Tennessee Jane Watson

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Tennessee Jane Watson lives in Brooklyn, NY and is working on an MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College. 


Before NYC she was in Washington, D.C. where she taught radio and multimedia production to teens at the Latin American Youth Center's Art + Media House. Watson spent four years at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University producing documentaries, instructing courses and coordinating Youth Noise Network, a radio project for teens in Durham, North Carolina.

Before starting her career in the documentary field Watson worked as an outreach worker with the Maine Migrant Health Program, a public health organization that serves migrant and seasonal farmworkers. The years she spent working with migrant farmworkers has continued to have an impact on her documentary work, which primarily focuses on issues related to Latinos living in the United States.

She is a 2003 cum laude graduate from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Tennessee is fluent in Spanish, studied for a year at the University of Havana and offers focused understanding of Latin American politics, media, and culture. In 2005 she spent five months in Mexico, studying education, migration and media issues. During the summer of 2008 Watson traveled to Nicaragua to teach audio production to teenagers involved with Radio Mulukuku, a community radio station managed by the Maria Luisa Ortiz Cooperative and Health Center.  She has also traveled widely in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Her favorite way to travel is by bicycle or sailboat. And she is an avid long=

Check out some of Tennessee’s work:

Farmworkers Feed Us All, a documentary project about the labor and health of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Maine she co-produced with photographer Earl Dotter.

Portrait of Silvia Elena, a woodblock print/paper-cut-out/audio installation she worked on with the New York artist SWOON about the femicides in Juarez, Mexico. The piece was a part of The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art and Politics, an exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and then re-installed as a solo piece at Honey Space in New York. Watch a short slideshow about the installation. .

The Nuevo South Project, an audio documentary about Latino immigrant to a small North Carolina town co-produced with John Biewen from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke.

The Profound Language of Mothers and Daughters is an interview with linguist and author Deborah Tannen for Ms. Magazine.

Watson worked as a production assistant on the American RadioWorks audio documentary The Hospice Experiment and wrote an essay on the concepts of hospice and her mom’s death for the project’s website. Click here and then scroll down to find Watson’s essay.

One of her first attempts at documentary work was The Untold Story, a web-based project examining institutional change at her alma mater Colby College.