Ph.D. in Cinema Studies, New York University
M.A. in Cinema Studies, New York University
B.A. in Film Production & East Asian Studies, Sarah Lawrence College
Augusta Palmer is a media maker and scholar who holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a documentarian, she is best known for The Hand of Fatima (2009), a feature documentary about music, mysticism and family history. Her first fiction short, "A is for Aye-Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure," screened at children’s film festivals from New York to New Zealand. Palmer has recently completed a fiction short called "Order My Steps"about an incarcerated woman who reaches out to her estranged daughter after 20 years of silence. The film is a collaboration with screenwriter and fellow SFC Professor Kathryn Grant. Palmer is currently at work on The Blues Society, a documentary about the Memphis Country Blues Festival of the 1960s. Augusta Palmer's work has been supported by the New York State Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.