Dr. Rachel Raimist is Fresh, Bold and So Def


Dr. Rachel Raimist is an award-winning filmmaker whose most known for Nobody Knows My Name, the first documentary about women in hip-hop. She is co-editor of Home Girls Make Some Noise!: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology, and is one of the founding curators of BGirl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, MN.  She has worked for decades in documentary storytelling, but is also skilled in directing, scriptwriting, producing music videos, dance for camera projects, and live events. Her day job is as a professor where she works hard to train women behind the camera and help her student break into the entertainment industry. Her research focuses on feminist filmmaking, women of color feminisms, hip-hop feminisms, pedagogy, and digital storytelling. At the University of Alabama she is a tenured Associate Professor. She teaches media production in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media. She teaches videography courses as well as travel-study courses, “C&IS in LA” and “JCM at Sundance,” which are immersive industry-focused travel courses. Raimist also serves as Co-Director of UA’s Creative Campus, an arts advocacy organization that supports student interns to build arts focused projects and events. Raimist’s award-winning films have screened at festivals such as South By Southwest, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, San Jose Cinequest, and Women in the Director’s Chair, and on national and international television outlets. From 2011 to 2015, Raimist managed the multi-camera Imag video crew at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, operated by the City of Tuscaloosa. In 1999 the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota named the department’s media center as The Rachel Raimist Feminist Media Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota. Raimist also earned a B.A. in 1995 and a M.F.A. in 1999 in Directing from the UCLA School of Film and Television, and a M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1995. Raimist has been a proud member of the Crunk Feminist Collective since 2010. The Crunks are an amazing collective of feminist activists, scholars, artists, and visionaries with very passionate fans.




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