Bio

Mr. Amamoo, head of ISD Cinema Section, and Jennifer Blaylock in front of a Mobile Cinema Van. (Summer 2009)

Jennifer Blaylock is PhD student in the Film & Media department at University of California, Berkeley. She studies early colonial film production and current government sponsored cinema distribution via mobile cinema vans in sub-Saharan Africa. Jennifer received a B.A. in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley in May 2006 and an M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in May 2010. In addition to her 2010-11 Fulbright Research Fellowship in Ghana, Jennifer Blaylock has also been involved in audiovisual preservation work in Ghana (May-Aug. 2009 and May 2010) with New York University’s APEX (Audiovisual Preservation Exchange) program and spent 5 months in 2004 at the University of Ghana, Legon as an undergraduate foreign exchange student.

For questions or comments you can contact me at: jenniferblaylock at berkeley dot edu

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One Response to Bio

  1. Martin Stollery says:

    I’ve recently started reading your website on your research with great interest; you are doing some valuable work. I am a film historian interested in documentary and empire, currently researching a chapter for an edited collection called ‘The Grierson Effect’, about the international proliferation of John Grierson’s ideas. One of the lines I want to trace is from Grierson to Sean Graham and the Gold Coast Film Unit. Given that Grierson made some strong yet typically ambiguous statements in the late 1940s about the need for documentary films for Africans to be created by ‘a body of men [sic] who live and work with the African problem, who are the African problem in its creative aspect, knowing it and living with it’, one of the things I want to explore is the employment of Ghanaians within the Gold Coast Film Unit. I will certainly be citing your posts entitled ‘African Cinema: Roots’ and ’African Agency in the Gold Coast Film Unit’ in this context.

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