The Agronomist, 2003

This past winter, on a planning visit for You’re not looking at this in the right light… at Pillsbury House + Theatre , I met Molly Van Avery. We clicked instantly, and she invited me to visit her Spring 2014 Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) class Making Media, Making Change to talk about Tell Me About Your Mother. That was my first introduction to HECUA partner, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).

This summer, I’ll work as Co-Coordinator for the the Youth Intern Program (YIP), “an intensive summer paid intern program for St. Paul high school students entering 9th though 12th grades. Interns work with mentors and with each other for seven weeks during the summer to make meaningful media about community issues. This program provides interns with hands-on media production experience.”

I started my training with the other YIP Co-Coordinator Kevin Kalla, and as part of an introductory interview, he asked me about my favorite documentary. I love documentaries, but hands down, my favorite is The Agronomist, Jonathan Demme’s 2003 film about Jean Dominique and Radio Haiti-Inter, Haiti’s first independent radio station.

The official trailer is… corny. This ten-minute excerpt from the first part of the film is better. (Available on DVD pretty cheaply at Amazon.)