Meet Our Scholars
Justice and Law, Film Studies
Jayden Newman grew up in the south side area of Chicago and is a current second semester junior at American University. Jayden was afforded the incredible opportunity to double major in both film and justice and law studies, where Jaden’s passion lies. Jayden spent the past seven years doing freelance video work, including commissioned promotional videos, travel documentaries, or artistic projects, and she spent much time writing, which is her favorite part of filmmaking (screenplay work). In 2022, Jayden produced quite a few fiction films and a non-fiction video series about vaccine hesitancy in marginalized communities for their organization. Jayden truly enjoyed her coursework in social justice and the way it informs her work as an aspirational documentary filmmaker. Her film artist statement is a focus on amplifying the voices of marginalized groups through uplifting and powerful content, informed by social justice work, history, and the hidden stories of real individuals. Film is special in that way, in its ability to tell a story that might not otherwise be remembered.