Films from the Youth Documentary Academy. Screening of short films by immigrant U.S. high school students navigating their identities in America.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 11:15 AM

USFSP Lynn Pippenger Hall/Kate Tiedmann College of Business
USFSP Lynn Pippenger Hall
Kate Tiedemann College of Business
700 4th St S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

Yolande Morrison
Yolande Morrison grew up in Jamaica. While in high school, she left the island with her mother and siblings to join her grandmother in Colorado Springs, who, for years, worked with the U.S. immigration system to permit sponsorship of her family. Yolande applied to the Youth Documentary Academy to tell her story: what does it mean to leave your homeland and everything you know and love to become a stranger in a strange land? Her film FINDING HOME recounts this story as a new immigrant and the challenges and successes involved in creating a new home. Yolande loves filmmaking and wants to study film, animation and audio production in college. She recently graduated from Widefield High School and lives with her family in Fountain, Colorado.
Tom Shepard
Tom has been directing and producing documentary films for nearly 20 years. His film SCOUT'S HONOR won two top awards at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast nationally on the PBS program P.OV. He also directed and produced KNOCKING, a film about Jehovah's Witnesses, which broadcast nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens. His recent film WHIZ KIDS is a coming-of-age documentary about youth who find their voice through science. It also aired on PBS. Tom's collaboration with filmmaker Andy Abrahams Wilson resulted in THE GROVE about the AIDS epidemic and the politics of remembrance. Tom's films have received acclaim in dozens of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Denver Post among others. Previously, Tom worked as an editor at National Public Radio for Linda Wertheimer. He teaches documentary in California and Colorado and is the former chairman of New Day Films. He graduated from Stanford University where he majored in biology and film.
Kathy Stults
Kathy has spent 43 consecutive years working with at risk youth in school settings including opening up a school for girls rescued from sex trafficking in 2015. She has been a volunteer for the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute (RMWFI) for 18 years. She started the Youth Outreach Program for the Institute and it continues to bring filmmakers and youth together in the Pikes Peak region. Kathy also serves as the Chair of the Development Committee for the RMWFI and is looking forward to bringing this experience to the Youth Documentary Academy.