Chesapeake Heartland Digital Archivist and Historian
Jasmyn R. Castro is a graduate of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation master’s program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Before attending NYU, she received an Associate of Arts degree in Film and Television Production from RCC: Toronto Film School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Women’s Studies from SUNY Empire State College.
She is creator of the African American Home Movie Archive collection and Black Home Movie Index (www.aahma.org); an online aggregate of African American home movie collections throughout the United States. Her research interests include access, self-documentation within the Black community, re-contextualizing traditional historical narratives of African American history and culture, and community archiving. Her chapter, Black Home Movies: Time to Represent, was published as part of Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film (Duke University Press, 2019); a volume that reevaluates basic assumptions about American film culture and the place of race within it.
As the Digital Historian and Archivist, Jasmyn work closely with campus and community partners to conceive, implement, and manage the digital archive and website for Chesapeake Heartland – An African American Humanities Project.