A self-taught screenwriter and documentary filmmaker with a passion for historical research best describes Omaha, Nebraska native Victoria White. Her interest in The Great Migration of African Americans from the southern states to Omaha launched her journey into filmmaking that started when she was near her retirement from the U.S. Air Force in 2007.
White’s first documentary production was in 2008 with "A Time Remembered". The documentary covered the reunion of the participants and director of the Academy Award nominated documentary "A Time For Burning", which was filmed in Omaha in 1966. "A Time Remembered" was an official selection to the 2009 Omaha Film Festival and was critically acclaimed for its writing and narration and the film also revealed White’s strong documentary filmmaking potential.
In January of 2009, White was a production crew member on the regional Emmy Award winning documentary "An Inaugural Ride to Freedom", a moving story about a group from Omaha that traveled by bus to see the first inauguration of President Barack Obama.
White’s next production was "The After Party-Behind the Scenes of Wigger" in 2009 which documents the making of an independent film based in Omaha titled "Wigger" which starred Anna Maria Horsford and Meshach Taylor. White also created visual effects for the movie that earned her a second IMDb listing (Vikki White).
In 2012 White published a short documentary on YouTube, "Race Riot of 1919 in Omaha-The Lynching of Will Brown" that has over 200,000 views and has been shown in schools and universities around the world. Her research of the horrific event of Brown's murder was the inspiration for White to write her first screenplay "City of Cousins".
Another popular YouTube production of White’s is "Terence Crawford-Defending A Dream" which documents the week in June of 2014 that led to the first world title defense of Omaha’s world champion boxer Terence Crawford. The video was lauded by Team Bud Crawford (TBC). White also contributed video footage to HBO that was used in the HBO documentary "Terence Crawford-My Fight".
Over the past 12 years, White has produced numerous videos for schools, universities, and non-profit organizations. She has an ongoing production of a mini-documentary series titled "Omaha History Minutes" which are one-minute videos that reveal little known stories in Omaha’s history.
Currently White is in the research phase of her first feature documentary which is about Solomon Northup Stanton, grandson of Twelve Years A Slave author Solomon Northup. Stanton is buried in Omaha’s Forest Lawn Cemetery.
“This is the stage of documentary filmmaking I love best--the research. I’m very excited to discover what brought Mr. Stanton to Omaha.”