Alumnae Profiles: Sibyl Avery Jackson, C'79 Alumna Sibyl Avery Jackson
, is executive producer of the award-winning film, The Retrieval,
a Civil War-era drama about a fatherless boy sent to retrieve a wanted man under false pretense, and the unexpected emotional bonds that form during their journey.
Jackson is also an author, screenwriter and a member of the Writers Guild of America West. She also has more than 20 years of experience as an editor, researcher, and public relations specialist in the corporate and private sectors, as well as in public television and radio.
Her career highlights include working as a researcher/editor in the oral history program at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, Texas. During her tenure, she specialized in domestic policy and Civil Rights; and was responsible for researching and compiling historical information for noted scholars and public figures such as: Mrs. Lyndon “Lady Bird” Johnson, Liz Carpenter, Joseph Califano, Robert Caro, and others.
Jackson gives credit for her success to her mother for ensuring that reading and writing were always a part of her life. An educator, Jackson's mother enrolled her and all of her siblings in the reading program at the local library each summer, and she required them to read at least one hour every day.
Jackson says, "I read for two reasons: escapism and research. When I have a couple of hours to myself, there's nothing more relaxing than reading a great novel." She also loves to travel and talk to people whose lives and ways of living are different from her own.
"It expands my mind and keeps me focused on the fact that the world is made up of all kinds of people," she says. My work reflects that. That's why the nationality of my characters are diverse in my novel Degree of Caution
. The characters are Jewish, Italian, Native American, Puerto Rican and African American -- and they will continue to be diverse in future works."
Jackson has a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman, and lives in Houston with her husband Alfred. She is a former board member of the Houston Museum of African American Culture, and the Be an Angel Fund.
Actress Christine Horn and executive producer Sibyl Avery Jackson at the Bronze Lens Film Festival. At the event, The Retrieval
won two awards: Best Feature Film and Best Overall Film Like The Retrieval on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRetrievalFilm
Join The Spelman/Morehouse Host Committee for a
Special Movie Preview of The Retrieval
LANDMARK MIDTOWN ART CINEMA
MIDTOWN PROMENADE CENTER/8TH & MONROE
Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.
Talkback to follow the screening featuring
SIBYL AVERY JACKSON (SPELMAN) - Executive Producer
CHRIS ESKA - Writer/Director/Editor
TISHUAN SCOTT (MOREHOUSE) as Nate CHRISTINE HORN as Rachel
ADRIENNE LANCE LUCAS (SPELMAN)
Filmmaker DION WATKINS (MOREHOUSE)