Friday, March 11, 2011

Meet Kristy Andersen

Welcome Kristy Andersen to the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers! Her first screening is Monday, March 14, 2011, at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. The film starts at 7:30 p.m., so don’t forget your popcorn!
Kristy Andersen has worked in the broadcast television industry since 1975. In 1989, her interest in Hurston was galvanized and started her on an 18-year journey. At the time, many of Zora Neale Hurston's works were out of print. Through collective efforts with the Library of Congress, she uncovered a cache of 45 minutes of Hurston's film footage. Through research at the Smithsonian Institution, Andersen brought to light field materials titled, Folktales from the Gulf States, the basis for Hurston's book Mules and Men. These materials later became the first major new book by Hurston, entitled Every Tongue Got to Confess, in more than 40 years.