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Lorna A. Johnson, MFA

lornaAssociate Professor

Office: Kendall
Tel. 609-771-2450
Fax. 609-637- 5187
Office Hours:
Tues 12pm – 1pm
Fri 12:30pm – 1:30pm or by appointment

Lorna Johnson Frizell teaches within the Radio Television Film concentration of the department. She is a filmmaker who began her career as an intern for the documentary film company Kartemquin films in Chicago while a student at Northwestern University. Returning to New York, she worked for various independent filmmakers including documentary filmmakers Christine Choy, Renee Tajima and feature film director Julie Dash. She learned her craft freelancing as an assistant camera, production coordinator and production manager on numerous independent films. She later began her career as an independent filmmaker. Her first film Strands was screened nationally at a number of festivals nationwide, including the Atlanta Film and Video Festival, Women in the Director’ Chair, and the Ann Arbor Film and Video Festival. Her film My Wolverine won a Jury award at the Mill Valley Film Festival and won awards from the National Black Programming Consortium.   Her 2004 documentary Freedom Road profiles women prisoners in a memoir writing workshop has been broadcast nationally, and featured on the local Emmy award winning program Due Process in New Jersey. Freedom Road is currently in distribution at Women Make Movies. In 2007 she produced Just Another War, which looked at the impact of the Iraq war on three women’s lives. It has screened at the 2008 Athens Film Festival and the 2009 Montreal Human Rights Film Festival. She has won awards from the Mill Valley Film Festival, the National Black Programming Consortium and has been invited to present her work at Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University, George Washington University and the Montreal Human Rights Film Festival. Most recently she was the recipient of the 2012 Leeway Transformation Award granted to an artist whose work demonstrates a commitment to social change After all these years she is still inspired by the power of film and video to tell stories and impact lives. Most recently Professor Frizell has collaborated with students on her creative work which profiles an effort between Trenton residents and the police department to reduce crime in the city.

Seven Square Miles Trailer from Lorna Johnson Frizell on Vimeo.

Freedom Road on NJN Due Process from Lorna Johnson Frizell on Vimeo.

Leeway Transformation Award