Prelude to Freedom Summer (2014) dir. Ryan Hartley Smith
Role: Director, Illustrator, Writer
Honors / Awards: Society of Illustrators 57, ICON9 Motion Commotion
An animated short film that explores the legacy of black liberation activism in Mississippi prior to the summer of 1964. Animation by Jen Epstein. The piece was sponsored by the CUNY Queens College Civil Rights Commemoration Commission, and incorporates photos and other visual material from the college's extensive Civil Rights Archive. It premiered at the Godwin Ternbach Museum at a commemorative event to mark the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer.