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Georgia Southern Department of Communication Arts assistant professor selected as fellow for Southern Producers Lab

Abbey Hoekzema
Abbey Hoekzema

Abbey Hoekzema, Georgia Southern assistant professor of multimedia film and production, was one of 10 fellows selected for the 2020 Southern Producers Lab.

Produced and presented by the New Orleans Film Society, the program is designed to bring new producers from around the South together for intensive workshops, discussion panels, mentoring sessions and community building. They meet with industry leaders and established producers to discuss funding and finance, story development, festival strategy and other aspects of producing.

“The program allows us to get critical feedback on our specific films as we continue to develop the projects,” said Hoekzema.

Hoekzema is a documentary producer and the director of DOC Savannah, which is an organization that serves nonfiction filmmakers and the communities of the coastal empire and the low country in Georgia and South Carolina through documentary film.

This year, due to COVID-19, the first meeting for Southern Producers Lab was a virtual gathering held mid-April.

“In the age of COVID, having a support network like this is important for navigating uncharted waters,” said Hoekzema. “Every project in the lab has been affected by current events and we can talk with each other about challenges we’re facing with our work.”

Selected fellows will receive travel support, for planned trips to New Orleans and New York. They also receive a $2,000 project support grant. The other fellows are from all across the southern United States, from Texas to Kentucky.

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