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USA Today: Artist shares storytelling techniques, challenges with Wayne State University students

February 25, 2013

As soon as photographer and aspiring filmmaker Karen Sanders heard that Julie Dash would be teaching a special filmmaking class at Wayne State University this semester, Sanders knew for sure she'd made the right decision to move back home to Detroit from Edinburg, Texas. "I'm a huge fan of Julie's work," says Sanders, an adjunct professor at Marygrove College and one of Dash's students at Wayne. "I love her visual sensibility and her ability to tell a moving story." "To have a filmmaker, an artist of her stature who is committed and focused on a very clear vision of what representation of African-American women is all about is really important for our community as well as our students," says Juanita Anderson, Wayne State's director of film and digital media initiatives. "I often refer to Julie as somebody who has changed the landscape of American cinema. … The fact that she can draw upon African cultures from around the world to create a cinematic language, I think, is indeed special."