We are pleased to share the films from the 2019 SFA Documentary Film Workshop.
The week-long workshop was held at the SFA headquarters on the University of Mississippi’s campus in Oxford from July 14-19, 2019. Workshop projects focused on women-owned restaurants in the Oxford, Mississippi, area. The Humble Bee Café is a coffee shop and café located in Water Valley, Mississippi. Sugaree’s is a bakery based in New Albany, Mississippi. Workshop participants spent the week learning documentary filmmaking best practices through hands on production, culminating in two short documentary film projects, Baking in Progress and Coming to Bee which we are excited to share below along.

Directed by Isaac Engelberg, Angela Rabin, and Jerry J. Wilson

Isaac Engelberg is a rising Junior at the University of California, Berkeley studying geography and history. He has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books and The Daily Californian, among other places. He is interested in the intersection of the built environment, politics, and pop culture — and po’ boys.”

Angela Rabin is a doctoral candidate in nineteenth-century English and History at the
University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her dissertation is a transatlantic comparative study of the effects of industrialization on consumption—food traditions, print culture materials, and gift-giving—during the Christmas holiday, between the years 1840 and 1861. In addition to the dissertation, she is working on adapting part of her research to documentary format. She is a professed fan of all things chocolate, and in her spare time, enjoys reading, yoga, gardening for wildlife, jogging, and spending time with her cat, Simba.

Jerry J. Wilson is a scholar, activist, and educator committed to making learning environments productive and welcoming for all students. He has over a decade of experience shaping the cultures and climates of educational settings. Jerry’s research focuses on Black teachers and representation, politics of education, civic education, and the college experiences of marginalized students. He is currently a candidate in the Education Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Directed by Cortland Gilliam, Orsolya Nagy, and Kevin M. Young, Jr.

Cortland Gilliam is a doctoral candidate in Education, concentrating in Cultural Studies and Literacies, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to graduate school, he attended UNC for undergraduate studies in economics before moving to Houston, Texas to begin a career in education upon graduation. Following two years of teaching and doing higher education access and retention nonprofit work in Houston, he returned to the Chapel Hill area to pursue his PhD in education. Outside of being a scholar-educator, he writes and performs poetry and supports the local art scenes.

Orsolya Nagy is a rising senior at Tufts University in Massachusetts, where she studies Film & Media Studies and minors in Child Development. Though she grew up in West Florida, she was actually born in a small town in Hungary. This fall she will complete a senior thesis project, a documentary on Hungarian food and culture based on her home community. She is inspired by folk art, music, and food. She is looking forward to visiting Mississippi for the first time.

Kevin M. Young, Jr. was born in Washington D.C and raised in Los Angeles and Maryland. He currently attends West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he is majoring in Electrical Media and Journalism with a minor in Communications and Entrepreneurial Business. He found he passion in cinema through creating music videos for local artists. When he isn’t working on a new project he enjoys food, dancing , music, comics, skateboarding.