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Lorenzo Dickerson

Virginia Institute of Government

Lorenzo Dickerson's Biography

Lorenzo Dickerson is a filmmaker/photographer and founder of Maupintown Media with documentary films that focuses on sharing stories of African-American history and culture in Virginia. His own Maupintown Film Festival is held annually at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A native of Charlottesville/Albemarle, Lorenzo earned a BBA in business management and MBA in marketing from Strayer University and got started as a filmmaker sharing the stories of his own family, including being enslaved at Castle Hill plantation, their participation in the Great Migration, attending an historic Rosenwald School, and desegregating Albemarle County Public Schools.

His dedication to community work in the local area was awarded with the 2019 Community Leadership Award from the Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Charlottesville. Lorenzo now serves on the board of directors at Charlottesville's Paramount Theater, Preservation Piedmont as well as VPM’s Community Advisory Board. He is the co-writer/co-director of Raised/Razed, which has won two Telly awards and a Capital Emmy.