ABOUT THE FILMMAKER….
Lorna Johnson-Frizell (aka LJ Frizell) began her career as an independent filmmaker with her first film Strands which was screened at a number of festivals nationwide,
including the Atlanta Film and Video Festival, Women in the Director’ Chair, and the
Ann Arbor Film and Video Festival. Her film My Wolverine won a 5@5 Jury award at the
Mill Valley Film Festival and won awards from the National Black Programming
Consortium. (now called Black Public Media). Her 2004 documentary, Freedom Road, profiles women prisoners in a memoir writing workshop is currently in distribution at Women Make Movies. In 2007, she produced Just Another War, which
looks at impact of the Iraq war on three women’s lives. It screened at the 2008
Athens Film Festival and the 2009 Montreal Human Rights Film Festival. She has been invited to present her work at Whitney Humanities Center at Yale
University, George Washington University and the Montreal Human Rights Film
Festival. In 2012 she was awarded the Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation
granted to artists whose work demonstrates a commitment to social change. Most recently LJFrizell completed Seven Square Miles a profile of an innovative
police/community initiative which aims to reduce gun crime.
Leeway Transformation Award
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