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Kristy Marie Andersen
2010 Fellow in Media Arts
Pinellas County, Florida
Kristy Andersen is the Writer and Producer for ZORA NEALE HURSTON: JUMP AT THE SUN. Andersen's production company, Bay Bottom News, co-produced the film with WNET and PBS' American Masters series.
Andersen began researching Zora Neale Hurston's life in 1990 after receiving a grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. She broadened her research to eight other states after receiving Humanities Council grants from Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, Washington DC, Maryland, Tennessee, North Carolina, and New York.
As Andersen researched, she uncovered many details that had been obscured or unknown, including her documentation of Zora's birthplace in Notasulga, Alabama and a marriage certificate for Hurston's third marriage in Daytona Beach in 1940.
In 1999 Andersen's identity of "Folk Tales from the Gulf States" in the Smithsonian's computer files lead to its' subsequent publication as "Every Tongue Got to Confess", the first new book by Zora Neale Hurston since 1948.
Additionally, Andersen worked with staff at the Library of Congress to locate and identify a cache of film footage that Hurston shot in South Carolina, hidden away in boxes since 1940. Through production grants from the NEH and the NEA, Andersen interviewed countless people over the years who knew Zora Neale Hurston, and who divulged their intimacy with Zora on many levels. The film footage and the interviews are featured in her film, which brings to life of one of America's great literary talents. Additional support was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Southern Humanities Media Fund, and the Ford Foundation.
Andersen has worked in film and television production since 1974 in television stations in Florida, followed by work for C-SPAN and the House of Representatives Recording Studio in Washington DC. After producing the award-winning BAY BOTTOM BLUES in 1985, a documentary about the demise of sea grass in Tampa Bay, she began producing environmental programs independently in 1985, and received an EMMY from the Miami chapter of the NATAS for her 1989 documentary film, SEA TURTLES LAST DANCE, about the endangered Kemps Ridley turtle, broadcast nationwide on PBS. Andersen' short films can be seen in museums and tourism venues in the Tampa Bay area. Her films have won many awards and recognitions.
Andersen is currently developing a film about Jelly Roll Morton for American Masters and BBC Arena through a grant from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. She has other projects in development including a three part series about Pakistan and Women in the Media.
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- Artist website - http://www.baybottomnews.com