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Lana Garland

Lana Garland’s creative practice centers on cultural memory restoration, particularly in the lives of African Americans. Working between narrative and documentary film forms, she tells stories with complex characters as she seeks to unearth the past to inform the future. Lana’s award-winning work as a creative director, producer, writer/director, and educator in television and film can be seen in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. Her content has aired on HBO, BET, PBS, and ESPN in America, and TV2 in Denmark. In documentary, Lana has worked on films such as Bowling For Columbine, HBO’s Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, and recently a film about the disappearance of Black funeral homes, The Passing On. She is the festival director and curator of the Hayti Heritage Film Festival, is a Fulbright Specialist in film at Makerere University in Uganda, and is a member of the North Carolina Governor’s Advisory Council on Film, Television, and Digital Streaming.


Bio created March 2022