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DocuClub Memphis: I AM


About the Screening

Please join the International Documentary Association and Indie Memphis on Saturday, October 22 for the DocuClub work-in-progress screening of the film I AM. Following the screening, we will be joined by filmmakers Jessica Chaney and Amanda Willoughby for a discussion, moderated by Indie Memphis Programmer and Black Creators Forum Coordinator Kayla Myers at the Circuit Playhouse (51 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104)

ASL and/or live captioning can be requested for the feedback discussion. Please email your request by October 20, 2022, to

DocuClub Memphis is a collaboration between IDA and the Indie Memphis Black Creators Forum. DocuClub is a work-in-progress screening series offering the public and members of the documentary film community a first look of new projects. Filmmakers and creators have the opportunity to showcase their rough cut and consult feedback from their peers and audience.

About the Work-in-Progress Film: I AM

"I AM" tackles the issue of mental health in the African-American community with candid and revealing interviews with five Black women who speak about their journey with Anxiety Disorder. Angela, Grae, Angel, Santyria, and Chloe tell their stories about their challenges with Anxiety Disorder and the remarkable ways they cope as they face unique cultural and societal issues.

Feedback Session Participants

Jessica Chaney, Director & Producer

Jessica Chaney is a storyteller passionate about showcasing captivating stories about the South, and women of color through filmmaking. An Alabama native, Jessica has worked in filmmaking for over a decade. Jessica has honed her media skills by producing content through local news stations, advertising agencies, and churches. In 2017, Jessica co-founded Not Your Ordinary Films Production Company. She has produced several successful short films and web series screened in film festivals across the country. Jessica currently resides in Memphis, TN where she works in the Independent film community. She has worked with Indie Memphis Film Festival on producing a Black Creators Forum and Pitch Rally that serves the goal of providing workshops, networking opportunities, and valuable resources to African-American filmmakers. Jessica also mentors youth filmmakers in Memphis, TN.

Amanda Willoughby, Producer & Editor

Amanda Willoughby is a director, producer, editor, youth mentor, and co-creator of Not Your Ordinary Films production company. For over a decade, Amanda has taught and mentored Memphis youth in the art of filmmaking, on a mission to raise the next generation of great filmmakers. Amanda is the Lead Video Instructor for Memphis Public Libraries’ CLOUD901 Teen Learning Lab. She is also the Youth Mentor Program Coordinator for Indie Memphis, pairing local youth with professional filmmaker mentors. Amanda has lended her artistic talents to several organizations such as the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, Collage Dance Academy, The Urban Art Commission, The Department of Youth Services, Memphis Music Initiative, New Memphis, The Neighborhood Christian Centers Inc, Theater Memphis, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens and more. Her work aims to bridge the everyday population with the creative community.

Kayla Myers, Moderator

Kayla Myers is a film programmer, writer,  and filmmaker. Currently, she works as a programmer and Black Creators Forum Coordinator at Indie Memphis. She’s previously been the Features programmer for the San Francisco Documentary Festival, and the Series Producer for The DocYard in Cambridge, MA. She is passionate about intersectional feminist practices within the arts, making films more accessible to those not living in large filmmaking centers, and developing audiences with a thoughtful, community-centered approach.

Space is very limited, so please RSVP only if you can commit to attending the entire event and actively participate in the feedback discussion.

Director(s): Jessica Chaney
Producer(s): Amanda Willoughby, Jessica Chaney