Lorraine M. Blackwell is an award-winning journalist, talented filmmaker and dedicated media educator. She worked as a staff writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper for 10 years, then returned to college to complete her bachelor’s degree in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she graduated with honors. After briefly working as a writer and editor for the Associated Press, Blackwell decided to pursue her passion for screenwriting and documentary film, and enrolled in film school at Howard University, where she received her MFA in film production.
She taught media production to undergraduates in the Department of Radio, TV and Film at Howard, and taught scriptwriting to adults at the Graduate School USA in Washington, DC. Blackwell has written three full-length feature scripts. Her first script, Wrong Side of the Tracks, was a quarterfinalist in the 10th annual International BlueCat Scriptwriting Competition and won a Paul Robeson Award for Best Graduate Feature-Length Script.
Blackwell also worked as a media teaching artist for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As part of a two-member team, she traveled around the United States teaching middle school students and teachers about documentary filmmaking and helped them produce short documentaries about the arts in their communities. She has served as editor, producer, and script supervisor on several short and feature-length films as well as a production coordinator for the Kennedy Center Honors television special. She served as producer for the documentary, Dunbar: The Alchemy of Achievement, An Oral History of America's First Black Public High School (2016).