Student-Produced Video Will Screen at the Lumbee River Independent Film Festival


Still from the short documentary video, “Lakota John: the Next Generation”

On April 10, the documentary short “Lakota John: the Next Generation,” produced by Center for Documentary Studies undergraduates Stephanie Chen, Emily Mendenhall, and Nikki Whang in a spring 2013 course, will be screened at the 2014 Lumbee River Independent Film Festival.

The students were introduced to John Lakota Locklear, a 17-year-old Native American blues artist, through the Music Maker Next Generation Artist Program, which provides mentorship for young artists performing Southern roots music. Lakota John, who plays bottleneck slide guitar and harmonica, is often accompanied by his mother Tonya on washboard, his sister Layla on vocals, his father “Sweet Papa” John on guitar, and other local musicians. In making the film, the students spent time with this talented group, known as “Lakota John & Kin,” at the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival last spring.

The 2nd annual Lumbee River Independent Film Festival will be held on April 10th and 11th at the Givens Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. This year, in addition to showcasing work by students and independent filmmakers, the festival will feature the premiere of “Voices of the Lumbee,” a documentary about the Lumbee Tribe of the North Carolina coastal plains region.

The film was produced in the course “Multimedia Documentary” (spring 2013) taught by Christopher Sims at the Center for Documentary Studies, in partnership with Music Maker Relief Foundation and Duke Service-Learning. After being introduced to blues artists through Music Maker Relief Foundation, the thirteen students worked in groups and individually to interview and film artists, edit their footage, and create multimedia pieces to tell about the lives of these musicians.

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    One Response to “Student-Produced Video Will Screen at the Lumbee River Independent Film Festival”

    1. Elisha Bryant says:

      The 2nd annual Lumbee River Independent Film Festival is a free event! Come out and join us!

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