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.

August 6, 2020

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.

"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."

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.

“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!

April 23, 2020

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/

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. 

February 14, 2020

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.

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?

#BackChannel: The Women Behind ‘Queen Sugar’

August 28, 2018

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.'

Augsut 8, 2018

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


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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.”

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

June 19, 2018

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. 

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

June 24, 2018

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.

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

June 20, 2018

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.

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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.

UA NEWS: Raimist to Direct Episode of Queen Sugar

June 11, 2018

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.

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

June 9, 2018

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.

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

June 7, 2018

“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. 

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

June 7, 2018

"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. 


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.

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

June 6, 2018

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. They join previously announced Season 3 helmers DeMane Davis, Patricia Cardoso, Shaz Bennett, Maria Govan and Lauren Wolkstein.

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

June 6, 2018

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.

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

June 6, 2018


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

June 7, 2018

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.

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

May 30, 2018

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...

UA NEWS: C&IS Places Four Television Academy Interns

August 2, 2017

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.

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

April 2016

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.

Tuscaloosa Fuels the Fun

April 3, 2016

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.

Petal to the Metal // Yellowhammer Fest

April 4, 2016

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.

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

March 30, 2016

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.


The Yellowhammer is a music and arts festival that focuses on health and environmental sustainability. The festival is hosted by The University of Alabama’s Creative Campus, UA’s Student Government Association, University Programs and the Tuscaloosa River Market.

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

March 31, 2016

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. 

UA Students create YouTube series "Subtle Adulthood"

March 24, 2016

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.

Capturing literacy: TCF majors mentor youth

November 9, 2015

TThe 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

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.

UA alumni stand out at Campus Moviefest

July 22, 2015

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.

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

April 28, 2015

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.”re

Creative Campus develops community arts project

April 8, 2015

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.

TCF student focuses on storytelling in filmmaking

March 3, 2015

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.

February 3, 2015

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.

January 20, 2015

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.

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

January 18, 2015

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.

The CW: "TCF in LA" offers intern experience

September 29, 2014

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.

July 26, 2014

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.

June 17, 2014

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.

April 14, 2014

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.

April 14, 2014

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.

March 20, 2014

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.

February 20, 2014

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.

February 4, 2014

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.“The Sundance course is made up of the trip to Park City as well as a 15-week spring class called Film Festivals and Independent Cinema,” Kristen Warner, an assistant professor of telecommunication and film, said. “The two parts complement one another and help students grasp the ecosystem that makes up the necessary components of a film festival, including the kinds of films that are programmed, the place of business, stars as well as publicity/press.”

The Tusk: Local Q&A with Rachel Raimist

November 21, 2013

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.

October 24, 2013

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.

The CW: Raimist teaches film, feminism, creativity

October 22, 2013

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.

October 1, 2013

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.

September 17, 2013

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.

July 11, 2013

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

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.”

March 24, 2013

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 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."

March 7, 2013

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.

January 29, 2013

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.“In 2010, we proposed a student trip to Sundance and attended the festival in 2011 in an exploratory capacity,” Warner said. “I had been to the festival before in a variety of capacities. Both Raimist and I believed that our TCF film majors could gain valuable experience from a festival like Sundance that grants students unparalleled access to filmmakers and other key industry professionals.”Raimist said the task of planning a trip to Sundance was not easy and first needed approval from the University since students would be missing class.

January 29, 2013

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.

August 24, 2012

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.

August 17, 2012

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

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.

The CW: Hip-hop artists film video on campus

March 29, 2011

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.

Feminist Music Geek Blog

March 1, 2011

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.

August 3, 2011

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.