ROCK HILL, SC – The Underexposed Film Festival yc has named Joanne Hock as the recipient of the 2017 Cotton Alley Award. First presented in 2015, the Cotton Alley Award is an honorary award that recognizes outstanding contributions and commitment to the world of independent filmmaking.
Joanne is passionate and prolific storyteller. She has written and directed feature films and documentaries, lensed and directed countless television commercials and directed national and international television shows. With more than 30 years in this ever-changing industry – and among a small population of women to break the glass ceiling in directing and cinematography, Joanne’s career continues to expand and grow.
She has spearheaded film projects for Fortune 500 companies and has been recognized by the prestigious New York International Film Festival with the Gold Medal Award for direction as well as the coveted Grand Prize Award.
Joanne’s latest feature film directorial work, The Ultimate Legacy can be currently seen on the Hallmark Movie Channel. Her other features include Trinity Goodheart for Aspire TV and Redneck Roots on Amazon. Joanne is in rewrites and early pre-production for her fourth feature film.
Two documentaries that Joanne directed, Purple Dreams and Martin Hill: Cameraman are just starting out on the festival circuit. Her documentary, From Poverty to Power, the James B. Duke Story is currently airing as a co-production of UNC-Public TV.
Joanne also worked as Director of Photography on several feature-length documentaries including, In the Footsteps of Ellie Wiesel, narrated by Richard Gere, and served as Director of Photography on three PBS and APT feature length documentaries including Laugh at Us, The Spirit of Sacagawea and most recently, The Newport Effect. In 2014 Joanne lensed 13 episodes of Dr. Maya Angelou’s television series, The Spirit Table. Per Joanne, the experience of working side by side with Dr. Angelou was life changing.
Past honorees of the Cotton Alley Award include Patrick Fugit, actor – Outcast, and Almost Famous, in 2015, and in 2016, Dale M. Pollock, producer, founder – River Run Film Festival, author – Skywalking: The Life and Times of George Lucas.
The 2017 Underexposed Film Festival yc is March 1 – 4, 2017, and is being held in various locations on the campus of Winthrop University. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets start at $8 per block when purchased in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets are just $5 for Winthrop students with a valid ID. Less than 10 All Access Festival Packages are still available. Tickets and festival packages are available online at underexposedfilmfestivalyc.org, by calling 803-328-2787 or in person at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC