Meet Cindy Ball, the Filmmaker
Cindy’s interest in filmmaking developed from a fascination with the animation and special effects in films in the 1990s. Although highly intrigued by the potential of this technology in films, as a single mother of three she put her fascination on the back burn and maintained her job as an administrator of a national youth development organization in Indianapolis, IN. Although she won awards as the Professional of the Year in Indiana and the Midwest in 2000, 2002, 2003, was a Robert Woodruff Fellow in 2000-2001, received the Rising Star Award in 2000, and a host of other awards between 1999- 2007, she never gave up on the dream of becoming a filmmaker.
In 2008 while attending a meeting at Ball State University in the College of Communication and Information Media, she was inspired to consider filmmaking as an encore career. She enrolled in the Digital Storytelling program in the fall of 2008 and graduated May 8, 2010 with a second Masters Degree in Digital Storytelling. She already held a Masters Degree in Education.
“Digital storytelling is critical today since increasingly more people rely on video to learn, tell stories, sell a product and capture history. Being an educator and healer of the heart, I decided to use digital storytelling as a vehicle to inform, inspire, and engage audiences to discuss topics that draw us closer together as a human race.”
Her first film, An African-American Quest for Authenticity is about the migration of African-Americans to Ghana, West Africa. It was shown on PBS in Indiana 2010, featured the Indiana Black Expo 2011, featured in the Indie Women’s Film Festival in New York, and included in the Nigeria International Film Festival the same year. The idea of living an authentic life is vaguely understood, it is an ideal shared by people of all races and cultures. She believes that as African-Americans learn more about their African heritage and history, they will take pride and recognize their unique position in the history of the world.
Other Films By Cindy
A Great Land Grab: Housing Cooperatives in San Francisco, CA, 2007
An African American Quest for Authenticity, 2011
State Sanctioned Terrorist, Still In Production
Malcolm X Center and Malcolm X Festival, 2013
CASI Slave Rally, 2011
Candles in the Dark, Completed May 2015
Reforming Public Education – In Production
Cindy has a BA in Education from Converse College, a Masters in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Masters in Telecommunication from Ball State University. Founding Director of Nafasi, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children orphaned by AIDS in Kenya. Founder of Emerging Filmmakers Cooperative in Indianapolis, IN and co-founder in Ubuntu Institute for Community Development in Spartanburg, SC.