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Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) is pleased to announce two Louisiana-based filmmakers have been selected for the Hindsight Project – a fascinating new initiative focused on supporting Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) filmmakers living in the American South and U.S. Territories. LPB, working in conjunction with Firelight Media, Reel South, and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), will work with the Louisiana filmmakers selected for participation as they create short films for a new digital series. The series will explore the lived experiences of communities of color in the South and in Puerto Rico that reflect the migrations and movements throughout the complicated history of these regions. Each film will eventually premiere on Reel South’s public media and LPB platforms.

The two Louisiana-based filmmakers selected and the projects they are working on are:

  • Kiyoko McCrae, Untitled Motherhood Documentary – This documentary follows a group of New Orleans mothers as they struggle to care for their families and themselves throughout the pandemic. Utilizing video diaries, it provides an intimate portrait of mothering during a time of crisis.
  • Zac Manuel, Trust Trust explores the perilous relationship between Black Americans and the medical industry. As Black New Orleanians are faced with taking the experimental COVID-19 vaccine, they must question whom to trust within an atmosphere of historical and contemporary medical abuses.

“It’s important for LPB to help guide emerging filmmakers and encourage them on their journey,” says Beth Courtney, President of LPB. “Louisiana filmmakers are the people most qualified to tell Louisiana stories, so keeping them in our state and providing them with an environment to grow and share their stories, adds to greater cultural understanding of Louisiana, both statewide and beyond. This effort aligns perfectly with LPB’s ongoing mission.”

In total six filmmakers from across the south will work closely with Firelight Media, Reel South, and CAAM through all stages of production and will each receive financing up to $20,000 to produce short films that seek to disrupt mainstream narratives and illuminate the issues, communities, and identities of their regions. The filmmakers will receive production and distribution mentorship by veteran independent filmmakers.

In addition, each filmmaker selected will be paired with a public media station mentor for additional editorial guidance focused on local expertise and audiences. LPB Digital Studios will be working closely with both Louisiana filmmakers to guide them from storytelling to streaming.

About Louisiana Public Broadcasting

Since 1975, Louisiana Public Broadcasting has been the public television network for the state of Louisiana with stations in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport. LPB is also affiliated with WLAE-TV in New Orleans. In addition to its award-winning documentaries about the history and people of Louisiana, LPB is dedicated to helping children throughout the state develop their literacy, math and science skills through its numerous educational outreach programs.

About Firelight

Firelight is a premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight produces documentary films, supports emerging filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work. Firelight films have garnered multiple Primetime Emmys, Peabodys, and Sundance awards. Among them, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, and Freedom Riders. Firelight’s programs include the Documentary Lab, an 18-month fellowship that supports emerging filmmakers of color; and Groundwork, regional labs which support early stage filmmakers in the American south, midwest, and U.S. Territories. In addition to a focus on excellence in filmmaking, Firelight develops strategies, partnerships and materials to reach and engage diverse audiences and maximize the impact of documentary films.

About Reel South

REEL SOUTH reveals the South's proud yet complicated heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives, through the curation and distribution of feature-length and short documentaries. Reel South is a PBS documentary series co-produced by PBS North Carolina, South Carolina ETV, and Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and produced in association with Alabama Public Television, Arkansas PBS, Texas Tech Public Media, and VPM. Reel South is a platform for and a service to non-fiction filmmakers in the American South working within the region’s tradition of storytelling.

About CAAM

The Center for Asian American Media, CAAM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For 40 years, CAAM has exposed audiences to new voices and communities, advancing our collective understanding of the American experience through programs specifically designed to engage the Asian American community and the public at large.