delivery

 

Exhibitions

  • Cream from the Top, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA (2010)
  • Lo-Fi Hi-Fi, Gallery 130, University of Mississippi (2010)
  • SWARM Gallery, Oakland, CA (2009) Another Word for Family
  • Vernissage, SFAI MFA exhibition, Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco, CA (2009)
  • Alive and Kicking! group show, Swell Gallery, SFAI, San Francisco, CA (2009)
  • Immediate Future: The 2008 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowships in the Fine Arts group show, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (2008)
  • Chow Fun group show, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (2008)
  • MFA group show, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (2007)
  • I Shoot Myself self-portrait group show, Diego Rivera Gallery, SFAI, San Francisco, CA (2007)
  • MFA group show, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (2007)
  • Voices from the American South, Diego Rivera Gallery, SFAI, San Francisco, CA (2007)
  • Site Specific Acts group show, San Francisco, CA (2006)
  • Swallows Nest, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (2006)

 

Installations

  • Legacy: Cotton, multimedia installation, (2009)
  • Ritual, video installation (2007)
  • Body Play, video installation, (2006)
  • Swallows Nest, multimedia installation (2006)

 

Collaborations

  • Swallows Nest multimedia installation, with Kimberly Rowe (2006)
  • Puffy Red Chair, with Kimberly Rowe and Hedley Wells (2006)
  • The Children Shall Lead documentary film, with Susan Glisson (2005)
  • 33 Fainting Spells (2000), with Heather McRae-Woolf (2000)
  • Redadas y Derechos/Raids and Rights, with Heather McRae-Woolf (1998)

 

Crew Work for Other Productions

  • Slavery and the Making of America, PBS documentary film (2003)
  • October, short narrative film by Thad Lee (2003)
  • Fraternities, History Channel documentary by Andy Ames (2002)
  • The Murder of Emmett Till, PBS documentary by Stanley Nelson (2002)
  • Leo, independent feature by Mehdi Norowzian (2002)
  • Martin Scorsese and PBS Presents “The Blues: Feel Like Going Home” documentary by Martin Scorsese (2002)
  • Martin Scorsese and PBS Presents “The Blues: The Soul of a Man”
  • documentary by Wim Wenders (2002)
  • Martin Scorsese and PBS Presents “The Blues: Warming by the Devil’s Fire” documentary by Charles Burnett (2001)
  • Globalization and Immigration, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (1999)
  • La Huelga del Pueblo: The People's Strike, documentary by Heather McRae-Woolf (1999)
  • Redadas y Derechos/Raids and Rights, documentary by Heather McRae-Woolf (1998)
  • Artists of Streetlife, documentary by Nina Schoen (1996)
  • Children Don’t Come One-Size-Fits-All, documentary by Heather McRae-Woolf (1996)

— community-based arts work —

Teaching and Community-Based Arts Work

Purple Thistle Centre for Youth Arts and Activism, Vancouver BC (2009-2011)
Documentary Educator, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi (2005-2009)

  • University of Mississippi video and oral history workshops for student activists, Barksdale Honors College students, and UM School of Law students
  • Guest lecturer in University of Mississippi art classes and public lectures
  • Youth and adult documentary video and oral history workshops throughout Mississippi
  • Mentor for university student interns and campus student leaders
  • Video oral history projects about race and civil rights history in Mississippi communities
  • Community-initiated websites about civil rights history, reconciliation, and oral histories
  • Multimedia curriculum development about Mississippi civil rights history
  • Annual Civil Rights Education summits for teachers

Community-based commemorative event video screenings

  • McComb Legacies commemoration of 40 years of civil rights history (2005)
  • 40th anniversary commemoration of the Neshoba murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner (2004)
  • Medgar Evers 40th anniversary memorial commemoration (2003)

PieceWorks Deep South Arts Collective, Oxford, MS, co-founder and president (2003-2008)
Mississippi Film and Video Alliance, board member (2003)
Oxford Film Festival, screening committee co-chair (2003)

— awards —

  • Elbert Hilliard Oral History Award, Mississippi Historical Society (2009)
  • Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts, San Francisco Foundation (2008)
  • Year of Delta Heritage Award, Delta State University (2008)
  • Best Experimental (Another Word for Family), Delta International Film and Video Festival (2008)
  • RUMA Award for Most Promising Mississippi Filmmaker, Crossroads Film Festival (2008)
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Career Development grant (2007)
  • Mississippi Film and Video Alliance completion grant (2007)
  • Mississippi Arts Commission artist mini-grants (2006, 2007)