Joann Self Selvidge

Co-Director, Producer


Selvidge is a Memphis-based documentary filmmaker who has produced, directed, and edited more than two dozen projects, including features, shorts, and series. Her award-winning films include the feature doc SEE THE KEEPERS (2016), a portrait of the work and personality of zookeepers (available on PBS via Reel South: Season 3), and short docs VIOLA (2015) and VOICES OF JERICHO (2007), which feature personal stories about the justice system. She is co-founder of Memphis Women in Film, and she has served on jury and selection committees for Nashville Film Festival and Indie Memphis Film Festival. In 2017, she conceived and co-produced Inaugurate the Resistance, a multi-media art installation of photographs, community-sourced protest signs, and a tunnel of footage and sound from the Women’s Marches in Washington, DC and Memphis. Selvidge owns True Story Pictures (est. 2004) and Sustain/ability Consulting (est. 2001), which provides resource development and impact strategy for nonprofits. She has secured more than $9.4 million for her clients’ work in Memphis and the Mid-South, funding a wide range of services, including music and the arts, mental health services, drug treatment, health, education, housing and homeless services, tourism and hospitality workforce, economic and community development, neighborhoods, youth and family services, peace and justice, and civic leadership.