VotL Screening at Duke University 10/20 @ 6:30pm

Hi folks,

We’re excited to announce that Voices of the Lumbee will screen as part of Duke University’s Rights! Camera! Action! film series on Tuesday, October 20th. The event will take place in the Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly room in the Perkins Library on Duke’s campus. The screening begins at 6:30pm and will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Michele Fazio and Jason Hutchens. They will also be joined by Lawrence Locklear (Lumbee) of the Southeast American Indian Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Additional screenings are being scheduled for November. We’ll continue to post new information as future screenings are finalized.


~VotL Team

Voices wins Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism!

We are excited to announce that Voices of the Lumbee recently won the Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism from the Working Class Studies Association. An awards ceremony will be held at the association’s conference at Georgetown University at the end of May. The film will also be screened during the conference. We continue to seek venues to showcase the film and are happy that it continues to receive positive accolades. Many thanks to the Working Class Studies Association for this significant recognition.

~VotL Team



Dr. Jo Ann Chavis Lowery and her sister, Erlene, both from the Pembroke Heritage Elder’s group, attended the film screening at the Working-Class Studies Association conference held at Georgetown University.

Dr. Jo Ann Chavis Lowery and her sister, Erlene, both from the Pembroke Heritage Elder’s group, attended the film screening at the Working-Class Studies Association conference held at Georgetown University.

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!