Jesse Lott: Art & Activism is a 28-minute documentary, (shot by 28 students from the 14 Pews Film Academy) following Internationally recognized Houston artist Jesse Lott. The film has won numerous awards throughout the country. It won Best Short Documentary in both the International Black Film Festival and the Tulsa American Film Festival. The documentary highlights his art, activism and his mentors. In the National Museum of African American History and Culture there is an area which highlights Jesse Lott's activism since he’s a co-founder of Project Row Houses. This documentary follows Jesse Lott when he is recently released from the hospital and continues to follow him as Mr. Lott prepares for his upcoming show at Art League Houston where he’s presented the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by his childhood friend, the famous Mel Chin. Along the way the film highlights Mr. Lott's involvement with the Internationally recognized arts organization Project Row Houses. Furthermore, the film highlights his mentors John Biggers and Charles White who both are also honored in National Museum of African American History and Culture. In addition, many other Houston’s Art leaders appear in this short documentary such as: Rick Lowe, Mel Chin, Jim and Ann Harithas, Allison Greene, Dan Allison, Peter Gershon and many more. The documentary also shows never seen before archival footage shot by the belated video artist, Andy Mann. The documentary is directed and edited by award-winning Native-American / Creole filmmaker, Cressandra Thibodeaux.
This film was made possible by a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance.