1. At the Hands of Persons Unknown


    from Gesche Wuerfel / Added

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    At the Hands of Persons Unknown (2013-ongoing) consists of a series of photographs, a video, and a moving lamp. With the photographs I explore how trees have been silent witnesses to the lynchings of women in the American South during Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era. In most cases women were lynched along with their husbands, sons, or brothers. The project is inspired by the fact that my African-American husband and I would not have been able to have a relationship during that time period as mixed-race marriage was not allowed. If detected, one of us or both may have been lynched. The video is about Harriet Finch’s lynching in Pittsboro, NC in 1885. She was lynched along with her husband, Jerry Finch, Lee Tyson and John Patisall for being (wrongly) accused of murder. Harriet Finch’s re-telling her story is based on newspaper accounts from the book ‘Lynchings of Women in the United States. The Recorded Cases, 1851-1946’ by Kerry Segrave and on James Cameron’s autobiography ‘A Time of Terror’.

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    • A Short Wait Between Trains (excerpt 2/2)


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      Four Black American soldiers return home from serving in WWII Italy and are subjected to racism in a small southern town by white Military Police and the Nazi POWs on American soil.

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      • A Short Wait Between Trains (excerpt 1/2)


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        Four Black American soldiers return home from serving in WWII Italy and are subjected to racism in a small southern town by white Military Police and the Nazi POWs on American soil.

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        • O Brother, Where Art Thou? Film Titles


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          Using the Coen Brother's Dust Bowl-era period film, I redesigned and animated a new film title sequence. It has continually been one of my favorite films, year after year, because of their creative reimagining of the classic story of Homer's tale, The Odyssey. Inspired by their dedication and detailed accuracy to the 1937 Mississippi setting, I created a new set of titling inspired by the era's handmade and embellished signage. Much like the little shops on the small town streets of the film, I incorporated elaborate flourishes and calligraphic elements into the new titles. This has been one of my favorite projects to work on, as it encompassed both my love for the films of the Coen Brothers as well as my passion for unique typography and lettering. This project was made using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. All footage and music was taken directly from the film (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Dir: Joel Coen – 2000; Music: T-Bone Burnett). This piece was presented as part of my final project for a motion graphics course at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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          • My Place


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            Inspired by the character Karl Childers created by Billy Bob Thornton in the movie 'Sling Blade' 1996. I have always been drawn in by characters with mental health issues and dysfunctional families, one and the same really. American poverty and ignorance the home of the enslaved bigot?

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            • Register for The South in American History


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              The South has played a central role in American history from the first permanent English colony through the United States of today. Join Gilder Lehrman and Ed Ayers—and look south for American history. Visit gilderlehrman.org/thesouth.

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              • Boneshop of the Heart (Trailer)


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                This acclaimed and thought-provoking documentary provides a rare and illuminating exploration of the creative process through incisive portraits of five seminal figures from a significant chapter in contemporary American folk art. Variously described as outsiders, naïve or visionary, the artists profiled, all from the American South, produce remarkable creations that challenge distinctions between "fine" and "folk" art. Featuring "The Tin Man" Charlie Lucas, Vollis Simpson, Thorton Dial, Bessie Harvey, "The Sandman" Lonnie Holley.

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                • Changing a Rural Community’s Expectations Through 24/7 Learning


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                  Check out the full case study at: http://bit.ly/dppiedmont Digital Promise produced this short documentary about Piedmont City School District, Alabama, which is emerging as a model for 21st-century rural education. In a low-income community where jobs are scarce and business is struggling, students are given a technology-enhanced education aimed at raising post-graduation and career expectations.

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                  • Doreen Morrison -The Person-Developing Years


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                    Doreen Morrison - The Person – Developing Years I was born in Birmingham, England. I describe myself as British by birth, but Jamaican by both choice and design. I have therefore spent a life time traversing 2 cultures which are often in conflict with each other – as my birth nation is often critical and dismissive of my heritage, my people and the place I call home – Jamaica. As a young adult I therefore sought answers to what it meant to be a black person – travelling and living in Nigeria, Apartheid South Africa, Russia and the American South, but it was only when I returned to England and completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham that I began to learn not just what it meant to be black, but most significantly – what it has come to mean to be Jamaican, after over 300 years of British colonisation – and how my rich history and heritage has almost been airbrushed out of the history books, leaving me and those who follow, particularly in the diaspora, as a people believing that they have no identity, except for the one known as ‘slave.’

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                    • 1944


                      from Ron Richardson / Added

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                      Autobiographical account of my childhood in Moultrie Georgia as the 2nd World War came to a close.

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