Whitney Dow is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator. He has been producing and directing films focused on race and identity for nearly two decades as a partner in Two Tone Productions. His directorial credits include documentaries released theatrically and broadcast on commercial and public television: Two Towns of Jasper; I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, Unfinished Country and When the Drum is Beating. His credits as a producer include: Freedom Summer; Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America, The Undocumented, Toots and Among the Believers. His films have premiered at festivals ranging from Sundance to Tribeca and been broadcast on networks around the world. His work has been recognized with the George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont Award, Anthony Radziwill Documentary Achievement Award, the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award, as well as numerous film festival honors.
Dow’s current focus is the Whiteness Project
, a story-based interactive media and research project he is producing in collaboration with Columbia University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE). The project, which will ultimately include 1,000 subjects from communities across the United States, examines how Americans who identify as “white,” or “partially white,” process their ethnicity, and pair it with secondary quantitative data - attitudinal, socioeconomic and genomic. The resulting media and data set will serve as the foundation for a series of academic and media projects as well as an interactive academic resource that will live in Columbia’s library system.
Dow is also currently serving as Story Director for the multi-platform Public Media project “Veterans Coming Home” (VCH), a digital initiative by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and interactive storytelling in the Integrated Media Arts (IMA) MFA program at CUNY Hunter College. He has lectured widely and has a Research Scholar appointment at Columbia University.
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