April 23, 2021

Jordan Young ’22 selected for prestigious ‘Star Trek’ Command Training Program

The Elon University junior will participate in the Television Academy Foundation program, fondly dubbed the “Emmy’s internship,” this summer. Associate Professor Rachel Raimist, who serves as the academic director of the Elon in Los Angeles program, mentored Young and first mentioned the program during her Winter Term course, “The Push for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Hollywood.” The program is fondly dubbed the “Emmy’s internship” because, when the internship is held face-to-face, the students often hold an Emmy on their first day, Raimist explained. READ THE ARTICLE HERE.

March 25, 2021

How Cierra Glaudé Went From Being a Queen Sugar P.A. to Sitting in the Director's Chair

In 2014, while she was in school, Glaudé met another woman who would help make her dreams possible: DuVernay. Ahead of filming Selma, DuVernay, then an up-and-coming director herself, visited the University of Alabama for its weekend-long campus film festival. Raimist and DuVernay had become friends when they previously worked together on a film, back when DuVernay was a publicist. READ THE ARTICLE HERE

February 3, 2021

Nancy Drew Season 2 E03 Preview: Is The Drew Crew Out of Options?

Nancy Drew Season 2, Episode 3 "The Secret of Solitary Scribe": TICK TOCK – With time running out, Nancy (Kennedy McMann) and the Drew Crew come up with a plan that they think might help reverse the curse that the Aglaeca placed on them. Leah Lewis, Alex Saxon, Tunji Kasim, Maddison Jaizani and Riley Smith also star. Rachel Raimist directed the episode written by Alex Taub. READ MORE

October 10, 2020


Topic: Representation in the Media Both On and Off Camera/ Panelists Include: Writer/Co-Producer: Danny Tolli Director: Rachel Raimist Development Coordinator at the CW Network: Nelson Jimenez Join GFA in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by viewing our discussion about Latinx representation and identity in the Hollywood industry today. WATCH THE EVENT.

August 6, 2020

Podcast Interview: Happier in Hollywood ep 169

Liz and Sarah talk to director Dr. Rachel Raimist (Queen Sugar, Roswell New Mexico) about how she’s shooting safely during the time of Covid-19. What exactly are “color coded pod sets” anyway? Listen to podcast episode 169.

May 4, 2020

Roswell, New Mexico: Liz & Max Clash With Jamie Clayton's New FBI Agent Grace

"I had a lot of fun working with Rachel [Raimist], who directed Episode 8. And Jeanine [Mason] is beyond amazing. I felt really welcomed, which is a rare feeling in this business. It's a special show, and I'm so thrilled." READ THE STORY.

May 2, 2020

Roswell, New Mexico: Jamie Clayton Guest Stars in New Say It Ain't So

The CW has released photos for "Say It Ain't So" the upcoming eighth episode of Roswell, New Mexico's second season. With Max back to life, the focus begins to shift in earnest to the mysterious disappearances around Roswell. Earlier in the season, Maria's (Heather Hemmens) mother went missing only to show up inexplicably several weeks later and now Jenna Cameron (Riley Voelkel) has also disappeared. It's the mystery of Jenna's disappearance that will send Max (Nathan Parsons) looking for her and, from the looks of the photos, has him cross paths with Jamie Clayton's character. READ THE STORY.

April 29, 2020

Roswell New Mexico Photos: Say It Ain't So

“Say It Ain’t So” is the title of the May 4 episode of Roswell New Mexico and The CW has released a description to promote it!  VISIT THE SITE.

April 23, 2020

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO on THE CW

JAMIE CLAYTON GUEST STARS - Despite promising Liz (Jeanine Mason) that he'll take things easy with his new heart, Max (Nathan Dean) sets out to find Cameron after learning that she's gone missing. Michael (Michael Vlamis) grows concerned about Maria (Heather Hemmens) after a surprising discovery about her family history leaves her vulnerable. Elsewhere, ready to move on, Alex (Tyler Blackburn) goes on a date with Forrest (guest star Christian Antidormi), and Rosa (Amber Midthunder) makes a decision about her future. Rachel Raimist directed the episode written by Eva McKenna & Christopher Hollier (#208). Original airdate 5/4/2020. READ THE STORY.

April 7, 2020

Podcast Interview: OKAY, BACK TO ONE!

We all have an origin story but pitching yourself and your work is harder than it seems. The guest, director Rachel Raimist, has some great tips for standing out that she honed while on her own amazing journey. LISTEN HERE.

February 14, 2020

True Stories of Good People Podcast: Rachel Raimist: It's Never Too Late for Your Dreams

22 years ago, Rachel Raimist was a film student at UCLA, following her dreams of being a film director. Then, in one fell swoop, her life was turned upside down. In a very short period of time, Rachel not only found out that she was pregnant with her first child, but that both of her parents had been diagnosed with cancer. Her life changed course at that point and her Hollywood dreams were put to the side. But 22 years later, she got another chance. LISTEN HERE.

February 1, 2020

It was like a movie: the high school students who uncovered a toxic waste scandal

In the 90s, an inspirational teacher and his students uncovered corruption and illegal dumping in their backyard. Nearly 30 years on, is Middletown still at risk? READ THE STORY.

August 28, 2018

#BackChannel: The Women Behind ‘Queen Sugar’

Host Frank Stasio talks with popular culture experts Mark Anthony Neal, chair of the department of African and African American studies at Duke University and Natalie Bullock Brown, filmmaker and teaching assistant professor at North Carolina State University for this episode of #BackChannel. They are joined by Rachel Raimist, a professor at the University of Alabama who directed season three episode 311 of the series 'Queen Sugar.' LISTEN HERE.

Augsut 8, 2018

Inside the Episode: Kat Candler & DeMane Davis on Responsibility | Queen Sugar | OWN

Queen Sugar' showrunner Kat Candler and producing director DeMane Davis focus their conversation on responsibility and accountability in Episode 311. WATCH HERE.


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June 26, 2018


The Bordelon family Sugar Cane Farm is about to get a taste of Alabama.

Dr. Rachel Raimist, a Journalism and Creative Media professor at the University of Alabama, has been tapped to direct an episode of the ground-breaking series “Queen Sugar.” READ HERE.

June 19, 2018

STYLIST UK: These are the 25 female directors Ava DuVernay wants you to know about

Welcome to your go-to guide of some of the most impressive female directors in the world right now.

It’s a fact proven by industry statistics and dwindling awards nominations; there are not enough female directors in Hollywood, or the film industry in general. READ HERE.

June 24, 2018

TUSCALOOSA NEWS: UA professor set to direct episode for TV drama

Raimist is directing episode 311, ” Your Passages Have Been Paid.” “Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe. Directing the episode means Raimist will become a member of the Directors Guild of America, which represents 17,000 members worldwide. READ  HERE.

June 20, 2018

AL.COM: Alabama professor to direct episode of Oprah-produced show Queen Sugar

A University of Alabama professor will soon direct an episode of the popular drama series "Queen Sugar." Rachel Raimist, a professor of journalism and creative media at UA, will shoot the episode in New Orleans this month. READ HERE.

June 7, 2018


“Queen Sugar,” the OWN drama series  from Ava DuVernay, announced the remaining directors to complete the season three all-female directorial line-up. The ladies include first time television directors Nijla Mu’min, Christina Choe, Ayoka Chenzira and Rachel Raimist, along with the return of “Queen Sugar” showrunner Kat Candler. These directors join the previously announced line-up including “Queen Sugar” producing director DeMane Davis, Patricia Cardoso, Shaz Bennett, Maria Govan and Lauren Wolkstein. READ HERE.

June 11, 2018

UA NEWS: Raimist to Direct Episode of Queen Sugar

Journalism and creative media professor, Dr. Rachel Raimist, will direct an episode of Queen Sugar in New Orleans during the month of June. The invitation comes from notable film writer, director and producer, Ava DuVernay of Selma, 13th and A Wrinkle in Time. Directing this episode will place Raimist in the Directors Guild of America, the preeminent organization of more than 17,000 members representing directors and members of the directorial worldwide. READ HERE.

June 9, 2018

REFINERY29: Ava DuVernay Reminds Hollywood To Say “Yes” To Women

Director, producer, and writer Ava DuVernay has some advice for Hollywood: say “yes.” Specifically, say yes to women. In a heartfelt Twitter thread, DuVernay expanded on an ongoing message about the necessity of consciously creating opportunities for women in the film and television industry. “Here are the 25 women directors who helmed #QUEENSUGAR over our three seasons,” she wrote, attaching a photo with all 25 women’s headshots lined up. READ HERE.

June 7, 2018

RF FOCUS: OWN’S “QUEEN SUGAR” Announces Remaining Directorial Line-Up In All Female Team Helming Season Three Including Nijla Mu’Min, Christina Choe, Ayoka Chenzira And Rachel Raimist

“Queen Sugar,” the critically acclaimed OWN drama series from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“Wrinkle in Time,” “13th,” “Selma”), executive producer Oprah Winfrey and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, announced today the remaining directors to complete the season three all-female directorial line-up to include first time television directors Nijla Mu’min, Christina Choe, Ayoka Chenzira and Rachel Raimist, along with the return of “Queen Sugar” showrunner Kat Candler.  READ HERE.

June 7, 2018

BROADWAY WORLD: OWN's Queen Sugar Announces Remaining Directorial Line-Up in All Female Team Helming Season Three

"Queen Sugar," the critically acclaimed OWN drama series from Academy award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay ("Wrinkle in Time," "13th," "Selma"), executive producer Oprah Winfrey and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, announced today the remaining directors to complete the season three all-female directorial line-up to include first time television directors Nijla Mu'min, Christina Choe, Ayoka Chenzira and Rachel Raimist, along with the return of "Queen Sugar" showrunner Kat Candler. READ HERE.

June 7, 2018


“Queen Sugar,” the OWN drama series  from Ava DuVernay, announced the remaining directors to complete the season three all-female directorial line-up. The ladies include first time television directors Nijla Mu’min, Christina Choe, Ayoka Chenzira and Rachel Raimist, along with the return of “Queen Sugar” showrunner Kat Candler. READ HERE.

June 6, 2018

DEADLINE: Queen Sugar Unveils Final Set Of Directors For All-Female-Helmed Season 3 of Oprah Winfrey-Ava DuVernay Drama

EXCLUSIVE: One week after Queen Sugar‘s two-part Season 3 debut on OWN, the drama executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay has announced the final set of directors for the all-female-helmed series and widened its inclusion scope with new castings. The new directors are Nijla Mu’min, Christina Choe, Ayoka Chenzira and Rachel Raimist, along with the return of Queen Sugar Season 3 showrunner Kat Candler. READ HERE.

June 6, 2018

VARIETY: TV News Roundup - Queen Sugar added new cast members and directors

In today’s roundup, “Queen Sugar” added new cast members and directors to its third season, and “American Idol” announced dates and cities for its summer auditions. READ HERE.

June 6, 2018

THE FUTON CRITIC: OWN's Queen Sugar Announces Directorial Line-up for Season Three


June 7, 2018

RAPID TV NEWS: Queen Sugar rounds out all-female director team

The Queen Sugar, OWN drama series in the US from Academy award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, executive producer Oprah Winfrey and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, has announced the remaining directors for season three. READ HERE.

May 30, 2018

AL.COM: Alabama filmmaker catches the eye of one of Hollywood's biggest names

Raised in Prichard, Alabama, 26-year-old Cierra Glaude, says she never could imagine taking her passion for filmmaking from Alabama to television and film sets, working on large-budget projects... READ HERE.

August 2, 2017

UA NEWS: C&IS Places Four Television Academy Interns

Three College of Communication and Information Sciences students and one recent alumna are working as Television Academy Foundation Interns. Each year, the Television Academy Foundation’s Internship Program provides approximately 50 students from across the nation with hands-on experience in the entertainment industry, mentorships and opportunities for accelerated career development in more than 30 categories. READ HERE.

April 2016

Honor's Communities: Students Grow and Learn in a Community of Scholars

Dr. Rachel Raimist, faculty-in-residence in Ridgecrest West and associate professor of Telecommunication and Film, said she made the decision to live in the dorms with Honors students because a friend of hers was faculty-in-residence and loved it. READ HERE.

April 3, 2016

Tuscaloosa Fuels the Fun

The day had finally arrived. The sun was shining, the people were dancing, and the kids were laughing. After running around for months planning and perfecting Tuscaloosa’s first Yellowhammer Festival, Alyx Chandler was finally able to stand still long enough to look around and see what she had a hand in creating. READ HERE.

April 4, 2016

Petal to the Metal // Yellowhammer Fest

Cars drive up intermittently, some of the passengers local but others are from hours away. All are turned away by a boy in a gray shirt standing next to a white mini-van. He explains to them each time that the festival has been canceled. He commiserates with each group, wishes things were different, that the weather had been more forgiving. READ HERE.

March 30, 2016

Music, Pedal Power Highlight Yellowhammer Festival, Co-Hosted by UA Groups

Alternative rock band Sister Hazel will headline a free concert at the Yellowhammer Festival from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Tuscaloosa River Market. Other acts include Wray, Shaheed & DJ Supreme, Looksy and the Doctors and the Lawyers. READ HERE.

March 31, 2016

A little bird told me: Yellowhammer Festival to showcase music and art

Late in the evening on Easter Sunday, Brandon Izor, a junior majoring in computer science, stood in the middle of the Creative Campus offices in Maxwell Hall and checked his mathematics work one last time. He and Francis Ittenbach, a senior majoring in English, stared at the table saw and PVC pipes in front of them and worried, not for the first time, if they miscalculated something along the way and if their careful plans would work. They lifted the saw and started cutting as their fellow interns continued their own frantic work around them. READ HERE.

March 24, 2016

UA Students create YouTube series "Subtle Adulthood"

Two girls sit on a couch discussing adult life, lights are shining on them, and a camera is rolling. They're part of a small group of film students who meet to put on their own web series, writing their comedy based on their own life experiences.“Subtle Adulthood with Red and Bangs” is a YouTube show that consists of four episodes around five minutes long. This project was a team effort, consisting of two stars, a director, a sound technician, an editor, and a camera operator, just to name a handful. READ HERE.

November 9, 2015

Capturing literacy: TCF majors mentor youth

The students become the teachers, and "Key and Peele" get a run for their money. A group of middle school and high school students at the Capitol School, in the Center for Digital Literacies class, have been working all semester on parodying a "Key and Peele" sketch, “Teaching Center,” under the mentorship of telecommunication and film students from The University of Alabama. 

July 24, 2015

UA Film Students Selected for Prestigious Internships

The University of Alabama was one of only two schools in the nation with multiple students who earned internships in 2015 through the Television Academy Foundation’s highly competitive internship program. Telecommunication and film majors Tanner Robbins, of Hoover, Dillon Owen, of Moulton, and Christina Irion, of Spanish Fort, were selected for the prestigious program. READ HERE.

July 22, 2015

UA alumni stand out at Campus Moviefest

Hollywood, the glittering epicenter of the American film industry, is home to the Campus MovieFest, an exhibition that honors the best young auteurs in the country. This year, three University of Alabama alumni took home awards. Kevin and Calvin Ross, two twin-brothers who create movies together, won a Lifetime Achievement award for making seven films during their college career. Their most recent picture, “A Terrible Thing,” also won second prize in the Elfenworks Social Justice category. Michael Thomas’s film “Traces” was chosen for the CMF’s award for Best Picture from The University of Alabama. READ HERE.

April 28, 2015

UA Senior’s Film Selected for Screening at Cannes Film Festival

Add News Story heUniversity of Alabama telecommunication and film student Michael Thomas will enjoy an international spotlight when his short film “Traces” screens at the Cannes Film Festival this summer.Thomas, a senior from Birmingham, originally created the film for UA’s Campus MovieFest, where it won a Jury Award. The film tells the story of a young boy searching for his mother after a storm.“My passion is cinematography,” Thomas said. “I love visuals, painting with light, conveying a story through imagery. I love directing, but my passion is cinematography.” READ HERE.

April 8, 2015

Creative Campus develops community arts project

Maxwell Hall is the oldest building on campus and only one of a few buildings to make it through the Civil War. At one point, it was a celestial observatory, explaining the dome that rises above the front room. The pedestal the telescope once sat on is still intact. Today Maxwell Hall is the home of 40 student interns who make up the Creative Campus team. READ HERE.

March 3, 2015

TCF student focuses on storytelling in filmmaking

For Chris Swart, a junior majoring in telecommunication and film, filmmaking is all about telling stories. His documentary “Apartment B4” received the Audience Award at the Black Warrior Film Festival last month. READ HERE.

February 13, 2015

UA Hosts Oscar Nominees at Third Annual Black Warrior Film Festival

The third annual Black Warrior Film Festival takes place Feb. 13- 15 on The University of Alabama campus and in downtown Tuscaloosa, showcasing student films from across the Southeast and those of award-winning industry professionals. READ HERE.

January 20, 2015

Screening of 'Selma' sells out Cobb Theaters

Every seat was filled in theatre 16 at Cobb Theatres on Monday night. University of Alabama students were there to see a free screening of “Selma,” a recently released movie that details the life of Martin Luther King Junior and his efforts to secure equal voting rights for black Americans. omas Herwig of the Honors College and Robin Boylorn of the communication studies department. READ HERE.

January 18, 2015

University of Alabama Black Warrior Film Festival hosting screening of "Selma"

The Black Warrior Film Festival and the University of Alabama Honors College Assembly will present a screening and panel discussion of the Oscar-nominated film “Selma” today. “We really want to give students on campus an opportunity to see the film,” said Katie Howard, executive director of the student-run Black Warrior Film Festival. READ HERE.

September 29, 2014

The CW: "TCF in LA" offers intern experience

The “TCF in LA” class is bringing Bama to Hollywood with the opportunity for students to intern in Los Angeles during the winter interim or summer session. Through the program, students meet producers, cinematographers and industry executives, all while learning on the job. This year the class is available to 
all majors. READ HERE.

July 26, 2014

L.A. Area Emmys: Shaping a New Generation

The pros behind the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards mentor both high school and college student job shadowers, while prepping for the regional awards gala. READ HERE.

June 17, 2014

The CW: Student Interns Through The Emmys

Not many people get to work at their dream jobs immediately after college, but in between going to “Chelsea Lately” show tapings and book signings with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Daniel Barnes is doing just that. This summer, Barnes will complete an internship with the Emmys in Los Angeles, California. He’s one of 12 University of Alabama Telecommunication and Film students who have been placed around the Los Angeles area for a once-in-a-lifetime internship program for the next two months. READ HERE.

April 14, 2014

Planet Weekly: UA's Second Annual Black Warrior Film Festival

The second annual Black Warrior Film Festival will take place April 11-13, 2014, on The University of Alabama campus. The three-day festival will include a showcase of student films from across the South and events with industry professionals. All events are free and open to the public. READ HERE.

April 14, 2014

Bama Producer Blog: At University of Alabama U.A. stands for Understanding Ava

I can’t claim to be a film enthusiastic or even a fan of award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay. But after seeing Middle of Nowhere Saturday night and hearing the first African American woman to win the Best Director award at Sundance Film Festival in January 2013, I am convinced there is so much to be learned about the intersection of race, gender and motion pictures. READ HERE.

March 20, 2014

The CW: Travel Course Sends TCF Students to Colorado

Since 1974, the Telluride Film Festival has brought filmmakers and moviegoers to the Colorado Mountains to screen new films and pay tribute to Hollywood superstars and unknowns alike. Kristen Warner, assistant professor of the telecommunication and film department, is jump-starting a new travel course to take students to the festival. Warner, along with Rachel Raimist, a professor in the TCF department and co-director of Creative Campus, have run a number of film festival courses over the past few years. Warner said she plans to take some students to the Atlanta Film Festival, which lasts from March 28 to April 16. READ HERE.

February 20, 2014

The CW: Tuscaloosa Film Community Thrives

When talking about film, students might think of festivals like Cannes or Sundance, living in L.A. or New York, or large-scale Hollywood productions. Tuscaloosa’s film scene may be the last thing to come to mind, but students, faculty and community members are working to change that. READ HERE.

February 4, 2014

The CW: UA Students participate in Sundance Film Festival

For one week every January, filmmakers and filmgoers alike converge on the small town of Park City, Utah, nestled in the mountains east of Salt Lake City, for the Sundance Film Festival. For 10 students in the telecommunication and film department at The University of Alabama, this year’s festival was course credit and more. READ HERE.

November 21, 2013

The Tusk: Local Q&A with Rachel Raimist

This week we spoke with University of Alabama media production professor and co-director of Creative Campus Rachel Raimist. Raimist is well versed in video production and photography thanks to her schooling and various jobs in New York, California and Minneapolis. READ HERE.

October 24, 2013

UA NEWS: UA Film Professor Selected for Emmy Seminar

The University of Alabama’s Dr. Rachel Raimist is living proof that you don’t have to be in Hollywood to be a filmmaker, and people in L.A. are taking notice.Raimist, an assistant professor in the department of telecommunication and film and co-director of UA’s Creative Campus, has been invited to participate in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar Nov. 10-15 in Los Angeles. She is one of 20 faculty members nationwide selected. READ HERE.

October 22, 2013

The CW: Raimist teaches film, feminism, creativity

In the 11th grade, telecommunication and film professor Rachel Raimist was faced with the task of answering one of life’s essential questions: film school or monkeys?This question stemmed from Raimist’s early ambition to become a zoologist after developing a particularly close relationship with a monkey she visited at a local mall in her hometown of Middletown, N.Y., which she describes as Tuscaloosa without the University. It was only after her friend suggested she participate in one of UCLA’s summer programs for theatre, art and film that she was forced to abandon her passion for primates in exchange for permission to attend the program. READ HERE.

October 1, 2013

The CW: TCF students create TV show pilot

The Student Producers Association is producing a TV show pilot compiled of films from the Black Warrior Review Film Festival to air on an Alabama public network in spring 2014. “I am very hopeful that the show’s success will inspire a whole new crop of students who will want to get involved in the making of this show,” Raimist said. READ HERE.

September 17, 2013

AL.com: Spectacular Now at UA

University of Alabama students have an exciting opportunity to see what many consider one of the best films of 2013 so far and hear its director talk about it on campus in September."The Spectacular Now" is a coming-of-age romance starring Miles Teller as a hard-partying popular high school kid who finds an unlikely romance with Shailene Woodley's nice and mild-mannered Aimee.The film's director James Ponsoldt will appear at a UA screening in the Ferguson Center Theater at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23. Ponsoldt will discuss the film with Rachel Raimist, assistant professor of telecommunication and film and co-director of Creative Campus, following the show. READ HERE.

July 11, 2013

ALABAMA 13: UA film students take home three awards

TUSCALOOSA, AL -UA student filmmakers came home with titles for best film, best director and best editor from a nationwide filmmaking competition.


Head of the telecommunication and film department's production track, Dr. Rachel Raimist said, "Winning all three of these in one year is phenomenal and definitely raises the profile of our program."

April 13, 2013

USA ED NEWS: UA's First Black Warrior Film Festival to Host Films

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —The department of telecommunication and film, The Student Producer’s Association, Crimson Cinema Productions and Creative Campus will present the Black Warrior Film Festival at Reese Phifer Hall at The University of Alabama April 13.The free all-day festival will celebrate student films produced at the Capstone and showcase some of the highly awarded student productions that have come out of Tuscaloosa.“Our students and alumni are doing amazing things,” said Dr. Rachel Raimist, head of the telecommunication and film department’s production track and assistant director for Creative Campus. “This festival provides an opportunity for us to showcase just how special this program is and the quality of work that’s coming from our department.” READ HERE.

March 24, 2013

ANNISTON STAR: Saks graduate making her name in film

In her final semester at the University of Alabama, Branna Burns was faced with a bigger decision than whether or not to participate in spring commencement. The 2009 graduate of Saks High School had to choose between traveling to Las Vegas to attend the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts and accept an award for her work as a documentary producer and traveling to France to intern at the Cannes Film Festival and spend two weeks attending movie premieres with Hollywood insiders. Read more: Anniston Star - Saks graduate making her name in film

March 14, 2013

AL.com: Inside the house of Skywalker

Past the fountain that boasts a life-size sculpture of Yoda. Inside an unglamorous building that was once a hospital. And within a large, open room filled with desks (each outfitted with a computer and two video monitors) and decorated with movie posters from "The Avengers," "Battleship" and "Cowboys & Aliens." READ HERE.

March 7, 2013

AL.com: UA to host Marc Bamuthi Joseph

UA's Creative Campus will host artist Mark Bamuthi Joseph March 11-12.The award-winning Joseph was been on the cover of "Smithsonian Magazine" after he was named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of HBO's "Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices" and is the director of performing arts at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. READ HERE.

January 29, 2013

The CW: TCF class gives students the opportunity to network

Last week, Steve Carrell and Ashton Kutcher were at the Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah. Ellen Page was there, Amy Poehler made an appearance and, for the first time, so did a class of University of Alabama students. Kristen Warner and Rachel Raimist, assistant professors in the TCF department, planned and attended the trip. READ HERE.

January 29, 2013

AL.com: UA Sundance Film Festival trip

University of Alabama telecommunication and film students and instructors got recently got a taste of the country's most famous film festival in Park City, Utah, reports The Crimson White.Taking film majors to the Sundance Film Festival is more than just a field trip. For young artists who want to seriously pursue careers in the field, a trip to Sundance can be life-changing in more ways than one. It can reaffirm one's passion for the art, as it teaches valuable lessons on just how fast-paced and gritty the industry has become. READ HERE.

August 24, 2012

AL.com: UA well represented at Sidewalk Film Festival

The University of Alabama will be well-represented this weekend at the Sidewalk Film Festival.For starters, two Capstone alums will screen feature-length films on Saturday. UA Professor Rachel Raimist will serve as a juror at Sidewalk. READ HERE.

August 17, 2012

VITA.MN: B-GIRL BE: Female Call

To be a b-girl or not to be is no longer the question, it seems. It's just a reality. With the B-Girl Be festival celebrating its third year this weekend, we talked with four women making moves right here in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene to see what's on their minds as they navigate a culture still congested by men.

June 12, 2012

AL.com: UA students film R&B video

University of Alabama telecommunication and film students are getting some practical experience behind the camera this summer.Fifty UA students and alumni, 13 of whom were in professor Rachel Raimist's "Producing and Directing Music Videos and Live Events" summer session class, made up a crew to film a music video for Las Vegas R&B singer-songwriter Gifted last week. READ HERE.

March 29, 2011

The CW: Hip-hop artists film video on campus

While it is no secret two popular groups are coming to Tuscaloosa this Friday, the University has recently boasted another, less talked about visit from two internationally acclaimed artists.


This past week, members of the department of telecommunications and film filmed a professional, full-length music video titled “Roto” featuring artists Wajeed and Invincible.

March 1, 2011

Feminist Music Geek Blog

In an effort to tend to a Criterion backlog in my Netflix Instant queue, I watched Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank last night. I remember being intrigued when I caught the preview during a screening of An Education (which would pair well thematically). I was also more than a little nervous that the movie would take working-class girlhood less as a subject of exploration and instead as grounds for moral panic. READ HERE.

August 3, 2011

CDISPATCH: Tornado aftermath captured in ward-winning film

Growing up in Columbus, Xavier Burgin, like most little boys, loved comic books, fantasy and going to the movies. Mythical tales and superheroes left vivid impressions on a fertile imagination. But even Xavier didn''t realize then how deep those impressions went. Now 21, the University of Alabama senior is eager to be a force behind the camera. To be a visionary who captures stories worth telling. In April, no story seemed more important to tell than that of the devastating tornado that bored through Tuscaloosa, Ala. The resulting five minute documentary, "Portrait of the Storm," capsules the early aftermath. It also earned Burgin the 3D Movie Award and a $5,000 prize at the Campus MovieFest International Grand Finale in Hollywood, Calif., June 23-26.

June 29, 2011

AL.com: UA student wins 3D campus film award

A University of Alabama student has won an award at a college film festival for a movie he made about the tornadoes that swept through Alabama on April 27. Xavier Burgin, a UA senior, created "Portrait of the Storm" as an up-close look at the devastation the storm left in Tuscaloosa. He was one of 50 teams selected to compete. He received a $5,000 scholarship for winning the 3D Movie award at the finale of Campus MovieFest, which claims to be the world's largest student film festival and is held in Hollywood, Calif.

December 20, 2010

Bechdel Canon Test: Nobody Knows My Name

It's kind of ridiculous that we've come so far in this series without talking about Women Make Movies. Established in 1972, WMM is a New York-based non-profit feminist organization devoted to the production and distribution of independent films by and about women and girls. Their contributions to preserving the work of documentarians and feature filmmakers are invaluable.

April 7, 2010

CITY PAGES: From Vices to Verses

This free, three-day hip-hop conference at the U —with a $6-for-students Dead Prez show on Saturday at the Cabooze —brings the activist spirit behind B-Girl Be and the Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop to campus. This means more intellectuals, but also more hands-on workshops: Drumming, hypnosis, aerosol art, poetry, rapping, and popping and locking are among the breakout sessions. Former Green Party vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente, author Bakari Kitwana (who wrote The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture), and renaissance poet-playwright-choreographer Marc Bamuthi Joseph are the keynoters. Author Alexs Pate (ofIn the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap), filmmaker Rachel Raimist...

September 23, 2009

TUFTS DAILY: From the club to the classroom...

Forgot the name of Jay-Z's first album? At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, that could cost you an A.Most college students expect to learn about history before they graduate — but not necessarily about the cultural environment that led to the rise of a popular form of music today. However, this fall the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced that it will be holding a seminar on hip-hop. The seminar will integrate the perspectives of educators from diverse academic disciplines, ranging from women's studies to sociology, to explore the cultural influences and social impact of the musical genre.

September 15, 2009

HIPHOPWIRED: University of Wisconsin Hip Hop 101

As rapper Rick Ross has continuously stated, it is deeper than rap, and Hip-Hop is far more than just a genre of music. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is in the process of integrating the art form into its school as it will be devoting its fall semester to the scholarship and art of Hip-Hop. The semester will be filled with university and college experts that specialize in the academic field of Hip-Hop and will provide knowledge as well as incite on topics such as history, women's studies, communication arts and sociology.

August 16, 2009

New Black Man Blog: Say My Name: Women in Hip-Hop

Say “women in hip-hop” and the conversation is quickly reduced to what is widely known as the genre’s “woman problem.” In the edited collection, Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology, co-editor and filmmaker Rachel Raimist writes, “Many of hip-hop’s ‘women problems” come in the monolithic and repetitious representation of hip-hop as simply a sexist male rapper surrounded by an entourage of nameless and faceless gyrating bodies in video after video.” Issues of representations, as expressed by Raimist are at the heart of Say My Name (Women Make Movies) , the Nirit Peled documentary about women and hip-hop.Add News Story here

May 7, 2008

Racialicious: Essential Reading - Home Girls Make Some Noise

So, I grabbed Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology over the weekend and I cannot put it down. Seriously y’all – every spare minute I spend pouring over the pages. While this one is more intellectual than Chickenheads (which makes it a little less accessible) Gwendolyn D. Pough, Elaine Richardson, Aisha Durham, and Rachel Raimist brought it in this collection.

June 27, 2007

CITY PAGES: Where the Ladies At?

When Crazy Amy moved to Minneapolis, she arrived on a Greyhound bus carrying everything she owned. She'd gotten her nickname as a teenager back in Milwaukee selling mushrooms, something she's not proud of now. Anything you wanted, she says, she could get for you, "low, fast, and cheap, like 'Crazy Amy's Used Cars.'"

May 21, 2007

The Nation: Hip-Hop's EZ Scapegoats

Following Don Imus's rabid rant, a number of pundits and politicians have apparently decided on a consensus culprit to cleanse the national soul: hip-hop. Somehow, an aging cowboy-hatted shock jock has become a symbol for all that is wrong with an art form dominated and shaped by young people of color.

June 29, 2007

TC Daily Planet: B-Girl Rachel Raimist

With all the negative flap about the music industry's portrayal of females in Hip-Hop music, some local females have put an empowering spin on the male-dominated skills of MC-ing and break dancing, as they present the 3rd annual B-Girl Be Summit in the Uptown area of Minneapolis, set to kick off Thursday June 28th at Intermedia Arts, running through Sunday July 1st. MN Artists recently produced a profile on co-founder Rachel Raimist, highlighting her life as inspiration for her art.

July 20, 2007

MPR: Rachel Raimist talks about Hip Hop

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November 10, 2005

Arizona Daily Wildcat: A night of hip-hop feminism

What started off as a film exercise for a University of California, Los Angeles documentary class has propelled University of Minnesota graduate student Rachel Raimist into the national spotlight. The 58-minute documentary "Nobody Knows My Name," which focuses on the lives of women involved in hip-hop culture, has garnered national attention and will premiere at the UA on Monday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Harvill building, Room 150. In a phone interview, Raimist discussed her views on hip-hop, feminism and the challenges and tribulations of the vide-ho's life.

November 1, 2005

UA NEWS: Filmmaker Explores Hip-Hop Culture

Rachel Raimist is a filmmaker, scholar, educator, hip-hop feminist, activist, community organizer and mother. She is best known for her documentary, "Nobody Knows My Name," about women in hip-hop. She also shot two award-winning films, "Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme" and "Estilo Hip Hop."Raimist sees film as a powerful medium with revolutionary potential. For her, at the heart of revolution is the power of a story, so she finds the courage to tell hers.

June 2, 2005

St. Paul Pioneer Press Cover Story: Beguiling B-Girls Set the Hip-Hop Record Straight

Like most artists, Minneapolis performance poet Desdamona is loath to wear a label, but fem-activist is one she's happy to hoist, at least for the weekend. "In the beginning, women in hip-hop were more masculine -- you had to be down with the boys -- and now, you have to put it out there," Desdamona says, the "it" being a woman's sexuality. "(Women) see the images on the videos and think, 'Oh well, sex sells, so that's what I have to do,' " she says. "We want to show people something...

June 2, 2005

MPR: B-girl, be you

Mainstream hip-hop music can offer a view of the world that's about drugs and violence. It's not very nice to women, either. But there are some people who say it doesn't have to be that way. They call themselves B-girls. That's B for breakdance, and that's what some of these female hip-hop artists do. But others use verse, spray paint, and music to tell their stories. This weekend in Minneapolis the B-Girls are coming out to play.

June 2005

CHICAGO MAG: Feminists call for hip-hop reform

Hordes of thong-clad women, groped by rapper 50 Cent, flashed across the movie screen, and the filmmaker made her point: “We live according to the images we see in hip-hop culture.”Conference-goers listen to panelists discussing female objectification in hip hop.Showing her latest documentary on the use of sexuality in hip hop, panelist and Canadian producer Alison Duke helped open the national conference Feminism and Hip Hop, hosted by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC). Shifting between International House and Mandel Hall April 7–9, the conference attracted more than 900 people and addressed sexuality, drugs, crime, misogyny, consumerism, and nihilism in hip hop—urban dance and rap music and the accompanying fashion, style, and culture.

June 1, 2005

CITY PAGES: Hip-Hop's Lone Ladies Call for Backup

Remy Martin. Lil' Kim. Shawnna. Aside from being three of the only female MCs corporate radio played in the past year, they have something else in common, and it's not just a penchant for bustiers: They currently are, or have once been, the sole woman in a crew full of dudes.The "lone lady in the crew" is a rule that holds true with both mainstream rappers and local b-girls and graffiti artists, and it's been an issue since the beginning of hip hop--from the Zulu Nation'sWanda Dee, the first female hip-hop DJ ever, to MC Sha-Rock of the Funky Four Plus One and graffiti writer Lady Pink. If there only seems to be one space for a lady, women can wind up pitted against each other in ways they might not if they were collaborating. "Growing up in hip hop, the values that I learned were about healthy competition; you get in a circle and freestyle and dance and battle, but in many spaces I've definitely seen it escalate and get borderline violent," saysRachel Raimist, a hip-hop filmmaker/organizer/educator and feminist studies Ph.D at theUniversity of Minnesota...

May 29, 2005

INSIGHT NEWS: Summit recognizes womens role

Half of the story is missing from hip-hop. B-GIRL BE: Women and Hip-Hop Summit aims to fill in the missing pieces. The summit will be held on June 2-5 at Intermedia Arts, 2282 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Half of the story is missing from hip-hop. B-GIRL BE: Women and Hip-Hop Summit aims to fill in the missing pieces. The summit will be held on June 2-5 at Intermedia Arts, 2282 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis.

May 18, 2005

MN Women's Press: hip-hop b-girl style

I am old school hip-hop. You know, back in the day, my feminist (even if they didn't call it that) hip-hop favorites were Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa and MC Lyte, slinging lyrics that rocked the mic as hard as any man coming out of New York. They rocked the mic, talking of unity, strength, power and, of course, love. Today, the Queen still picks up a mic, but to play it smooth style and do her thing in movies; MC Lyte is on the small screen and touring; and Salt-N-Pepa became mothers, wives and entrepreneurs. A B-Girl looking for hip-hop inspiration from the mainstream gets a limited view of role models, from Lil' Kim to Foxy Brown (as one interpretation) or Eve and Missy Elliott or Jill Scott and India Arie. You decide which side you want to be on: the positive or negative image side of women in hip-hop.

Spring 2004

Velvet Light Trap: An Interview with Rachel Raimist

Q: Describe the process you underwent while making Nobody Knows My Name. Include details about finding funding, contacting your subjects, encountering difficulties, etc.


A: The film was made as my thesis project for my M.F.A. in directing at UCLA Film School. I received a small thesis award, but primarily I funded the film with a credit card. Although most people in film school as well as in the hip-hop community couldn't understand my vision for the documentary or my filming women no one had heard of, I believed in the project, so I made the film. The results have been overwhelming. Here's some of my story, how I got into hip-hop, hip-hop films, and Nobody.

February 26, 2003

VERBALISMS: Nobody Knows Her Name... YET

Many of you know her, many of you don’t. Her plate’s full but she’s still hungry for more. She is a superwoman, fighting with positive aggression. She’s a filmmaker, an activist, an educator, a community organizer, a writer and a mother. Her name is Rachel Raimist and she is changing the face of hip-hop.

December 19, 2003

Honolulu Star Bulletin: Girls Celebrate hip-hop lifestyle

Rachel Raimist admits she did not foresee the kind of fervor her film "Nobody Knows My Name" would generate. In fact, she says, its initial premiere was as much an eye-opener for her as for her audience.GiRL FeST presents "Medusa's Ball"Where: Studio 1, 1 N. King St.When: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. todayTickets: $15 pre-sale (available at Cheapo Music and Too Gruvs), $20 at the door; 18 and overCall: 945-0996Also: Rebel Girl Underground benefit party for GiRL FeST, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. tomorrow at Chuck's Cellar, 150 Kaiulani Ave. $5 cover (free before 10:30), 21 and over. Call 753-0466 for info.In 1999, Raimist, then a third-year graduate student at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, first screened the 58-minute hip-hop feature to an overflow audience at the James Bridges Theater on the school's campus. Never in the history of the venue had a documentary sold out every seat, and Raimist, who had expected only a few friends to attend, was astounded by the turnout.

August 15 - 22, 2001

LA WEEKLY: Nobody Knows Her Name

Filmmaker Rachel Raimist exames the faceless world of women in hip-hop


November 9, 2000

AUSTIN CHRONICLE: Nobody Knows My name

This documentary examines the story of women in hip-hop and how their self-expression has been marginalized in this male-dominated subculture. Some of the film’s interviewees include Asia One, Leschea, DJ Symphony, Lisa, T-Love, and Medusa. Rachel Raimist will be present for a Q&A. (The film previously played Austin during the SXSW Film Festival.

May 9, 2000

NY TIMES: Lessons for the Sisterhood

The summer's first festival arrived in league with the May swelter at Lighthouse Frying Pan on Saturday night. ''Take Back the Decks: An Evening of Women in Underground Music'' presented female D.J.'s and rappers to a female-dominated audience that recalled Lilith Fair. On one important level this evening did Lilith one better. Male backing musicians outnumbered the female stars at that much-admired festival. ''Take Back the Decks'' featured pure female artistry.

March 23, 2000

CHICAGO READER: Women In The Director's Chair

The 19th annual Women in the Director's Chair International Film and Video Festival, featuring narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental works by women, continues Friday through Sunday, March 24 through 26. Screenings are at Women in the Director's Chair Theater, 941 W. Lawrence; the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson; Video Machete, 5732 N. Glenwood; and South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $8, $6 for students, seniors with a valid ID, and members of Women in the Director's Chair. Festival passes are also available; for more information call 773-907-0610. Films marked with a 4 are highly recommended.

March 21, 2000

The Final Call: Women in hip hop head for big screen

Women getting their recogniation in the male dominated commerical industry of hip hop has been a long standing problem. Yet the film "Nobody Knows My Name" produced, directed and filmed by Rachel Raimist documents the less publiciized positive aspets of hip hop and sets trends and challenges to the standards of hip hop to be brought to a higher level.

November 30, 1999

Davey D's Hip Hop Corner: FNV Hip Hop Newsletter

At long last Hip Hop celebrates the accomplishments of it's women folk. There is a new documentary that will be premiering this week in Los Angeles entitled 'Nobody Knows My Name'. According to the press release the film is put together by Rachel Raimist of UCLA. The film is " Shot in an intimate, hand-held style the film draws you into the stories of the main characters- Medusa, T-Love, Lisa, Asia One, DJ Symphony, and Leschea. They are women of different ages, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds, but they are connected by one thing, their love for hip hop".

May 25, 1993

The Village Voice: High School Student's Video Prompts Upstate Dump Investigations

When mob-linked Orange County solid-waste moguls Lou and Robert Mongelli were sentenced in March, their crimes seemd severe and their penalty steep. Convicted of racketeering, money laundering, tax felonies, and attempting to bribe a state official, they were ordered to pay a $5 million fine and the same amount in back taxes. The brothers are scheduled to begin serving jail terms later this month...