WVSU Creators Program to Host Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker Jacob Young

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Oct. 13, 2015
WVSU Creators Program to Host Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker Jacob Young

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) Creators Program will host a free “Creators Dialogue” and screening with W.Va. filmmaker Jacob Young Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at the WVSU Economic Development Center (EDC) in Charleston.

Young is perhaps best known for his 1992 film “Dancing Outlaw,” the story of Boone County native Jesco White. The film received a 1992 Emmy Award and a 1993 American Film Institute Award for Best Documentary.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jacob to the Creators Program,” said Danny Boyd, WVSU communications professor and artist in residence at the EDC. “He is hands-down the most influential West Virginia filmmaker of our generation.”

During the Creators Program event, Young will screen a short compilation of his work, followed by an intimate conversation with attendees about his career in film.

A screenwriter, cinematographer, editor and filmmaker, Young often creates documentary films that explore the eccentric people living in his native Appalachia. His 1986 film “Appalachian Junkumentary” was purchased by more than 90 PBS stations and won a 1988 PBS Special Achievement Award. He also produced two seasons of the documentary series “Different Drummer,” broadcast by the BBC.

Space is limited for the event, and registration is required. To register, visit www.wvsuedc.org.

The WVSU EDC is located at 1506 Kanawha Blvd. W. in Charleston.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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