We conceived The Prince George’s Memory Project to provide the current, former, and future residents of the County with a visual record of its people, accomplishments, trials, and community. To do so, we are asking those with home movies or photographs captured in Prince George’s County to share this personal media with others.
O. Funmilayo Makarah is an award-winning film/videomaker, installation artist, curator and educator who resides in Largo Maryland. She is the founder and Executive Director of The Heritage Film Festival (now celebrating its 10th year), a local community event organized by volunteers in Prince George’s county. Recently Ms. Makarah was recognized nationally in the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s L.A. Rebellion exhibition that The Getty Center sponsored at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Ms. Makarah served on the Maryland State Arts Council for both the Arts in Communities and Multi-Discipline Committees, and a juror for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Rubys. Currently she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Humanities Council.
Co-Directed by O.F. Makarah, a world-renowned filmmaker and artist who conceived and directs the Heritage Film Festival in Bowie, Maryland (now entering its tenth year) and Matt White, a filmmaker and film/video archivist who conceived and is also now working on The Beatles Live! movie with The Beatles and Ron Howard, our Memory Project is part media archeology and part Big Event.
In the summer of 2015, we are holding a conference focusing on the restoration and preservation of community media. We’ll also screen a rich sampling of the movies and photographs gathered as part of this project.
Co-director Matthew White founded the WPA Film Library in 1986, and has held senior management positions at National Geographic Digital Media and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, where he served as the Executive Director of the American Archive. Mr. White is also an award-winning filmmaker of archive-inspired programs, and serves as a member of the United Nations-organized advocacy group, Archives at Risk. Currently, he is working on a feature film with The Beatles and Ron Howard and is the Executive Director of the trade group ACSIL, which represents the interests of global film and video archives.
The Prince George’s Memory Project is an initiative of Six Hearts, a nonprofit arts organization based in Largo, Maryland. It has alliances with a variety of organizations, including The Creative Edge Studio Collaborative, Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council and The Center for Home Movies.
We need volunteers, so please contact us if you are interested in repatriating the memory of the County with home movies and photographs.