Thomas Allen Harris is a filmmaker and artist whose work across film, video, photography, and performance illuminates the human condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality. In 2009, Harris founded Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, LLC (DDFR) a socially engaged transmedia project that has incorporated community organizing, performance, virtual gathering spaces, and storytelling into over 45 unique audio-visual events in over 75 cities. DDFR culminated in the national broadcast of Family Pictures USA on PBS, garnering an audience of over 5.3 million, which was critically received by the New York Times, the L.A. Times, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. He continues to speak and teach on the value of the family photo album as a tool for social change and is on faculty at Yale University.
Part essay, part personal documentary, My Mom, The Scientist uses the stories of the filmmaker’s mother, Rudean Leinaeng, a chemist, a Bronx Community College professor, and an activist, to examine the challenges and revolutionary potential around African American participation in the sciences.