Baobab Filmworks explores pressing social issues through documentary film, photography, and storytelling.
Baobab is led by Terrance Pitts, an emerging African American documentary filmmaker and a Firelight Media Documentary Fellow. Terrance works as an independent director/producer and freelance camera operator. He has expertise in criminal justice reform drawn from his prior work at Open Society Foundations.
Terrance’s artistic orientation is drawn from his desire to direct and produce documentary films that explore pressing social issues while telling stories that help audiences discover our common humanity. Currently, Terrance is directing and producing a documentary that examines the impact of gun violence on young men of color, their families, and communities. He was driven to make the film after witnessing and documenting the aftermath of the shooting death of a teenager in his Brooklyn neighborhood.
His short film Wade in the Water: Movement Talk with John Lewis premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. In January 2015, Terrance screened the short video Montgomery to Ferguson: A New Movement for Democracy at the Smack Mellon gallery in Brooklyn for the group exhibition Respond. His camera work was featured in This Stops Today: NYC Policing Reforms One Year After Eric Garner, a video produced by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in 2015.
As a founding member of the artist/activist collective Blackout for Human Rights, Terrance has helped Blackout produce several successful artistic and activist-oriented events including #MLKNOW (2016), #JusticeforFlint (2016), and Blackout Black Friday – NYC (2015, 2016).
Terrance studied photography, film production, and editing at the International Center of Photography, the School of Visual Arts, and The New School as a continuing education student. Terrance has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Stanford University, a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University. Terrance is fluent in French and has traveled extensively.