“When I was a young child my parents bought me an audio cassette recorder. I have fond memories of recording stories about people in my community, the sanctified, the sinners, the marginalized, and the colorful characters. At that time, those simple stories were my creative escape and cultural awakening. Later those narratives would become the driving influence and inspiration for my creative work.”
Dwight Cammeron is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker whose projects have been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, PBS’s National Black Programming Consortium, The National Educational Telecommunications Association, and the Broadcast Education Association. His films, which highlight African American history and center the African American experience, have been screened at film festivals and conferences around the country. He was awarded an Emmy for The Music of Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes. The documentary tells the story of one of America’s most original and influential voices during the golden age of gospel. His latest project is Finding the Cornerstone: The Wallace A. Rayfield Story. The film emphasizes the overlooked work of the pioneering African American architect Wallace Rayfield. The documentary recently premiered at Birmingham’s 2020 Sidewalk Film Festival.
Cammeron is a native of Gadsden, Alabama, a small town in southern Appalachia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Film Communication from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also holds a master’s degree in Telecommunication and Film from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Cammeron taught documentary and digital media production classes in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama.