With all of the talk around HBCUs this week, I wanted to highlight an event in my Lowcountry backyard of Savannah, GA that is developing the next generation of HBCU taste makers and creative talent. The Savannah State University Indie Film Festival hosted its 5th year of activities and curated an itinerary full of events celebrating HBCU Arts. With an opening gala at the Beach Institute one of my favorite galleries and historic buildings in the Lowcountry, this indie film festival is sure to set the stage for so many creative talents and productions in the South. Check out highlights from the festival below.
HBCU Arts: Savannah State University Film Fest Bolsters the Next Generation of Film Makers
The SSU Indie Film Festival was established in 2015 by Tracy Haynes, Kareem McMichael, & Tina Brown. It was created for SSU students to display their films and get involved and connected with the film industry. Savannah State University department of Journalism and Mass Communication has a concentration program in journalism, public relations & strategic communication, or multimedia & digital communication leading to baccalaureate degree (B.A.).
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s 4,100 students select majors from 30 undergraduate and six graduate programs in four colleges ‐ Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Sciences and Technology, and Education.1