Jordan Shanks was a 19-year-old movie pupil at Howard College when Michael Brown, an 18-year-old Black man together with his entire life forward of him, was killed by a white police officer. In 2014, the world erupted in protest. Shanks went right down to Ferguson, MO, to affix within the reduction efforts, he informed CelebrityPie, and ended up marching with Brown’s mother and father to the road the place their son was fatally shot. The road, he mentioned, was nonetheless moist with blood. “I’ll always remember the look on his mom’s and father’s faces. It is the sort of expression that takes you years to grasp.”
Judging by his newest movie, narrated partly by the incredible author-poet Sonya Renee Taylor, it is an understanding he needs others to share in. Shanks, 25, is now a fellow on the Virginia Museum of Tremendous Arts, the place his work as a filmmaker and photographer catalogs the continued wrestle for racial justice and fairness throughout the nation. His two newest works are a documentary brief referred to as By no means Once more and a brand new picture assortment titled “Love Letters to America: Half II”, each of which seize protests and different moments of civil disobedience in Ferguson, New York, Baltimore, MD, and his hometown of Richmond, VA.
Forward of the premiere of the virtual exhibition at present (and celebrating the opening of the in-person exhibition in Richmond on Oct. 16 as moderated by New York Occasions bestselling writer Kristen Inexperienced), we sat down with Shanks to debate rising up within the shadow of the Confederacy (vis-à-vis Richmond’s racist monuments), what social justice seems like, and the way his personal expertise in Ferguson catalyzed a few of his newest work.