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New Trailer - "Fred: The Town Dog"
In 1993 a dirty and disheveled dog walked into the tiny town of Rockford, Alabama, where he was nursed to health, cleaned, and adopted by the town, becoming “Fred” - the town dog. Fred is a film about a struggling small town and its adoption of a new friend, exploring his relationships and the effect he had on both individuals and the community as a whole.
Posted on Sun, 14 April 2013 06:07 by Ava
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Remembering Dr. King
Remembering Dr. King today on the anniversary of his death. This is a video I edited together a few years ago from old news footage for the Alabama Democratic Party to show at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. His words still resonate today.

Posted on Thu, 04 April 2013 12:22 by Ava
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Tune into HuffPo live tonight!
I'll be taking part in a forum about youth activism with Huffington Post Live this evening at 9:30pm EST. You can watch it live online at
Posted on Tue, 22 January 2013 07:18 by Ava
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TRAILER - Fred: The Town Dog

Hey ya’ll! Check out the new trailer for FRED: The Town Dog and help us with our post-production campaign. We need to raise $4,000 to complete the film and need your help to do it! If you can’t contribute, help by spreading the link to our trailer and campaign.

Posted on Mon, 14 January 2013 02:14 by Ava
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Just Another Reason to Vote
Posted on Sun, 04 November 2012 04:23 by Ava
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New Project - Fred: The Town Dog
I wanted to share with you my senior thesis documentary film.

In 1993 a dirty and disheveled dog walked into the tiny town of Rockford, Alabama, where he was nursed to health, cleaned, and adopted by the town, becoming “Fred” - the town dog. Fred is a film about a struggling small town and its adoption of a new friend, exploring his relationships and the effect he had on both individuals and the community as a whole. Fred is currently in pre-production and shooting is planned to take place in October of 2012.

You can read more about the project here.

This project is about a lot more than just a beloved pet. Rockford is a small town of only 400 residents located in Coosa County, Alabama, where it is the county seat. This quintessential southern town has suffered in recent years; many of the town’s shops have been forced to close, and meanwhile many of the town’s inhabitants have moved away in search of job opportunities. Through Fred and the time he shared with the people of Rockford, Alabama, we will gain insight into the individuals who cared for him while exploring the town’s narrative - specifically the narrative of an increasingly deserted area on the verge of becoming another southern ghost town. We will explore exactly what Fred meant to the individuals who cared for him and why they were so willing to care for a dog that showed up as nothing more than a dirty mutt.

I'm really passionate about this project. As a liberal southerner, I have a complex relationship to my native-Alabama. There are many wonderful things about the south while there are also very negative aspects to the south. Moving to New York, though, I've realized this could by said for most (if not all) places. This film is a way for me to explore my relationship with Alabama and share the culture that I love while also taking into account the realities of small town life.

Please help me spread the word and pass along the Indiegogo page.
In order for this film to be made I have to raise the necessary funds first. Received funds would help cover the cost of transportation from New York City, where our crew is based, to Rockford, Alabama. This includes the cost of airfare and vehicle rental. It would also feed our crew and help cover the cost of equipment rentals. Please consider donating anything, even just a few bucks helps, and spread the link around to friends, family, facebook contacts, etc. Our facebook page is linked below. Thanks!!

- Ava
Posted on Tue, 14 August 2012 11:03 by Ava
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Crossing Over
Hi all!

I wanted to share with you the trailer to a new film that I'm proud to be a part of. I'm currently serving as assistant to the director on a feature-length documentary following three transgendered immigrants from Mexico that are seeking political asylum in the United States due to emotional, physical and sexual abuses inflicted upon them in their home country. Today we released our trailer and began a fund-raising campaign. This is a truly important film that we hope can bring awareness to this group of women and others like them. You can view the trailer and read more about the film at the link below. I hope you'll help us spread word about the film and the cause.

- Ava
Posted on Wed, 11 July 2012 01:44 by Ava
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A good example of the changing times (and minds) vs. conservatism
Santorum's exchange with a group of students at New England College’s College Convention 2012 ended with the Senator leaving the stage to boos, but not before a heated discussion with students about same-sex marriage. You can watch the back and forth below.

The exchange was also a good example of the divergence between the mindset of many in Santorum's generation and those in mine. While obviously there are still young people who are socially conservative and homophobic, the numbers seem to be decreasing, thanks in part to information dissemination and the ability of someone like myself, a young person who grew up in the conservative deep south, to experience more liberal ideas and culture via the media and internet. That being said, there is still a long way to go.

What bothered me further about Santorum's exchange was his inability to respect the questions and opinions of the students. That goes beyond difference in opinion and world-view. Change is scary to many and nothing represents change more than the youth. A candidate like Santorum will find it hard to gain the support of young people, not just because of his conservative obstinate world-view, but also because of his attitude towards the young and progressive of this country, namely his inability to listen or be questioned.

You can read further about Santorum's exchange on MSNBC's website
Posted on Thu, 05 January 2012 08:43 by Ava
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Photos from tonight's Occupy Times Square event
All photos via the talented Spyros Papavassiliou

Tonight thousands gathered in Times Square to occupy together and demand an end to corporate greed and priority, including Spyros and myself. Below are some photos from the inspiring event. Click the thumbnails for larger images.

Posted on Sat, 15 October 2011 11:34 by Ava
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A Second Bill of Rights

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights - among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however - as our industrial economy expanded - these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness. We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence." Necessitous men are not free men." People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all - regardless of station, race, or creed.
Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being. America's own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens.

For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.

- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
January 11, 1944
Posted on Thu, 06 October 2011 08:22 by Ava
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Occupy Jail Cells
Last night I was arrested for the first time. Why? Because I took part in Occupy Wall Street by showing up to document this historic event. I'm only one of over 700 that were arrested. I can't speak for everyone there, but I can speak for myself. What follows is my account of what happened yesterday afternoon along with photos that I took during the march. But first let me preface this by saying that while supportive of the Occupy Wall Street event, and inspired by the actions of ordinary people standing up to demand an end to corporate greed and corruption, as a busy student I was not "mobilized" into action. Yesterday's actions by the NYPD, however, have turned me into one pissed off and mobilized person, as I'm sure it has many.

Both my boyfriend and myself have been following the events at Zuccotti Park and the Occupy Wall Street movement. I've admired from the sidelines as people have stood up for their beliefs, something I'm ashamed to say that I haven't done very often lately. Yesterday, we decided to head down to the park and take part in the march in order to document it. We both grabbed our cameras and headed out, arriving at the park around 3:30pm. By that point the march had started, and we ran ahead several blocks to beat the march in order to take photos of the lead. We took our photos and then began to move around and among the crowd to gather more images.

Soon the crowd crossed the street towards the Brooklyn Bridge. As they crossed, people began to become confused about whether to walk on the pedestrian walk-way or the street. The group split into two, and kept marching. We chose to take the pedestrian walk-way at first. As we looked down to the street, we saw that the police were seemingly leading the protesters to the street in order to keep them safe (or so we thought). At that point, we opted to go back onto the street rather than continue of the pedestrian path.

As we went into the street we heard no warnings at all, none. As you can see in this video, police are ahead of the marchers, seemingly leading them. No warnings are shouted. Warning may have been made to these leading in the front of the crowd, but no warnings were made to the mass of the people. Many were confused and were told nothing by the police officers that were in the middle and rear of the march. Also, in the video posted by NYPD that they claim shows that they warned protesters that their marching on the bridge was illegal, you can clearly see that the video was shot when protestors were already on the bridge. In fact, at this point the protesters had already been netted in with orange nets, preventing from "dispersing" as they were telling us to do. We were in the back of the crowd by this point, where the nets were first put in place.

At this point people began to line up in order to leave the bridge willingly. The officers were only letting about five people at a time leave. Several minutes passed and suddenly they quit letting people leave. A white shirted officer began to shout to the rear of the crowd, "You wanted to stay! Now you're staying! You're all getting arrested!" Many people in the rear of the crowd began to freak out - many were crying and begging to leave willingly.

I contemplated what to do. In my mind it would be better for me to willingly turn myself in so that I could leave sooner and show that I was not resisting arrest, and explain that I was there to document and take photos. I was then yelled at by the same white-shirt that yelled at the crowd earlier, "You wanna go in? Ok, then step right up", as if I was insincere about my willingness to go in.

So I stepped up. I was put against the railing of the bridge, searched and then cuffed with plastic zip-ties. The cuffs would come back to bite me. I was then placed in a van along with six other females who willingly turned themselves in and we were driven to several different places before being taken to a Precinct with room for us - or so they thought. We sat in the car for over two and a half hours before being taken inside. During this time my arresting officer agreed with me that my cuffs were too tight, and after having them on for about two hours he cut them and placed new ones on. My hands were numb by this point, my wrists blistered and bruised, and my right hand was purple.

Finally we were taken inside where we were again searched, all of our personal property seized, and I was put into a cell made for one person with two other women. We remained there for over six hours. Keep in mind that during this eight hour plus ordeal we were not given food or water. We were not told what was going on, and allowed no phone calls.

I turned myself in at 5pm, immediately after calling my mother to let her know that she wouldn't hear from me for what I thought would be "a few" hours tops. I left the police station and finally called her back at 1:56am, pissed off, angry, hurt, and traumatized from the whole experience. I walked home from the station at which I was held, calling frantically to see if my boyfriend, who was also detained, was out yet. It was 45 minutes later that he was released.

I have a court date in November. I can choose to either pay a small fine and plead guilty to "obstructing vehicular activity" and "disorderly conduct", or show up to court in order to dispute the charges. I plan on showing up, and I plan on disputing.

In the end I'm glad I was arrested. This event has sparked something in me that's been lacking since I came to university and busied myself with schoolwork and internships. I'm passionate about fighting for my country again, and I don't plan on keeping silent.

The police may have tried to deter us, but instead they've impassioned us.

I am one of the 99%, and I'm mad as hell.

Find out more here:
Posted on Sun, 02 October 2011 06:26 by Ava
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Sight & Sound Documentary Project: You've Come a Long Way Baby

This is my interview project created for Marco Williams' Sight & Sound: Documentary class at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. The assignment was to make a short documentary that involved an interview.
Posted on Thu, 31 March 2011 03:49 by Ava
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Sight & Sound Documentary Project: Floyd Bennet Field, Brooklyn

This is my location assignment for Marco Williams' Sight & Sound: Documentary class at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. The assignment is to document and give a sense of a location without interview or any information other than what happens in front of the camera.
Posted on Thu, 31 March 2011 03:44 by Ava
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Sight & Sound Film Project: Spin Cycle

Spin Cycle from Ava Lowrey on Vimeo.

This is my final project for Laszlo Santha's Sight & Sound: Film class at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. All Sight & Sound Film projects are shot on 16mm film with audio recorded and edited separately.
Posted on Thu, 31 March 2011 03:41 by Ava
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Alternative GO ARMY audio ad
This is my final project for Sound Image, my audio drama class at NYU. I recently saw a new GO ARMY spot and decided to use it as the basis for my final project. In my version, I took the format of the ad, which used the U.S. Soldier's Creed, and altered it to give what I believe is a more honest portrayal of the current U.S. Army experience, which is very different from the fun action-filled portrayal in the GO ARMY advertisements. Listen below (tip: turn up your volume):

Posted on Sat, 08 May 2010 07:33 by Ava

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