The New Black 2013
Producer/Outreach Director ·An award-winning documentary directed by Yoruba Richen that captures the complex intersection between faith, racial justice and LGBT rights. Awarded grants from ITVS, Tribeca, Ford, Arcus and Sundance. Winner of AFI Docs, Frameline & Philly Q Fest Best Documentary Audience Awards. Premiered at Los Angeles FilmFestival June 2013. Nationally broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens – June 2014 www.newblackfilm.com
Producer · Cyrus Dowlatshahi’s observational documentary about the south-side of Chicago. www.takinplacemovie.com
Real Black · 2011
Producer · Conducted 19 interviews in Greensboro, Orlando, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Montgomery, AL with “middle” Black Americans focused on what it is to be Black in America today for Breakthrough Marketing Technology and Burrell Communications
SCALE: Ending the Bush Agenda in the Media Age · 2008
Producer · Director Alexandra Juhasz, follows her sister, author and activist, Antonia Juhasz as she demonstrates a scale-shift, by quickly elevating in the media’s attention with the release of her book The Bush Agenda: Taking Over the World One Economy at a Time. http://alexandrajuhasz.com/
Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home · 2007
Producer · Andrew Nisker’s odyssey of a family of five who agrees to keep every scrap of garbage they create for three months. Nisker shows us where it all goes and how it affects the world. More than 1,000 communities have screened the film worldwide and over 200 schools, universities and colleges have bought the film. Broadcast on The Documentary Channel (CBC), Radio Canada and TVO and the Sundance Channel Festival premiere: Hot Docs International Film Festival http://andrewnisker.com
Water Front · 2007
Associate Producer · The story of the community of Highland Park, MI and their determination to fight the seemingly inevitable path to water privatization. Directed by Liz Miller http://www.waterfrontmovie.
Sisters in Cinema · 2003
Producer/Writer/Director · A documentary historical overview of the lives and the films of African American women feature film directors from the early part of the 20th century to the early part of the 21st. Screened in over 50 film festivals and venues around the world. Winner Best Documentary African Diaspora Film Festival- Audience Award. Received the inaugural St. Louis International Film Festival – Women in Film Award. Broadcast on Starz! Encore, TV-ONE www.sistersincinema.com
The Taste of Dirt · 2002
Director · AFI Directing Workshop for Women narrative short exploring issues of race and class experienced by 7-year-old African American girls on the school playground. Nationally broadcast on PBS.
That’s My Face/É Minha Cara · 2001
Co-Producer · A documentary exploring black identity in the USA, Brazil and Africa. The film follows the spiritual journey of black queer filmmaker, Thomas Allen Harris. Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival.
Stray Dogs · 2001
Producer · Set in 1958 and adapted and directed by Catherine Crouch from the award-winning stage play by Julie Jensen, Stray Dogs is a Southern gothic feature film about the last night of a bad marriage. Starring Guinevere Turner and Bill Sage. World Premiere – The New Festival – June 2001.
Stranger Inside · 2001
Associate Producer · Cheryl Dunye’s feature film, set on the campus of a state correctional facility, is the story of a young African American woman, trying to reconnect with her long-estranged mother, on the inside. World Premiere – Sundance 2001. HBO broadcast premiere June 2001.
Compensation · 1999
Associate Producer/Assistant Director · A love story between two couples set at the beginning and end of the century directed by Zeinabu irene Davis. Dramatic competition – Sundance 2000. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best first feature under $500,000. Broadcast on Sundance Channel, BET
Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100 · 1999
Producer/Writer/Director · Ruth C. Ellis was born July 23, 1899 and was thought to be the oldest known ‘out’ African American lesbian. Her story offers a rare opportunity to experience a century of our history as lived by one inspiring woman. Winner of 10 Best Documentary Awards. Screened in over 100 film festivals, conferences and venues around the world including the 2000 Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Broadcast on the Sundance Channel, KQED, WNET, WTTW, WHYY.
Split Screen · 1997 -1999
Segment Producer · Created newsmagazine segments for John Pierson’s show about independent filmmaking which aired on Bravo and the Independent Film Channel.
Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself… · 1995
Producer/Writer/Director · A witty and original autobiographical documentary about coming-to-terms with race, culture and self. My six-year stay in Taiwan transforms my understanding of what it means to be an African American and illuminates my connection with my Honduran-born grandmother. Winner: Silver Hugo – Chicago International Film Festival: Intercom. Winner: Best Film/Video on Matters Relating to the Black Experience – XIth Black International Cinema, Berlin. Nationally broadcast on PBS on POV in 1996.
Missing Relations · 1994
Producer/Writer/Director · On February 20, 1969, my mother gave birth to twin daughters. Six months later, their father “kidnapped” them. We never saw my sisters again. Missing Relations is an experimental dramatic documentary which explores loss and denial in an African American family through the story of my kidnapped twin sisters, erased from family history for 24 years. Awarded School of the Art Institute MFA Traveling Fellowship. Broadcast on PBS affiliate WTTW
The Cinematic Jazz of Julie Dash · 1992-3
Producer/Writer/Director · In this inspiring interview, Julie Dash speaks about her background, training, vision and struggle to bring Daughters of the Dust to the American movie screen. Excerpts from her award winning films, Illusions, Diary of an African Nun and Daughters of the Dust are interwoven throughout the piece to create a portrait of the artist and her
Monique (3 min., 16mm, b/w, 1991)
An autobiographical film which uses story-telling and experimental techniques to explore the shadows of my childhood memories. The bruised footage and sharp editing help to create the mood for my first painful encounter with racism.