Press Release

Friends of African American Art & Culture Announces Student Film Competition, Our Story Matters

Columbia, SC – Friends of African American Art and Culture (FAAAC) of the Columbia Museum of Art will launch a student film competition on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. in the Museum’s Garden Terrace. This competition is a showcase celebrating student film work and creativity while promoting and commemorating a pivotal time in Columbia’s 1963 civil rights history—Our Story Matters. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014. A panel of judges will select the winners, and the top winner will receive $500, a video camera, and a year of membership to the FAAAC.

Supported through an AT&T contribution, this project introduces the idea that history happens to ordinary people—sons, daughters, brothers, and grandparents. “At AT&T, we are committed to delivering the technologies and services that keep our customers connected with their world today and with opportunities for the future,” said Ted Creech, director of external affairs for AT&T. “We are excited to support this project, which will connect young people with the history and heritage of Columbia’s civil rights journey.” According to Brandolyn Thomas Pinkston, president of FAAAC, too many of Columbia’s pivotal moments and landmark decisions have been forgotten and too many of these stories have never been heard. “Through this project, local high school students will learn about the history of Columbia by studying events of the civil rights movement in the state” said Pinkston.

The program is open to Columbia area students in grades 9–12. Additionally, free workshops will be held for students on SC civil rights history and film production. The workshops will introduce: 1) documentary; 2) civil rights history in SC; 3) shooting video/camera work for visual storytelling; 4) video editing; and 5) producing a "short short" documentary. Students will explore the challenges faced by their subjects in the civil rights movement and how their activism led to historical events.

The film competition is made possible in partnership with Columbia Chapter of The Links, Inc., ColumbiaSC63, Richland School District One, Richland School District Two, Benedict College, University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications, USC Media and Civil Rights Symposium, and Richland Library.

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