Interview with the Filmmaker

by Lisa Stahl

Talking to her in the comforts of her home perched on a California hill that is breathtakingly beautiful, you might not guess that Constance Jackson, independent filmmaker and producer of “Over the River…Life of Lydia Maria Child, Abolitionist for Freedom” came from a working poor family. Constance came to California in the 70s with very little money, but has achieved a lot – first, in securing a modicum of financial comfort, and now, in forging an identity as an African-American woman filmmaker.

Accordingly, Constance has more reason than one to write a documentary about Lydia Maria Child. As a woman, independent filmmaker, political and social activist, feminist, and African-American, Ms. Jackson, like Lydia, lived through an era of profound social and political change. She has also learned how to walk a fine line, using art sometimes to promote social and political awareness. A self-trained independent filmmaker, Constance turned to making movies after a successful career in health care marketing and management. She learned the craft of filmmaking from personal mentors, seminars, and film classes. Constance founded Permanent Productions in 1998 which incorporated in 2002. This is her second major endeavor as a documentary filmmaker, following the release of Blitz Attack, The Andrea Hines Story in 2005.

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Constance L. Jackson, MPH, President/CEO is the writer, director and producer of all the films in Permanent Production’s collection. Ms. Jackson earned a Master’s degree in Public Health, specializing in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ms. Jackson also has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication. The documentary films produced by Permanent Productions present cutting-edge issues that delve deeply into the underlying factors that make up the nuances of an individual and a country. She has the ability to tap into the essence of many unspoken issues immersing viewers into the story, allowing them to think and talk about their own behavior and experiences.