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DMIS 2014

The Digital Moving Image Salon Celebrates 10 Years

The Spelman College Digital Moving Image Salon has been a catalyst to encourage students to explore their interests, satisfy their curiosities and create resulting documentaries that have spanned a gamut of topics from homelessness, women of color in the military, foster parenting, activism, surviving Hurricane Katrina, heterosexism, and more. 

In its 10-year history, the program has trained more than 100 young women from a wide range of majors who have produced more than 35 documentary films as well as interactive productions. The students’ work has been viewed by standing room only audiences at its yearly showcase, screened at film festivals and exhibited in communities internationally.

 10th Annual Spelman College Digital Moving Image Salon Student Documentary Film Showcase

 April 24, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Midtown Cinema
931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, Ga. 30308

Three documentaries that chronicle the experiences of women of color will be screened at the 10th Annual Spelman College Digital Moving Image Salon Student Documentary Film Showcase on April 24, 2014. Presented by Spelman students, each of the documentaries were conceptualized, researched and filmed during the past two semesters. In keeping with DMIS' focus on digital media platforms, the films were prepared for viewing on mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets, as well as for movie theaters and TV.


                Producers: Alexis Wideman, Erica Lamberson and Mizer Edwards
                Documentary topic: Sex trafficking

 Love Bytes

                Producers:  Cydney Fisher, Kiara Arnette, Lauren Brown
                Documentary topic: Online dating

Fertile Oasis

               Producers: Olivia LaFlamme, Britny Horton, Jemoi Higgins
               Documentary topic: Rethinking Atlanta’s West End neighborhood through    
                the eyes of women-owned businesses


*The event is free and open to the public*

Instagram Campaign

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, DMIS launched an Instagram campaign on April 14 titled “Digital Movers and Shakers.”  Take a look on Instagram @digitalmovershaker).

Conceived and designed by DMIS research assistants Janiene Thiong and Maura Washington, the campaign curates 15-second video clips created by Atlanta University Center students who will describe how they are “Digital Movers and Shakers” by highlighting their social justice passion.

Program Success Stories

DMIS producers have won awards including an Emmy, graduated from prestigious Master's of Fine Arts degree programs, and are making their mark in the film industry. The program is also a winner of a HBCU Best Fine Arts Program Award for demonstrating innovation and community contributions in research, academic exposition and professional development.

The program was found by award-winning filmmaker and Spelman's first Cosby Endowed Chair, Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D.

Earlier This Week: Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony

April 22, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Spelman College, NASA Science Center Auditorium

On April 22,  at 6 p.m., in the Spelman College, NASA Science Center Auditorium, DMIS will host its Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony honoring Juliana Montgomery, film producer; Yvonne Welbon, film producer and film historian; Tomika DePriest, C’89, television/film producer and executive director of the Spelman College Office of Communications; and Dan Bascelli, coordinator for instructional technology, Spelman College.

Julianna Montgomery

Yvonne Welbon

Tomika DePriest

Dan Bascelli

Shola LynchThe awards ceremony will be followed by a “Conversation with Shola Lynch.” Lynch is an award-winning filmmaker and producer of “Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed,” a film about Shirley Chisholm, the first female candidate for the office of the president of the United States of America; and “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” which documents the life of icon Angela Davis. Lynch is also curator for the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.