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Spelman Students Win WarnerMedia Aspiring Content Creator Awards

January 2020

WarnerMedia AwardsSpelman scholars Denver Edmonds, C’2021, Dariae Willis, C’2022, and Stephanie Crawford, C’2022, recently received monetary awards from WarnerMedia in recognition of their creative content.

Now in its second year, the WarnerMedia Content Creators Program, developed in partnership with Spelman’s documentary film major in the Department of Art and Visual Culture, was designed to increase the number of diverse storytellers, both in front of and behind the camera.

Although piloted with Spelman College, the program focuses on preparing junior and senior students for the creative workforce by exposing them to jobs beyond producing and directing throughout the WarnerMedia companies and broadcasters. The program’s cohort has expanded to include film students from Clark Atlanta University and diverse film students at Emory University.

In March, Spelman's winners of the 2019 Aspiring Content Creator Essay Awards will spend a day at WarnerMedia's Techwood location in Atlanta.

Edmonds received first place ($2,500); Willis, second place ($1,500); and Crawford, third place ($1,000). Jennifer Williams, director of Global Inclusion and Diversity at WarnerMedia, presented the students, who are joined by their documentary film peers, with their awards.

Spelman Students Win Aspiring Content Creator Essay Awards

Award Boosts Confidence and Opens Doors

Crawford said the competition forced her out of her comfort zone. “I've struggled with confidence when it comes to filmmaking and often felt my films weren't good enough to submit to film festivals or contests,” she said.

“As a filmmaker, I want to create stories that show the complexity and multifaceted nature of Black women and partner with others to elevate the stories of underrepresented communities.”

“It is important to have diverse voices tell diverse stories so that all sides are represented,” said Willis.

“My documentary storytelling philosophy is to showcase the truth of the Black community by portraying a variety of stories in hopes of illustrating that we are not a monolith.”

Crawford and Willis plan to use a portion of their award to purchase camera equipment, editing software, lighting and sound equipment.

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