ABOUT THE INAUGURAL SAM FRANCIS MEDIA FELLOW
Tiana Alexandria Williams is a filmmaker, researcher and activist archivist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Digital Media and African American Studies from UC Davis and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. As a McNair Scholar, she conducted an original oral history-based research project that investigated the prisoners’ rights movement of the 1970s by reviving and analyzing archival materials. This experience inspired her to become more engaged with activist praxis as she produced social justice centered documentaries, helped build a radio program that dealt with confronting America’s mass incarceration crisis, and worked with KALW Productions in teaching journalism and radio production to incarcerated men inside Solano State Prison. Her work overall leverages oral history methodologies, critical race theory and abolitionist praxes to combat the suppression of liberatory narratives within the archive.
ABOUT THE SAM FRANCIS FOUNDATION
Building on Sam Francis’s creative legacy, the Sam Francis Foundation is dedicated to the transformative power of art as a force for change. Our stated mission is to further a greater understanding of Sam Francis’s art and ideas through a broad array of programs and activities designed to educate, inform, and catalyze new thinking about the importance of creativity in society.
This project was made possible by support from the Sam Francis Foundation, and the tireless work of Debra Burchett-Lere and Beth Ann Whittaker. Many thanks to those who were interviewed, including Osamu Francis, Shingo Francis, Jeff Perkins, Nancy Mozur, Debra Burchett-Lere, Leslie Jones, Jacob Samuel, Paul Cummins, Jaime Robles, Robert Shapazian, Dan Cytron, and Gabrielle Selz.