"AN INTIMATE TECHNIQUE OF STORYTELLING INVOLVING MULTIPLE ART DISCIPLINES, INNOVATIVE USE OF DIALOGUE AND NARRATIVE.”
—C. Denise Johnson, film critic, New Pittsburgh Courier
"...THE STORYTELLING AND SETTING [ARE] A BEAUTIFUL AND HAUNTING MIX."
—Bonnie Thornton Dill, feminist scholar
A "SOUL-STIRRING STORY...."
"...THE FILM IS BEAUTIFUL. ...IT'S PENSIVE. IT EMOTES. ...AMAZING...."
—Tim Gordon, critic, DC Radio’s FilmGordon Show
"...INDEED A WONDERFUL FILM."
—Tre' McGriff, director, CineOdyssey Film Festival
"Pamela's visual and auditory expression adds layer after layer of emotion. I love the mystery, like I had stumbled upon some secret ritual to the past....
the significance of her voice and artistic point of view was instantly apparent."
—Lindsey Yancich, curator, Healing Arts Gallery
"I...was moved to tears. This is such a phenomenal film!
—Bevil Townsend, curator, In Your Ear arts series
"Beautifully shot. Very evocative."
"This is A LOVELY AND GROUNDBREAKING FILM."
—Marita Golden, bestselling author
Pamela Woolford (Writer, Director, Editor, Sound Designer, Lead Performer)
A Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award-winning screenwriter, a voiceover actor, and a modern and ethnic dancer, Pamela Woolford makes her film directorial debut with her experimental solo-screendance short Generation. Pamela’s connection to storytelling in all its forms—film, the written word, dance, acting—began in childhood, listening to her mother’s stories of growing up in rural North Carolina in the '30s, '40s, and ‘50s, a life far removed from her suburban upbringing. It was these tales that inspired her, decades later, to write her short story “Just After Supper,” from which she adapts the script for Generation.
PAMELA'S WRITINGS ON FILM
As editor of Jambalaya Magazine, the journal spotlighting people of African descent which she co-founded in the 1990s, Pamela edited film reviews among other contents. In 1994 she published "Filming Slavery," her interview with independent filmmaker Haile Gerima after the release of his acclaimed film Sankofa, in Harvard University's Transition. Of her more than 100 published articles and essays, "Filming Slavery" is her most cited work and is cited in L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema edited by Allyson Nadia Field, Jan-Christopher Horak, and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart (University of California Press, 2015) and Shaping the Future of African American Film by Monica White Ndounou (Rutgers University Press, 2014). “Filming Slavery” has been, over decades, required reading for courses at universities. Pamela has also profiled documentary filmmaker Jeff Bieber for The Baltimore Sun.
Pamela has been:
- a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner for screenwriting;
- a Maryland House of Delegates Official Citation recipient for journalism;
- a 2019 Changemaker Challenge Award recipient;
- a 2019 NES Artist Resident in Skagaströnd, Iceland;
- a 2019 Maryland State Arts Council Creativity Grant recipient;
- a 2019 CR8:BLK Black Women Cinema Week Audience Choice Award winner;
- a 2019 Black Continental Independent Movie Award winner for Originality
- a 2019 Black Continental Independent Movie Award nominee for Best Short Film
- a 2018 North Beach American Film Festival Jury Award winner for Best Experimental Film, Animation Film, or Music Video;
- a 2018 Canada Shorts Award of Commendation recipient
- a two-time 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee (one for “Just After Supper”);
- a 2018 Experimental Forum Honorable Mention Award recipient for "vision and the film's unique contribution to cinema";
- a 2016 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards finalist;
- shortlisted for the 2017 Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize; and
- a 2014 Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Contest semifinalist at Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts.
Production stills by Denée Barr.