Brittany Shyne is an independent filmmaker based in Dayton, Ohio. Working in the narrative and non-fiction artform her work seeks to depict the complexity of everyday life by examining themes such as personal histories; alienation; and cultural modernization. By utilizing observational techniques and poetic language her films lyrically weaves together frameworks of race, class, culture, identity and family lineage.
Most recently she worked on Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar’s academy award-winning film American Factory 美国 工厂. Shyne is currently working on SEEDS, her first feature documentary which centers on generational black farmers in the south. The film has received institutional support from The Puffin Foundation, The Points North Residency, Sundance Institute’s Documentary Fund, BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship, The Flies Collective, Black Public Media, Cinereach and ITVS.
The film also participated in the inaugural PROGRESSIO lab in conjunction with ICA London and Cineteca Madrid, True/False’s PRISM program and Open City’s Assembly Development Lab. Shyne received her MFA in Documentary Media from Northwestern University and a BFA in Motion Pictures from Wright State University.
SEEDS is a portrait of a centennial African-American farm in Thomasville, Georgia. Using lyrical black and white imagery this meditative film examines the decline of generational black farmers and the significance of owning land.