Filmmaker in Residence Poised to Submit Documentary to Film Festivals

Katrina Taylor, an Elon alumna and the filmmaker in residence for Elon Docs, recently finished a film called "Green Hair Grey Hair," a documentary about an unlikely partnership between punk rockers and a group of seniors. She's now gearing up to submit her film to festivals.

A description of the documentary reads, "What do punk rockers and senior citizens have in common? Washington, D.C., is in the midst of rapid gentrification. In the Shaw/ North Capitol area, a low-income, mostly African-American community is being forced out of a neighborhood and a city they helped build. Many of the women were civil rights activists, one of whom was a foremost player in getting the civil rights bill passed.  Now, they are stuck in a home for senior citizens that is rapidly being threatened because of the changing demographics in the city.

Mark Anderson, an activist, writer and punk rocker, was heavily influenced by his time in Positive Force, an activist group focused on empowering youth.  A few years ago, he saw an opportunity to bring the Positive Force group members together with senior citizens. Soon thereafter, he started We are Family, which serves senior citizens in the Shaw/North Capitol area of the District.

In addition, Taylor also recently completed a 6-minute piece about the Celebration Singers, a choir of developmentally disabled adults in Alamance County, that aired on UNC-TV's North Carolina Now July 31.

"Katrina is a talented filmmaker," said Brooke Barnett, associate professor in the School of Communications and director of Elon Docs. "We were lucky to have her with us for four months. She is a fabulous person to work with because not only is she very good at filmmaking, she is so easy to be around. The students learned from her but also enjoyed being around her."

The filmmaker in residence with Elon Docs is expected to mentor students and to produce work individually. Taylor is the third person to hold the title.


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