VOTL heads to LA!


Sandra Torres, VOTL’s production team research assistant, presented Stories of Struggle: Work Histories of the Lumbee at the Impact Conference, the largest service-learning conference in the nation, held in Los Angeles, CA this February. Her workshop introduced the three-year service-learning project that led to the making of Voices of the Lumbee and screened behind-the-scenes videos and opening segments of the film. She also shared archival research and led a workshop for members of the audience (students, teachers, and activists) to explore their own work histories. Thanks, Sandra, for all your hard work!

Photo by Christie Poteet

Happy New Year!

2014 was an exciting year for the VotL team! The film was completed and premiered to the Pembroke community, and we won several awards shortly after its completion. 2015 holds big things in store for Voices of the Lumbee as we plan to screen it at film festivals across the U.S. (and maybe beyond)! Stay tuned for news on where it will be showing. In the meantime, here are a few images from the premiere of Voices of the Lumbee at our own 2014 Lumbee River Independent Film Festival. (Photos by Laura Bird.)


Dr. Fazio sharing some love on the red carpet!


Drs. Jason Hutchens, Dandan Liu, and Michele Fazio pose for the big event.


The audience filling the theater.


Chancellor Carter introduces the producers of the film.


On the big screen.


Post showing: Anything that went wrong was clearly Dr. Fazio’s fault. ;)


Dr. Liu and her students celebrating the close of an excellent opening night!

Happy New Year everyone! We hope that 2015 has great things in store for each of you!

~VotL Team

Seasons Greetings!

Hi folks,

The holidays and a new year are closing in! It was an extremely eventful year for the VotL team and we’re looking forward to more news and events related to the film in 2015. We get emails from folks wondering when the film will be available for the general public. We assure you that day is coming and ask for a little more patience. Currently Voices of the Lumbee is under consideration for film festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada. We should begin getting notifications about its acceptance status as early as January or February. If all goes well we’ll be screening the movie to a variety of audiences and seeking distribution venues so that more folks can be exposed to the film’s messages. We’ll continue posting updates as information comes to us.

In the meantime, we hope each and every one of you has a safe and happy holiday, and that 2015 treats you well.


~VotL Team

VotL Filmmakers Receive Brown-Hudson Award from NC Folklore Society


On Saturday Oct. 11th Drs. Michele Fazio and Jason Hutchens attended the North Carolina Folklore Society’s 101st conference where they received the Brown-Hudson Award for their work on Voices of the Lumbee. The award recognizes persons who have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation, continuation, or study of North Carolina folk traditions. We’re thrilled to have received this honor. Thanks go out to all of the folks involved in the production that helped make this possible!

VotL wins Broadcast Education Association Award

We received news last week that Voices of the Lumbee won first place in the Broadcast Education Association’s District 2 Faculty Video Competition! The conference will be held at the end of September and clips of the film will be showcased at the event. Special thanks to everyone involved that helped make this possible. We hope this is the first of many!