Krik? Krak! That’s how you begin a story in Haiti. Storytelling has always been a part of Amanda Jean-Mary’s culture, and she aims to combine those flavors with the visual element as a cinematographer. She is currently enjoying learning how to put her stories to the screen at Florida State University in the MFA Film Production program. Amanda hails from the beautiful city of Fort Lauderdale, where her love for storytelling began.
Since then, she has earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where she earned some awards and worked in various internships including a film marketing company at the Cannes Film Festival. Since her time as a graduate student at Florida State, she has directed two films, “Playing Hero” and “Loc’d Out.” “Loc’d Out” is about a high school student who faces a harsh reality when her clueless principal forces her to choose between her hair and the debate team.
Recently, “Loc’d Out” has been selected to show in two film festivals, the Carrboro Film Festival in South Carolina and the Brouhaha Film Festival in Orlando, Florida. Amanda is currently preparing to shoot three films in the spring as the cinematographer, one particularly using her research in transferring technicolor film techniques into the digital space.