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EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts in FilmSan Francisco Art Institute,  San Francisco, CA, May 2009
Certificate in Documentary Video ProductionUniversity of Washington,  Seattle, WA, June 1996
Bachelor of Arts in English, concentration in Women’s StudiesMillsaps College,  Jackson, MS, May 1992

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2013-present          Community Building Coordinator

William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi     Oxford MS

  • Support the Welcome Table: An Era of Dialogue on Race, throughout Mississippi through training, documentation, and evaluation
  • Participate in community outreach initiatives; retreats, education and training
  • Support and participate in the creation of training modules for staff and community leaders
  • Serve as support to the Director of Community Relations; and assist in all areas of community work
  • Meet with community groups and assist them in their areas of need; serves as liaison for community initiatives
  • Build and maintain relationships with community partners; develops network of actively involved community members and key stakeholders
  • Coordinate documentary efforts in oral history, education initiatives, and social media outreach for the Institute
     

2011-2013               Video Production Lead

Apex Learning          Seattle WA

  • Led the video initiative for a national provider of high school digital curriculum in math, science, English, social studies, world languages, and Advanced Placement
  • Oversaw scripting, pre-production, production, post-production, and implementation of all Apex course videos
  • Produced more than 500 short instructional videos
  • Created and built from the ground up a video department and managed a team of employee and contract video producers and editors
  • Collaborated with curriculum teams to develop, script, produce, and direct videos designed for a high school audience
     

2010-2011                Film Instructor

Purple Thistle Centre           Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • Led classes and workshops in alternative photographic and filmmaking processes
  • Mentored teenage artists and filmmakers participating in the esteemed youth-led arts collective
     

2010-2011                Freelance website designer

Fraser Health Psychiatry         New Westminster, BC

  • Designed and managed a marketing website targeted at recruiting medical school residents in Psychiatry
     

2005-2009                Documentary Educator

William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation        Oxford, MS

  • Designed, constructed, wrote content for, and managed more than a dozen community-initiated websites about civil rights history, reconciliation, oral histories, and student activism, as well as the Winter Institute corporate site
  • Coordinated, developed, and implemented a three-year oral history project on the racial integration of the UM professional schools for video and web-based platforms
  • Produced an interactive, multimedia curriculum development website about Mississippi civil rights history (www.mscivilrightsproject.com) using a Drupal platform as a wiki-type resource for teachers and students
  • Wrote grants and authored, edited, and copyedited corporate and grantor reports for funders including the Kellogg Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Andrus Family Fund, the National Trust, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Compiled and edited the Winter Institute’s biannual newsletter
  • Planned and organized conferences and communications for a Southeastern US regional alliance of social justice community based groups, the Alliance for Truth and Racial Reconciliation
  • Coordinated communications, planning, and evaluation for annual Civil Rights Education summits for teachers
  • Produced/directed video oral history projects, commemorative events, and community communications about race and civil rights history in Mississippi communities
  • Assisted with Teaching for Change workshops to help schools develop human rights curriculum from their own local histories
  • Produced and directed documentary video and oral history workshops for university students and youth and adult participants throughout the state
  • Assisted with participatory program planning and designed, constructed, and managed the website for the Mississippi Truth Project, a statewide initiative leading to a Mississippi truth and reconciliation process
  • Planned and coordinated special events throughout the state of Mississippi and on the University of Mississippi campus
  • Assisted with program infrastructure and implementation in university-institute and institute-community partnerships
  • Provided mentorship to a team of student interns
  • Assisted with budget development for projects and grants 2001-2005
     

2001-2005                Freelance video, film, and documentary research work

Oxford MS
Clients included PBS, The History Channel, the University of Mississippi, and the Southern Poverty Law Center

PBS

  • Slavery and the Making of America, documentary series (2003)
  • The Murder of Emmett Till, American Experience documentary by Stanley Nelson (2002)
  • “The Blues: Feel Like Going Home” documentary by Martin Scorsese (2002)
  • “The Blues: The Soul of a Man” documentary by Wim Wenders (2002)
  • “The Blues: Warming by the Devil’s Fire” documentary by Charles Burnett (2001)

Nonprofit Organizations

  • The University of Mississippi, video projects (2001-2005)
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center, research project (2003)
  • Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, anti-smoking PSA (2002)
  • The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (1999)

 

1999-2001                Project Coordinator and Instructional Designer

AdvanceOnline, Incorporated      Seattle WA

  • Managed a team of Flash artists, freelance writers, and customer service staff as Project Coordinator for numerous Flash-driven, interactive online courses
  • Wrote and designed Flash-driven, interactive training courses for clients including the American Water Works Association (AWWA), DuPont, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the US Department of Transportation
     

1996-1999                Article editor, technical editor, and project coordinator

Full time contractor for Microsoft Corporation (Encarta Encyclopedia) and Wasser Inc. (Microsoft Press)
Redmond/Seattle, WA

  • Commissioned, edited, and oversaw media selection for short and feature-length encyclopedia articles for Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia
  • Served as Project Coordinator for the Microsoft Office 2000 Step by Step series by Microsoft Press
  • Served as Technical Editor for the Microsoft Excel 2000 Step by Step book in the Microsoft Office 2000 Step by Step series
     

AWARDS AND GRANTS

  • Mississippi Historical Society’s Elbert Hilliard Oral History Award (2009)
  • Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts, San Francisco Foundation (2008)
  • Year of Delta Heritage Award, Delta State University (2008)
  • Best Experimental, 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)
     

CONFERENCES, PRESENTATIONS, AND FEATURED SCREENINGS

  • Southern Legislative Conference, Biloxi MS (2017)

  • The Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly session “The 'Welcome Table:’ Building Trust Relationships That Work!” New Orleans LA (2017)

  • Race and Sustainability Conference, "Vulnerability, Historical Memory and Healing," University of Mississippi School of Law (2017)
  • The Radical South conference, University of Mississippi (2017)
  • CUNY Law School, New York NY (2016)
  • Facebook executives and data center staff, Oxford MS and Forest City NC (2016)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities forum “Civil Rights Literacy and the Common Good,” 3 events in Jackson MS, Biloxi MS, Oxford MS (2016)
  • Colgate University, Hamilton NY (2015)
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson MS (2015)
  • Oral History Association, “Coming to the Welcome Table:  Transforming Local Narratives through Oral Histories from the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement,” paper presented at the OHA annual conference, Madison WI (2014)
  • Delta State University, Cleveland MS (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Tulane University, New Orleans LA (2014)
  • Columbia University, “Talking Before the Talking: Oral History as an Important Tool for Historical Dialogue,” paper presented at the Historical Justice and Memory: Questions of Rights and Accountability in Contemporary Society conference, New York NY (2013)
  • Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC, Canada (2013)
  • Ozark Foothills FilmFest (2010)
  • Cream from the Top, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA (2010)
  • Lo-Fi Hi-Fi, Gallery 130, University of Mississippi (2010)
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (2009)
  • Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS (2009)
  • Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS (2009)
  • SWARM Gallery, Oakland, CA (2009)
  • Vernissage, SFAI MFA exhibition, Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco, CA (2009)
  • Alive and Kicking! group show, Swell Gallery, SFAI, San Francisco, CA (2009)
  • Documenta Quito, Quito, Ecuador (2008)
  • SF IndieFest, San Francisco, CA (2008)
  • CineSlam Park City, Park City, UT (2008)
  • Immediate Future: The 2008 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowships in the Fine Arts group show, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (2008)
  • Chow Fun show, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (2008)
  • Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS (2008)
  • Delta International Film and Video Festival, Cleveland, MS (2008)
  • Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, MS (2008)
  • Winter Institute annual meeting, University of Mississippi (2008)
  • University of Mississippi guest lecturer, Brooke White’s art class (2007)
  • MFVA Award Winners screening, Jackson, MS (2007)
  • Winnipeg International Film Festival, Winnipeg, MB (2007)
  • Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS (2007)
  • Delta International Film and Video Festival, Cleveland, MS (2007)
  • Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, MS (2007)
  • Tupelo Film Festival, Tupelo, MS (2007)
  • Moviate Artsfest Film Festival, Harrisburg, PA (2007)
  • FESPACO Pan African Film/Television Festival, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (2007)
  • Ghana’s Fiftieth Jubilee Celebration, Accra, Ghana (2007)
  • MFA group show, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (2007)
  • I Shoot Myself 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)
  • University of Mississippi guest lecturer, art department (2006)
  • Mississippi Public Broadcasting television broadcast (2006)
  • Aarhus Festival of Independent Arts, Aarhus, Denmark (2006)
  • Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, MS (2006)
  • Tupelo Film Festival, Tupelo, MS (2006)
  • Site Specific Acts group show, San Francisco, CA (2006)
  • Swallows Nest, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (2006)
  • Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Oxford, MS, (2005)
  • Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS (2005)
  • KCTS arts focus, Seattle, WA (2000)
  • 9-1-1 Media Arts, Seattle, WA (1996)