Joann Self Selvidge

Co-Director, Producer, Writer


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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 documentary 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). 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 in funding for her clients’ nonprofit work and her own documentary projects.

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