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Professor Burnette Debuts Short Film


February 16, 2012 – Teri Burnette, Assistant Professor of Video/Film Production at Shaw University, showcased her short film “Honey Boy” at the annual Hayti Heritage Film Festival. The festival, now in its 18th year, celebrates the history of the African-American community through film and movies.

Burnette’s film, originally told orally by the late, great storyteller Jackie Torrence of Salisbury, is a riveting story. This film is about a young man, who is suspected of being a Robin Hood-type, who robs the rich and gives to the poor people in his community. Someone who fits Honey Boy's description is killed for the reward money, and Honey Boy's mother is asked to identify his body, as community citizens watch to see if he is, in fact, the person who has been killed. Written, directed and edited by Burnette, the film features local actors and members of the North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers as the cast.   Using local donations, Burnette financed this film herself.