NMHS Unlimited Film Productions (NMHS Unlimited) recently sponsored a student group that received 4th place honorable mention in the Planet Forward Storyfest Competition. The group, comprised of Jackson State University and Tougaloo College students, was a joint project with the two schools. Dr. Wilma E. Mosley Clopton was invited to participate in the collaborative project by Dr. Shameka Cathey of Tougaloo College. Dr. Clopton helped the students create a film that discussed the innovative measures being taken in Mississippi to improve the general health of the State’s population. The documentary, “Save our Farms, Save our Families”, examines the correlation between the decrease in family farms and the increase in health issues. Planet Forward, based in the Center for Innovative Media at George Washington University, engages young people and innovators in search of solutions to the biggest challenges facing our planet. It is where experts and engaged citizens come together to find solutions to our shared challenges, specifically in the areas of energy, climate and sustainability. Through storytelling, media and convening, this hub for learning empowers new voices and elevates compelling ideas. Planet Forward Storyfest 2016 sought stories about innovative solutions to help manage urban growth. The students, from Jackson State University, were some of the youngest participants at this international event, which included Fortune 500 CEOs, United States government cabinet level representatives and city mayors. The students were afforded one-on-one interaction with the esteemed business people. As a part of our commitment to nurturing young filmmakers, NMHS Unlimited not only mentored the students on this project, but also sponsored the five JSU students for the three-day event held at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Personal visit with the Congressman (first row from l-r) Dr. Wilma E. Mosley Clopton, Congressman Bennie Thompson, R’Myni Watson and Amari Barrett. (second row from l-r) Vernell Mitchell and Harrison Watson.
The JSU Group (from l-r) – Vernell Mitchell, Domonique Meeks, R’Myni Watson, Amari Barrett and Harrison Watson