Kennedy Reid – Georgia Nomination by Kerri Reid Photography by BPI Photography, Inc. Issue 70 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Kennedy Reid is an inspiring filmmaker who uses her talents to highlight important teen and community issues. She is the only African-American senior Film major at Savannah Arts Academy (SAA); an internationally recognized Quarter-Finalist Award recipient in the Best Documentary category at the Student World Impact Student Film Festival and Northwood Film Festival Winner for Tabula Rasa: A Fresh Start. Kennedy is a multi-year winner of both the Wells Fargo Junior Stock Market Game and Future Business Leaders of America Regional competitions. She’s a member of the SAA Filmmaker’s Society; two National Honor Societies and a committed community volunteer.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? Kennedy strives to share exciting and thought-provoking stories with her peers and community. As the only student to direct two short films in succession at Savannah Arts Academy in 2023, she co-directed the award-winning documentary, “Tabula Rasa: A Fresh Start” which recently received the Quarter-Finalist Award for Best Documentary in the Student World Impact Film Festival (selected from over 13,868 storytellers representing 120 countries). Kennedy also wrote, directed, and produced “Dean’s List”, a sci-fi short film that creatively discusses social acceptance, academic burnout, and the price of conformity while also providing commentary on the American education system.
What would you most like to talk about in your interview? I would love to be able to talk about my films and share a fresh perspective on what it's like to be arising filmmaker in the 21st century.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be? “I feel like I could talk about art forever. Growing up, I was exposed to different styles of film, visual art, music, and dance that made a large impact on who I am today. For some, art serves as a vessel for an initiative or an emotion, but in all cases, true art is a reflection of the individual who makes it. It’s a tangible form of human experience and emotion. I try to create thought-provoking art in my films in order to share important and often overlooked topics with my peers.”
How did you find your photographer, BPI Photography, Inc.?What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? Bowen Photography was selected by my high school to take our senior portraits. The photo session was fun