April Dobbins | Alabamaland
Three generations of women—Taffie (62), April (40), and Imani (13) buck tradition in their own way as they navigate their very different ties to the place that shaped them and continues to exert a strange hold on their identities. Jones Farm is a lush 688-acre black farm situated in the heart of western Alabama. This is the same plot of land that their ancestors once worked as slaves—a history that is important to their identities and
April Dobbins is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer based in Miami. She was recently named a 2017 Sundance Institute Knight Fellow. Her work has been published in a number of places, including Calyx Journal, Cimarron Review, Cura, Philadelphia City Paper, and Transition magazine – a publication of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard. She was one of 15 artists invited by renowned photographer Alec Soth to attend his inaugural Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers at his studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her films have screened at festivals across the country, and she is currently in production on her documentary feature, Alabamaland, which chronicles her family’s life and history in the rural South. She is a recipient of the WaveMaker grant and the S. J. Weiler Fund Award, which is made in recognition of exemplary artistic achievement and creativity in the visual arts as well as significant contributions to the arts community. She works at the University of Miami as the Director of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships, and she is an alumna of Grinnell College.