The Call  

Anna French, a young African-American teacher from Kentucky, makes plans to participate in the Great Migration by moving to Chicago in 1917. She'll be leaving generations of pain, along with memories, behind as she chooses to forget her past when migrating north. 

The video essay is inspired by the large volume of letters written to northern newspapers by hopeful migrants throughout the South. It was filmed partially on Kentucky homestead where the filmmaker's ancestors were enslaved and also includes original 19th-century documents connected to those same family members. The video is an exploration into the relationship between migration and memory; how the intentional act of forgetting can be key to one’s survival to escape trauma, persecution, and prejudice.

This has been my family’s home for generations. At times it’s so peaceful…. Beautiful even.... But beauty fades.


  • 2018 Governors Island Art Fair – 11th Annual, New York, NY

  • 2018 Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition Change of State, Wassaic, NY 

  • 2018 Official Selection – Crested Butte Film Festival, Crested Butte, CO

  • 2018 Official Selection – BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2018 Official Selection – NewFilmmakers NY, Film Anthology Archives, New York, NY

  • 2018 Official Selection – Queens World Film Festival, Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY

  • 2018 Official Selection – San Diego Black Film Festival, Reading Cinemas, San Diego, CA

  •  2018 Official Selection – Feminist Border Arts Film Festival, New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

  • 2018 Let Me Be A Witness - Art Exhibition – Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

  • 2017 What I Like About You - 26th Annual Juried Presentation of New Work, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA