Fannie Lou Hamer documentary inspired by FSU professor’s research to make national premiere on PBS

Davis Houck, Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies at FSU School of Communication. (FSU College of Communication and Information)

A documentary telling the story of Fannie Lou Hamer will make its national debut on PBS thanks to contributions from a professor, alumni and students of Florida State University.

“Fannie Lou Hamer’s America” will kick off America ReFramed’s historic 10th season with a special showing on PBS at 9 pm ET on Tuesday, February 22, followed by its WORLD channel on Thursday, February 24.

Davis Houck, FSU’s Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies at the College of Communication and Information, helped put together the project team and served as a researcher and consultant for the production.

“This project was difficult – difficult to research, difficult to produce, difficult to finance, difficult to edit,” Houck said. “But with a wonderful and talented team, made up of many FSU students and graduates, Fannie Lou Hamer will finally be able to tell her own story. His words are more urgent and relevant than ever.

Aired during Black History Month, the film is produced by Hamer’s great-niece, Monica Land and Selena Lauterer, and directed by two-time School of Communication graduate Joy Davenport. Pablo Correa, a graduate of the FSU School of Communication, is a videographer and producer of the film. Davenport and Correa were both Houck’s students at FSU.

“Fannie Lou Hamer’s America” focuses on the incredible life of one of the foremost leaders of the civil rights movement and the injustices that made his work essential. Hamer tells his story in his own words in the 90-minute film through archival audio recordings and rarely seen video footage. Instead of relying on secondary sources and experts, the team of filmmakers and academics wanted Hamer to tell his own story from start to finish.

A WORLD Channel and American Documentary, Inc. co-production, America ReFramed is a documentary anthology series that brings compelling stories, personal voices and experiences to life. Since 2012, the series has featured 170 films by more than 370 filmmakers.

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