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Sunday, June 18 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Transforming the Family Album

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How can narratives within the family album change the way we see others and ourselves? This session will explore various ways artists and activists can reshape the family album to empower communities for a 21st Century. Participants will investigate and share stories rooted within their own family photographic collections and archives. Participants will create and develop community photo sharing and digitizing projects tailored to their own work and organizations.


Thomas Allen Harris

Thomas Allen Harris is a filmmaker and artist whose work across film, video, photography, and performance illuminates the human condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. His deeply personal films have received critical acclaim at international film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, Flaherty, and Cape Town. His most recent feature film, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014), which looks at the ways photographs have served as tools of representation and self-representation through history, won over 7 international awards including the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary Film. His latest short film, About Face: The Evolution of a Black Producer (2017) had its premiere on World AIDS Day at the Whitney Museum of American Art and over 100 institutions worldwide as part of Visual AIDS’ 28th annual Day With(out) Art. In 2009, Harris founded Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR), a socially engaged transmedia, Family Pictures USA
Thomas Allen Harris is an award-winning filmmaker, transmedia artist, curator & educator whose work illuminates the human condition and the search for identity, family & spirituality. In “Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela”, Harris examines the life of his late stepfather, part... Read More →

Don Perry

Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, LLC
Don Perry has been a Producer & Writer on award-winning creative projects with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris for over ten years. He is an experienced financial and management consultant with a wide ranging background in commercial finance and corporate restructuring. He has been with... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
State Hall: Room 117