NEWS


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Current/upcoming exhibitions + projects:

Recent exhibitions + projects:
See recent features in: Forbes, TIME, Oxford American, FotoRoom, Dear DaveSaint-Lucy, Before the Abstract, and The Heavy Collective.  


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8.28.19 // SOME MILLION MILES WINS REEL SOUTH AWARD

SOME MILLION MILES - Official Trailer on Vimeo.

SOME MILLION MILES (dir. Jared Ragland and Adam Forrester, 2019) received the 2019 REEL SOUTH Award at the 21st annual Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham.  The award includes distribution on the REEL SOUTH website and app, release date forthcoming.

In the cherished tradition of Southern storytelling, REEL SOUTH reveals the South's proud yet complicated heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives. Hosted by Valerie June, REEL SOUTH is a cooperative documentary series between the South’s PBS-member stations: UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina, South Carolina ETV, Alabama Public Television, Arkansas’ AETN, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Louisiana Public Broadcasting.


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8.24.19 // SOME MILLION MILES ALABAMA PREMIERE AT SIDEWALK FILM FESTIVAL


Title card from the short documentary film, SOME MILLION MILES, 2019, dir. Adam Forrester & Jared Ragland

SOME MILLION MILES will receive its Alabama premiere at the 21st annual Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham.  The film will screen during the Alabama Documentary Shorts: Profiles program, Saturday, August 24, 3:15pm at ASFA.  Additional festival screenings will be announced through the fall.

About SOME MILLION MILES: Atop Sand Mountain, a sandstone plateau in northeast Alabama infamous for poultry processing, Pentecostal snake-handling, and meth production, we meet Chico, Alice, and Misty, whose lives have been shaped by methamphetamine use. Chico struggles with reintegration into society following a jail sentence; Alice pursues recovery and fights for custody of her daughter; and Misty rebuilds a stable life after ending an abusive relationship. Set within a rural landscape of abundant beauty and deep poverty, SOME MILLION MILES presents a meditation on loss and the search for redemption amidst systemic social and economic marginalization. The film is co-directed with Adam Forrester and produced with generous support from the Indie Grits Rural Project Grant.


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8.07.19 // APPOINTED VISITING DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA JUDY GENSHAFT HONORS COLLEGE

I am excited to announce a recent appointment to the University of South Florida's Judy Genshaft Honors College where I will serve as Visiting Distinguished Professor-in-Residence. The professorship is offered biannually and invites scholars, artists, scientists, or public intellectuals to teach an interdisciplinary course, collaborate with faculty, mentor students, and engage in collegial activity across the USF community. The state of Florida is often found at the focus of our national debate, and I am excited to teach a community-engaged social documentary photo course that will examine advocacy-based photo reportage, social practice methods, and creative citizenship in the Tampa Bay area.


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5.24.19 // WHERE THE TRAIN GOES SLOW AT THEN THERE WAS US & EYES ON MAIN STREET


Five Points, Wilson, NC, from the series Where the Train Goes Slow

Last summer I participated in the inaugural Eyes On Main Street residency program in Wilson, North Carolina. Images from my month in Wilson, gathered in a new portfolio titled WHERE THE TRAIN GOES SLOW, are currently on view through August 4 at the EOMS Residency Gallery, while an image from GOOD BAD PEOPLE is also included in the EOMS festival's six-block-long outdoor exhibition featuring 100 large-scale photographs by 100 prominent and emerging photographers from over 40 countries. Both the outdoor exhibition and sample works by the 2018 residency cohort can be seen on the Eyes on Main Street site.

Works from WHERE THE TRAIN GOES SLOW were recently selected by Then There Was Us and featured in their inaugural open call exhibition at Public-Source in Manchester, UK.


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5.14.19 // 2019 PALM* PHOTO PRIZE SHORTLIST & EXHIBITION