I was selected to be a Lead Editor on this 40-minute documentary. I shot video as a producer and cinematographer; culled and edited 100+ hours of footage; and collaborated with a team of impact producers on the film's impact strategy. More than 350 people attended the community premiere. Since then, a fine cut of Silence Sam has been screened by Cucalorus Film Festival and Black Star Film Festival, and shown across UNC by student organizations and academic departments.
This project made me reconsider the possibilities of impact strategy for documentary film. Rather than make a film aimed at convincing an impartial audience to change their minds about this polarizing issue, the impact producers pushed our team to create a film that validated the importance of student movement and aimed to foster unity and solidarity among UNC’s marginalized communities. The student movement was galvanized, perspectives shifted, and understanding was deepened among community members who went on to pressure the administration to openly denounce Silent Sam later that year.