Alumna’s photo inspiration for Jamie Foxx short film

Grace Lankford StoryLinkGrace Lankford ’11
Health and Exercise Science alum
Hummelstown, Pa.

Featured on the cover of the summer 2011 issue of The Bridge, health and exercise science alum Grace Lankford ’11 continues to pursue her love of photography in addition to her job as a wellness instructor.

Though she focused her major course work in the sciences, Lankford broadened her horizons by taking many art electives during her time at Messiah. “I love art, especially photography,” said Lankford. “I wanted to take as many classes as I could and photography has continued to be a passion of mine ever since.”

Now, a photo from one of those classes will make it to the big screen as part of Cannon’s Project Imaginat10n, a photo contest and film festival sponsored by Canon and noted director Ron Howard that brings together aspiring photographers and celebrity directors by using photos as inspiration for short films.

Lankford’s photo “Rest Easy” was chosen as one of 10 finalists in the Backstory category and was one of 10 photos that actor Jamie Foxx selected for his film inspiration. Lankford took the picture during a digital photography class, capturing a tired chick just after it hatched at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Lankford’s winning photo

“That day for class we spent time at the Farm Show taking pictures,” said Lankford. “I saw the chicks hatching and this one just looked exhausted. Last year, after a friend told me about Project Imaginat10n, I thought it might not be the whole big idea for a film, but this photo could be an interesting background story, so I submitted it.”

A few months later Lankford received the call that she was a finalist. “Seeing the images my photo was up against made me realize that it was a pretty big deal to be chosen,” said Lankford. “I had actually started to forget about the contest, but when I got the call from Canon to tell me I was a finalist and that Jamie Foxx chose my photo, my heart started racing. It was pretty neat.”

As a finalist, Lankford won $500 worth of Cannon gear and will get to attend the premier of the film later this year.

-Erin Bray ’10

Posted in 2011, Alumni, Exercise Science, Majors & Minors, Studio Art | 2 Comments »

Posted on February 1st, 2013

2 Responses to “Alumna’s photo inspiration for Jamie Foxx short film”

  1. Abby Says:

    What film is it?

  2. ebray Says:

    The names of the films have not been released to the winners yet.


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