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Shaping Stories, Building Power – Workshop
Taught by juror paige watkins!
Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) is incubating quality and compelling stories that will shift the dominant narratives about Detroit towards liberation and justice. The current fellowship program is supporting a cohort of Black and people of color filmmakers in Detroit to develop short films and accompanying community impact strategies. In this workshop, participants will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the Detroit Narrative Agency model and values, view the recent short films supported by DNA and discuss how to build systems for accountable, community-based filmmaking in a local context.
As the Associate Director of Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA), paige co-leads the process of supporting DNA cohort members to develop moving-image projects and impact strategies. They coordinate program logistics, collaborate to optimize opportunities for cohort projects and work to grow Detroit’s narrative-shifting ecosystem. paige is involved in other narrative-shifting work in Detroit as the co-creator of Black Bottom Archives (BBA). BBA is a community-driven media platform dedicated to centering and amplifying voices, experiences, and perspectives of Black Detroiters through journalism, art, and cultural organizing.