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Award-winning Documentary, Street Reporter, on Festival Circuit

Community Voice Lab Director Laura Waters Hinson debuts award-winning documentary, Street Reporter.

Shelia White holding a megaphone.

American University School of Communication professor Laura Waters Hinson’s award-winning film, Street Reporter, has launched a nationwide screening tour at film festivals, universities, and civic organizations in conjunction with the Community Voice Lab.

Street Reporter chronicles the journey of Sheila White, an aspiring photojournalist who dreams of overcoming her experience of homelessness in Washington D.C. The documentary was made in collaboration with Street Sense Media, a DC-based organization which seeks to tell stories of homelessness through the journalistic lens of those who experience it. Through this collaborative filmmaking process, White used her visual media skills to contribute her photography and video journalism to the film. 

In April 2022, Street Reporter won the Jury Award for Best Short Documentary at the Annapolis Film Festival. The film has also won the Audience Choice Awards at Indy Shorts Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival, as well as the Social Impact Media (SIMA) Award for Creative Activism. Additionally, the film screened at the prestigious Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, which is the nation’s largest black film festival, and will be playing at the United Nations Association Film Festival in San Fransico in late October.

The film’s subjects, Sheila White and Reginald Black, are serving as Impact Producers for the film, participating in live and virtual panel discussions across the country.

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