DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — It was a surreal moment for Agnes Moss.
“I saw my 21-year-old self again. Some things were endearing. Just being there with the students and seeing how eager they are,” Moss said.
The University of North Carolina alum spoke to NC Central’s class of 2022 on Friday.
Not only does she want to provide inspiration, but also opportunity.
“North Carolina Central gave me an incredible foundation to be a filmmaker. I was studying mass communication in English. I learned storytelling. I learned how to use video material. However, I had no access to Hollywood. So I want to be a bridge for aspiring black filmmakers,” Moss explained.
Moss is the founder and president of the National Black Movie Association.
Based in Washington, DC, the non-profit organization champions film noir, diversity, and equity in the film industry. It helps aspiring filmmakers who attend historically black colleges and universities.
Moss said she finally wants to give that help to the North Carolina center.
“We offer professional development workshops. We offer scholarships. We connected budding filmmakers with people in the industry. We are filmmakers and film actors,” she said.
The passion for cinema is something she also hopes to connect with the next generation.
“So hopefully this is something that young black filmmakers will take the opportunity to join us and get involved in our programs,” Moss said.
If you’re interested in what the National Black Movie Association has to offer, click here.