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Generation Trailer

The trailer for Pamela Woolford's award-winning experimental short Generation. For more information, visit www.GenerationTheMovie.com or the official website for Pamela Woolford, www.PamelaWoolford.com.

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About Pamela

Howard County

Pamela Woolford is a filmmaker, writer, and performer—three forms of a storyteller. As such she specializes in creative nonfiction stories, fiction inspired by true-life stories, and fiction inspired by the history of a people. Her work is especially concerned with the lives of black women and girls and others whose joy, history, and inner life are underexplored in American media and popular art.   In 2018 Woolford completed work on her avant-garde short Generation, which she ... more

Just After Supper

Pamela Woolford’s love of storytelling begins in childhood, listening to her mother’s stories of growing up in rural North Carolina in the '30s, '40s, and ‘50s. It is these tales, decades after Woolford first hears them, that inspire her to write her short story “Just After Supper” and create the character Mable as an homage to her mom. “Just After Supper” appears in the literary publication Origins Journal. It was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize by novelist and Pushcart Prize editor Mark Wisniewski. Woolford adapted the story to create the script for her award-winning experimental film Generation. Click here to read "Just After Supper": http://www.originsjournal.com/fiction/2016/10/4/just-after-supper-by-pam...
And click here to find out more about Generation: http://www.generationthemovie.com

  • Sadie Woolford, The Inspiration for Mable

    A photo of Pamela Woolford mother Sadie Woolford in 1940s rural North Carolina
    Pamela Woolford’s mother Sadie Woolford. This photo was taken in the 1940s in the rural farm community of Arcola, North Carolina. Sadie is the inspiration for the character Mable in Pamela’s short story “Just After Supper,” nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize and the inspiration for Pamela's forthcoming short film. To read the story, click the link in the "Just After Supper" project description, or copy and paste the following in your browser: http://www.originsjournal.com/fiction/2016/10/4/just-after-supper-by-pamela-woolford

Here I Am Looking

“Here I Am Looking” is an example of Pamela Woolford’s creative nonfiction work. It is memoir which can be described as a flash photo essay. “Here I Am Looking” currently appears in the literary journal Eunoia Review and was published and shared on social media just before the Women's March on Washington. It was then translated into German and appears on the site Briefe aus Amerika. It has been accepted for inclusion in the anthology The Trump Effect edited by Amy Roost and Mary McNaughton-Cassill. To read "Here I Am Looking" in English, click here: https://eunoiareview.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/here-i-am-looking/
To read the German translation, click here: https://briefeausamerika.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/hier-bin-ich-und-schau...

  • Photo from Here I Am Looking

    This photo by Françoise Bouffault accompanies the essay and is its leaping-off point. To read "Here I Am Looking" in English or German, click the appropriate link in the project description above.

Are IFC and Netflix Promoting the Rape of Brown and Asian Boys?

"Are IFC and Netflix Promoting the Rape of Brown and Asian Boys?" is a recent literary journalism piece by Pamela Woolford. It appears on Medium where it runs with an audio recording of the article in which Woolford performs the voice-over. To read or listen to the article, click here: https://medium.com/@pamelawoolford/are-ifc-and-netflix-promoting-the-rap...

  • Photo from the Article

    A Photo from Pamela Woolford's article "Are IFC and Netflix Promoting the Rape of Brown and Asian Boys?"
    This is one of the photos from the article "Are IFC and Netflix Promoting the Rape of Brown and Asian Boys?" To read, or listen to an audio recording of, the article, click the link in the project description above.

Meditations on a Marriage

"Meditations is broad in scope and emotions…[and] moving,” says Dawn Davis, VP at Simon & Schuster and publisher of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae, The Butler by Wil Haygood, and The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner.

Meditations on a Marriage is Pamela Woolford's marriage-memoir collection, a group of essays about her tumultuous relationship with her composer husband, who was emotionally abusive and showed signs of mental illness. Woolford was a 2016 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards finalist and shortlisted for the 2017 Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize for collection excerpts. To watch the video artist statement for Meditations on a Marriage, click the blue box below. To read two brief excerpts from Meditations on a Marriage published in Eunoia Review, "Coffee" and "Dog," click the following links:

-https://eunoiareview.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/coffee/
-https://eunoiareview.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/dog/ 

“Stutter" from Meditations on a Marriage "is written with a spare crystal clear beauty and has a definite cinematic quality," writes best-selling memoirist Marita Golden. "A moving commentary on missed connections and the deeper meaning of ‘recognitions.’” ("Stutter" is currently available for publication.)

About Meditations on a Marriage, Pamela Woolford says, "Six months into my marriage to my composer (now ex-) husband, he, out of the blue, berated me for taking a break while writing an email he asked me to write as a favor. I was astonished and confused. Six months after that I had the thought that he might kill me. His escalating verbal assaults and mental abuse left me with that much fear. Yet even after he drove me out of our home on New Year's Day 2015 with two days of back-to-back rages, what I wanted more than anything was to have the man I fell in love with back. After little more than a year with him, I had become someone I didn't recognize. I was 46 when we married, and it was my first marriage partially because I am cautious, logical, and independent. How did this happen to me? Verbal and mental abuse are insidious in the way they slowly turn a person inside out, in my case making me question my own logic and intuition and long for the man who was actually abusing me. Meditations on a Marriage is about the love I shared with a fellow artist, my surprising but not atypical reaction to his abuse and manipulation, and his psychological challenges, as he exhibited signs of having a personality disorder."

ARTIST STATEMENT:
I hope to tell the truth in a way that does not bow to fear, whether fear of my own thoughts or fear of the thoughts of others, so that I can take life's unsavory bits along with the lovely bits and lay them bare in the openness of a page. In so doing I endeavor to turn my particular space in the world into a source of communing, reaching beyond the particular to touch the lives of others.

  • Photo Art for Meditations on a Marriage

    Photo of Pamela Woolford's torso held in her ex-husband's arms on the day of their wedding
    The author’s torso held in her ex-husband’s arms on the day of their wedding. She wears her late father’s watch, the blue-faced timepiece her something old, borrowed, and blue. The watch her then husband wears that day is the first gift she gave him, for his birthday three months before their wedding. Photo by Carolyn Greer. To read two pieces from Meditations on a Marriage, click the links in the project description above.
  • Dog

    "Dog" by Pamela Woolford
    "Dog" is an excerpt from Meditations on a Marriage and appears in Eunoia Review. To read "Dog," click the link in the project description above.
  • Coffee

    "Coffee" by Pamela Woolford
    "Coffee" is an excerpt from Meditations on a Marriage and appears in Eunoia Review. To read "Coffee," click the link in the project description above.
  • Opening Lines of the Short Story Threshold

    Opening Lines of "Threshold" by Pamela Woolford
    “Threshold” is the first story in Woolford’s conceived novel-in-stories Taking One’s Life, which she began while married to her suicidal husband. The novel's title is a reference to both suicide and considering one’s life. “Threshold,”available for publication, made Woolford a Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Contest semifinalist at Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts and also won her admittance to a weeklong workshop sponosored by Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and led by then PEN/Faulkner Foundation president Richard McCann, which led Woolford to write Meditations on a Marriage.

Truth & Story

Truth & Story is a scripted vlog and forthcoming web series. With the first four episodes, Truth & Story began as Pamela Woolford's personal scripted vlog of positivity, which she called "mini-memoir and good vibes." But soon Truth & Story expanded to become a hilarious co-hosted scripted vlog featuring Pamela's mother, writer Sadie Woolford, as well. The two recorded four episodes together to end the premiere eight-episode summer 2017 season of Truth & Story. Pamela directed and wrote the vlog episodes with input from Sadie. And Pamela is currently writing scripts for the premiere 2018 season of a Truth & Story web series starring the duo. Each episode of the vlog is available for viewing by clicking a different blue box below.

  • Truth & Story, Vlog #8: I Don't Like Deepak Chopra

    In this the last episode of the Truth & Story vlog, Vlog #8: I Don't Like Deepak Chopra, Pamela's cousin Joella has a Deepak Chopra-like suitor for her octogenarian cousin Sadie, and Pamela has to get comfortable with the idea of her widowed mom dating again. To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #5: 10 Ways to Beat Writer's Block

    Truth & Story, Episode #5: 10 Ways to Beat Writer's Block (and have you laughing and smiling in the process!) In this the first of the Truth & Story episodes co-hosted by Pamela Woolford's writer mom Sadie Woolford, discover Sadie's fresh ways to beat writer's block, or overcome most any artistic mental block. To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #6: I Can't Stop It (Part I)

    In Truth & Story, Vlog #6: I Can't Stop It (Part I), Pamela Woolford's mom Sadie Woolford co-hosts once again, and Pamela realizes she can't stop her from becoming a permanent part of the series! A writer herself and somewhat of a southern storyteller, Sadie reminisces about growing up in the rural south in her home state of North Carolina during the Great Depression and the Great Migration. They also talk about Britcoms, the war effort in World War II, and making moonshine. To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #7: I Can't Stop It (Part II)

    In Truth & Story, Vlog #7: I Can't Stop It (Part II), Pamela and Sadie discuss play readings, a love of the arts, and Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry. To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #1: I'm a Hiker

    Truth & Story, Vlog #1: I'm a Hiker is the very first episode of Pamela Woolford's scripted vlog of "mini-memoir and good vibes." To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #2: I Love the Beauty of the Quotidian

    Truth & Story, Vlog #2: I Love the Beauty of the Quotidian is one of Pamela's personal favorites of the vlog series. To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #3: I Have These Eyes

    To watch Truth & Story, Vlog #3: I Have These Eyes, another inspiring episode, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.
  • Truth & Story, Vlog #4: I'm an Introvert

    Truth & Story, Vlog #4: I'm an Introvert is the last episode Pamela hosts alone before she's joined by her writer mom Sadie. To watch, click the arrow. To see additional episodes, click another blue box.

This Is What Happened

“This Is What Happened,” the first memoir Pamela Woolford ever writes, she writes unconventionally in the third person. After witnessing an incident causing her father severe brain damage and leading to his death in 2012, Woolford suffers PTSD symptoms and finds she cannot write for about a year until she begins to write “This Is What Happened.” It is her sometimes tender, sometimes funny story of finding her way back from tragedy and deals with mourning the loss of her father, online dating at 45, and an unexpected letter from U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski. This piece appears in the literary journal Map Literary: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and Art. A paragraph from "This Is What Happened" was the inspiration for Woolford's more recent essay "My Father With This Illness," which has been accepted for inclusion in the anthology Love in a Silent Storm edited by Marita Golden. ("My Father With This Illness" deals with dementia and is available for publication elsewhere prior to the anthology's release.) Click here to read "This Is What Happened": http://www.mapliterary.org/pamela-woolford-this-is-what-happened.html

  • Pamela Woolford

    Photo of writer Pamela Woolford
    After a harrowing period, Pamela Woolford begins writing again, starting with her memoir written in the third person "This Is What Happened." To read the essay, click the link in the project description above. Photo by Denee Barr.

Dedicate Your No-Trump Vote

Pamela Woolford was one of the first writers published on the Dedicate Your No-Trump Vote website. Chosen by site creator and bestselling author Julianna Baggott, her piece was published alongside that of bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult and award-winning poet Erin Belieu on September 27, 2016. Click here to read this example of Woolford's literary journalism: http://dedicateyournotrumpvote.blogspot.com/2016/09/pamela-woolfords-ded...

  • #DedicateYourNoTrumpVote

    A computer screen with the words #DedicateYourNoTrumpVote
    #DedicateYourNoTrumpVote was a movement begun by author Julianna Baggott, who published Pamela Woolford's dedication on the "Dedicate Your No-Trump Vote" website set up after her first use of the hashtag went viral. To read Woolford's dedication, click the link in the project description above.

Sleep

Sleep is Pamela Woolford’s conceived novel-in-stories, a portrait of three interconnected people one fairly sleepless night, exploring each character's past, present, and future. Predominately set in two bedrooms, Sleep is also, more broadly, an exploration of the human spirit and connectivity found in ordinary lives. It takes place in an unnamed city, and certain characteristics of the protagonists go unlabeled, including age, race, and physical features. Sleep examines subtle meaning in actions between people as well as symbolism and suspense in the everyday. Lastly, it is an exploration of the relationship between longing and peace and a celebration of beauty in the quotidian.

“I believe her novel-in-progress, Sleep, will one day afford her the acclaim that comes to few first novelists,” Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones writes. “The novel is a sensitive and thorough exploration of the lives of three people—quite specific in the details and characterization of those three, but universal because Pamela’s artistry opens a window to allow us to view ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors in those three people. Sleep is a precious piece of work and deserves a wide audience.”

“Night,” one of the stories from Sleep, is currently available for publication. To read the opening words of "Night," click the tan box below.

  • Photo Art for Sleep

    An image for Pamela Woolford's conceived novel-in-stories Sleep
    Pamela's Woolford's conceived novel-in-stories Sleep is highly praised by Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward P. Jones. To read Jones's remarks, see the Sleep project description above.
  • Opening Lines of Night from Sleep

    Opening Lines of "Sleep" by Pamela Woolford
    Pamela's Woolford's conceived novel-in-stories Sleep is highly praised by Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward P. Jones. These are the opening words from the story "Night" from Sleep, which is currently available for publication. To read Jones's remarks, see the Sleep project description above.

Pleasant People

“Pleasant People” is a short story by Pamela Woolford. This piece explores facades of American society, walls between races, and a connection between two women stretching even beyond the grave. “Pleasant People” originally appeared in the anthology Amazing Graces edited by Richard Peabody and published by Paycock Press and has been republished on the short-story website Alfie Dog Fiction. It was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize. Click here to download a PDF of "Pleasant People": http://alfiedog.com/fiction/stories/pamela-woolford/pleasant-people-pame...

  • Photo Art for Pleasant People

    Image to accompany Pamela Woolford's short story "Pleasant People"
    Pamela Woolford's short story "Pleasant People" explores facades of American society, walls between races, and a connection between two women stretching even beyond the grave. To download and read the story, click the link in the project description above.

Selected Press for Pamela Woolford

Selected press for Pamela Woolford includes:

  1. An audio interview conducted by journalist and Snap Judgment contributor Amy Roost on Fury, a podcast about women's rage in the Trump era and what they're doing with it. Roost and Woolford discuss the traumatizing effects of American politics and the healing power of art. To hear the Fury podcast, click here: http://furypod.libsyn.com/writer-and-filmmaker-pamela-woolford-on-being-...
  2. A feature interview in The Beacon Newspapers in which Woolford is profiled. The article discusses her film Generation, the art of screendance, her family stories, and her hometown roots. To read the Beacon story, click here: https://www.thebeaconnewspapers.com/local-filmmaker-debuts-film-at-festi...
  3. A video interview by Judine Slaughter, executive director of United Black Writers Association, on the show By Any Ink Necessary in which they discuss Pamela's film Generation, the magic of storytelling, and discovering her muse. To watch the By Any Ink Necessary Interview https://www.facebook.com/ByAnyInkNecessary/videos/272370870059048/UzpfST...
  4. A featured interview on the filmmakers' website The Creative Outsiders in which Woolford discusses her life and roots as a writer and filmmaker in the storytelling tradition. To read the Creative Outsiders interview, click here: https://thecreativeoutsiders.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/interview-with-fil...
  5. An audio interview by author and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller on the WPFW 89.3 FM radio show and podcast On The Margin in which she discusses interactions with literary guides and mentors Marita Golden, the late Lucille Clifton, Edward P. Jones, and Richard McCann. To listen to the On The Margin interview, click here (interview begins at 30:40): https://soundcloud.com/user-853941334/on-the-margin-thu-27-oct-2016#t=30:40
  • Fury, a Podcast about Women's Rage in the Trump Era

    Logo for the podcast Fury. A graphic of a fist with the word "Fury" spelled out on the 4 fingers and a pink pussy hat painted on the thumb with the words "Women's lived experiences in the Trump era. Hosted by Amy Roost." underneath.
    In August 20018 Pamela Woolford was featured on the Critical Frequency Network podcast Fury. Journalist and Snap Judgement contributor Amy Roost interviews her to discuss the traumatizing effects of American politics, the healing power of art, and Pamela's works "Here I Am Looking" and Generation. To listen to the podcast click the link in the Selected Press for Pamela Woolford project description above or copy and paste the following into your browser: https://furypod.libsyn.com/writer-and-filmmaker-pamela-woolford-on-being-a-black-woman-in-trumps-america
  • The Beacon Newspapers Interview with Filmmaker Pamela Woolford

    Photo of Pamela Woolford
    This photo appears with the October 2018 profile of Pamela Woolford in The Beacon Newspapers, which opens, “Story-telling is essential to our being, to how we relate,” said writer, filmmaker and performer Pamela Woolford, a Columbia resident. “The stories we tell and retell, often changing over time, they are so basic to who we are.” To read the story, click the link in the project description above.
  • On The Margin Radio Interview & Podcast with Pamela Woolford

    Author and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller interviews Pamela Woolford on the WPFW 89.3 FM radio show and podcast On The Margin in October 2016. To listen, click the red arrow and then click to move forward to 30:40, or just click the link in the project description above to start at the appropriate spot.
  • By Any Ink Necessary Video Interview with Writer, Filmmaker, and Performer Pamela Woolford

    Pamela Woolford
    Judine Slaughter, executive director of United Black Writers Association, interviews Pamela Woolford on October 6, 2018, on her show By Any Ink Necessary. Pamela discusses her film Generation, the magic of storytelling, and discovering her muse. To watch click the link in the project description above.
  • The Creative Outsiders Interview with Pamela Woolford

    The Creative Outsiders Interview with Pamela Woolford
    This photo appears with the Pamela Woolford interview on The Creative Outsiders. "I’m a writer. That’s it in a nutshell. If you want the long version: I write fiction and creative nonfiction, screenplays, literary journalism, journalism journalism, and once upon a time I had poetry published. I’m an artist: a writer but also a dancer and filmmaker, a creator—whatever form that creation takes...." To read The Creative Outsiders interview, click the link in the project description above.

Pamela's Curated Collection

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