Caribbean Writers Series Presents "You're Better Off Here"
Caribbean Writers Series presents
Lisa Harewood (Barbados)
An Academic Lecture Series Event
Lisa Harewood is a Barbadian writer, director, and producer who produced the 2010 award-winning feature film A Hand Full of Dirt, and wrote and directed the short film, Auntie (watch online), which explores migration, matriarchal kinship structures, and Bajan life. Auntie premiered at Encounters Film Festival in the UK and has subsequently been screened in China, New Zealand, and across North America, Europe, and the Caribbean. It was acquired by the National Black Programming Consortium for its AfroPop series, and by Public Media Alliance, the largest global association of public service broadcasters.
Ms. Harewood is also the creative director of Barrel Stories, a transmedia oral history project currently being developed into an interactive documentary which deals with the issues of parental separation and migration.
Ms. Harewood holds a B.A. degree in Mass Communications from the University of the West Indies, an M.A. in Creative and Media Enterprises from the University of Warwick (UK), and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Documentary Production at the University of the West of England. She is the recipient of the Commonwealth Foundation’s Short Film Development Award for Auntie, and in 2012 was named one of Reelworld Foundation’s “Emerging 20” filmmakers. Ms. Harewood splits her time between Barbados and Bristol, England, and runs her own production company, Gate House Media, which is dedicated “to making work that accurately reflects the Caribbean experience and broadens access for the Caribbean diaspora to their own stories.”
This program is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, President’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, Academic Lecture Series, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs, St. John’s University Libraries, Caribbean Students Association, Department of English, and the Office of Global Studies.