Terrance Pitts

Trained as a lawyer and motivated by the tools of storytelling, documentary film, and cultural production, Terrance has extensive experience advancing progressive social change by implementing and supporting racial justice initiatives and criminal justice reform efforts including work at institutions such as Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation. In his film practice, Terrance aims to amplify messages about black resistance and the impact of trauma in black communities. One of these films, Wade in the Water: Movement Talk, profiled civil rights icon John Lewis and premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival along with a cohort of short films by black filmmakers exploring black identity and resistance.

Three of his short films honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and feature interviews with and performances by actors such as David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick and Adepero Oduye. As a participant of the Firelight Media Documentary Lab, Terrance received support to produce The Burden I Carry, a documentary film examining the journey of two Philadelphia mothers as they try to heal after their sons were killed by gun violence. Terrance received an undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University (with distinction), a master’s from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. He studied photography, editing, and film production in New York City at the International Center of Photography, School of Visual Arts, and The New School.


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