Fourth annual WAMMFest honors women and minorities in media

Event to feature film screenings and master classes led by documentarian Virginia Galloway

TOWSON, Md. (March 30, 2011)—Towson University invites community members to celebrate women and minorities working in television, radio and film with the fourth annual Women and Minorities in Media Festival (WAMMFest) beginning Thursday, March 31. Sponsored by the Department of Electronic Media and Film, the festival offers three days of video screenings, performances in music and dance, and master film classes led by award-winning filmmaker, Virginia Galloway.

Virginia Galloway
Filmmaker Virginia Galloway is this year's featured guest artist.

In its opening event, WAMMFest will feature audio and video works solicited from media professionals and students of regional and international middle and high schools, colleges and universities. All works reference women or minorities as their main subject or have been created with a woman or minority in a key creative role. The best professional and student submissions will be screened on Thursday, March 31, from 6-10 p.m. in Van Bokkelen 204.

This year, WAMMFest welcomes guest artist Virginia Galloway, a documentary filmmaker and founder of GreenBox Films. In 2009, Galloway had her directorial debut with her feature documentary, The Music Lesson, which tells the story of two groups of young people from extraordinarily different backgrounds who use the power of music to discover each other's worlds. The film has received a number of film festival selections and other accolades, including Best North American Documentary Feature at the Women’s International Film Festival.

Prior to founding GreenBox, Galloway worked for several major studios in the production of feature films and television including Syriana, Rendition and the HBO series The Wire. She is currently producing Ponies, a drama about friendships, treachery and the American dream set in the gritty world of off-track betting in New York City.

On Friday, April 1, Galloway will share her expertise through two master classes on documentary techniques at TU’s Media Center, from noon-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. That evening, from 5-9 p.m., she will screen The Music Lesson and answer questions from the audience.

The festival will close with a world music concert featuring TU faculty and student ensembles as well as local musicians and dancers, to be held Sunday, April 3, from 3-4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

All WAMMFest events are free and open to the public. For more information and a full event schedule, visit the WAMMFest website.







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