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Who we are

About us

Our mission

Hayti Film centers Black Southern film as a means to 1) create a robust ecosystem and 2) connect the diaspora to the richness of our ancestral home in America; the South.

What we do

Hayti Heritage Film Festival serves as the home for Black southern film and artists committed to preserving the wisdom, traditions, and solutions coming from Black Southern culture and identity. In addition to the yearly festival, year-round screenings, workshops, and filmmaker talkbacks add to the richness of Hayti Film.

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Our Values

Our vision and purpose are grounded in the following values:

We center and present Black Southern film as a means of connecting Black people to the richness of our ancestral homeland; the South.

We believe in the power of content to transform us, inform our sense of home and place, and shape how we envision a world where we’re able to be our

We provide an exhibition platform for Black filmmakers and artists who are often overlooked and denied opportunities for film distribution.

We believe in the necessity of creative & caring spaces that are intergenerational, intersectional and appreciative of the diversity of Black identity.

We are committed to the preservation of the story, vision, and importance of the Hayti community, the broader Black experience and the wisdom of our elders and ancestors.

Our Roots

About Hayti

The mission of Hayti Heritage Center (HHC) is to preserve and advance the heritage and culture of historic Hayti in Durham, North Carolina and the African American experience through arts programs that benefit the broader community nationally and globally.

Meet the team

Staff and advisors

Lana Garland

Co-Festival Director

Lana Garland

Co-Festival Director

Tyra Dixon

Co-Festival Director

Tyra Dixon

Co-Festival Director

Vonnie Smith

Director of Programming

Vonnie Smith

Director of Programming

Audria Byrd

Festival Coordinator

Audria Byrd

Festival Coordinator

Angel Dozier

Communications

Angel Dozier

Communications

Sam Hoggs

Social Media / Marketing

Sam Hoggs

Social Media / Marketing

Angela Lee

Executive & Artistic Director,
Hayti Heritage Center

Angela Lee

Executive & Artistic Director,
Hayti Heritage Center

Melody Little

Executive Finance Officer,
Hayti Heritage Center

Melody Little

Executive Finance Officer,
Hayti Heritage Center

Carol Lloyd

Development Director,
Hayti Heritage Center

Carol Lloyd

Development Director,
Hayti Heritage Center

Quentin "Q" Talley

Program Director,
Hayti Heritage Center

Quentin "Q" Talley

Program Director,
Hayti Heritage Center

John Nyere Frazier

Facility Manager and Program Assistant,
Hayti Heritage Center

John Nyere Frazier

Facility Manager and Program Assistant,
Hayti Heritage Center

Sandra Gentry

Administrative Assistant,
Hayti Heritage Center

Sandra Gentry

Administrative Assistant,
Hayti Heritage Center

Marc Lee

Program Support,
Hayti Heritage Center

Marc Lee

Program Support,
Hayti Heritage Center

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