A code of silence that has kept neighbors apart for generations is broken by “UNSPOKEN.” The debut feature film from Georgia-based filmmaker Stephanie Calabrese explores how the close-knit community has been affected by its racial divide, which was exacerbated in part by the 1946 Moores Ford Lynching, also known as “the last mass lynching in America,” by following her journey as a resident of a small town in Georgia. The film provides an insider’s intimate look at the effects of lynching, segregation, and integration to this day, based on 40 interviews with fellow Monroe residents and research conducted over three and a half years.
Bob Evans, chief operating officer of the Reedy Reels Film Festival, stated that they are thrilled to have the chance to screen “Unspoken” and give Stephanie Calabrese the opportunity to tell her story. It’s important to tell your history, even if it’s difficult.
At the Rome International Film Festival in November, “UNSPOKEN” won the Special Jury Award for Documentary Features, and in August, it won the Audience Choice Award for Documentary at the Macon Film Festival. The Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival, the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, the Portland Film Festival, and the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival all selected the film as an Official Selection.
Calabrese wrote, directed, produced, and edited “UNSPOKEN.” She shot the movie with an iPhone camera to show that important documentary work doesn’t always require big budgets and expensive equipment; instead, it requires a passion for telling stories from one’s own community. The film, which features an original musical score by Kwame Brandt-Pierce, aims to help viewers become better members of their communities by encouraging them to collaborate on solutions to issues that our society continues to face.
Interdisciplinary artist and award-winning filmmaker Stephanie Calabrese’s visual narrative series “Old neighborhood: The New York Times LENS website and Atlanta CBS45 News have both featured a documentary titled “A Documentary of Monroe, Georgia.” Time, Lightbox, Forbes.com, LIFE.com, Digital Photo, Photo.net, Professional Photographer, and The Bitter Southerner have all featured her work. For UPS, The Coca-Cola Company, CARE International, and the Georgia Department of Family and Child Services, Stephanie has produced documentaries. She dwells in Monroe, Georgia.
The best-selling book titled “The Art of iPhoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity” by Ilex Press (now Octopus Press) and Pixiq (a division of Sterling Press), as well as “Lens on Life: Focal Press and Ilex Press (now Octopus) published Documenting Your World Through Photography, and he has spoken at TEDx Talks about “Building a Better World, One Picture at a Time.”