Lorraine M. Blackwell is an award-winning writer, talented filmmaker and dedicated media educator. After working as a staff writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper for 10 years, Blackwell returned to Virginia Commonwealth University to complete a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, graduating with honors. She briefly worked as a writer and editor for the Associated Press, then decided to pursue her passion for screenwriting and documentary film at Howard University, where she received an MFA in film and video production. At Howard, Blackwell served as a graduate teaching assistant for five consecutive semesters and also taught a video production course. She recently served as an Assistant Professor at Hampton University, where she taught radio and television production courses. Blackwell has also taught screenwriting at the Graduate School USA and documentary filmmaking to middle school students and teachers around the country as a media teaching artist for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She served as editor, producer, script supervisor and production coordinator on short and feature-length indy films and television productions, including the Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, Jazz in the Diamond District, and The Skin, shot in Antigua and Barbuda. Her first screenplay, Wrong Side of the Tracks, was a quarterfinalist in the international BlueCat Screenplay Competition and also won a Paul Robeson Award for Best Graduate Script. She recently served as producer for the documentary, Dunbar: The Alchemy of Achievement, An Oral History of America's First Black Public High School, which premiered in 2016 and received a 2017 Impact DOC Award of Merit.
MFA, Film and Video Production, Howard University
Faculty Rank: Instructor