Augusta Palmer

Augusta Palmer makes music documentaries that unspool their stories from the bottom up rather than from the top down, using music as a critical path to the heart of history and culture. She is also an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Arts at St. Francis College. She 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. She is currently at work on THE BLUES SOCIETY, a documentary about the Memphis Country Blues Festival of the 1960s, which was co-founded by her father, Robert Palmer. 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.