Waking Up White (WUW) is a television pilot written, directed and co-produced by Jason D. Gregory serving as part of his thesis requirements for earning a Master of Fine Arts in the Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema program at the University of Central Florida. The project attempts to answer the question "what if" by placing the main characters in a "fish out of water" scenario. In WUW a Black family wakes up White and has 30 days to determine if they'd rather return to their cultural roots or stick with the "new skin" that they are in. Upon awakening to their new reality, the neighborhood that they fled is in the early stages of gentrification and now whatever decision they make not only affects them but also their former community. WUW was produced for $15,000, was shot on location in Central Florida and employed an all Central Florida based cast and crew. This thesis outlines the theories and processes used to bring this project to fruition.
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
School of Visual Arts and Design
Emerging Media; Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Gregory, Jason, "Waking Up White: The Search For Black Happiness" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 6316.