Celebrating Black Artists and Films


Director, Writer, Camera and Electrical Department 

Howard Alk 

Editor, Cinematographer, Director

The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971).




The Black Audio Film Collective is a pioneering arts initiative founded in 1982 whose groundbreaking experimental works engaged with black popular and political culture in Britain and the black / Asian DiasporasBlack Audio Film Collective was formed by seven undergraduates in Portsmouth in 1982, and was based in Dalston, East London from 1983 to 1998. 


Director, Writer, Actress 


Writer, Director, and Editor 


Ava Marie DuVernay is an American filmmaker, director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor. She won the directing award in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first black woman to win the award. 


American television and theatre director and Artistic Director of the renowned Pasadena Playhouse. 


Director, Cinematographer, and Producer 




Director, Writer, Editor 

Hidden Memories (1977)Shipley Street (1981) 


Director, Producer, Writer 

Bush Mama (1975)Ashes & Embers (1982)Sankofa (1993) 


Director, Writer, Assistant Director 


Editor, Director, and Producer 


Director and Producer 


Producer at Quartermain Media


Actor, Director, Writer 


Producer and Assistant Director. Lecturer in the Film & Electronic Arts Department


Cinematographer, Camera and Electrical Department, Director 


Kasi Lemmons 

Actress, Director, Writer


Franklin Leonard

Producer, Actor, Writer

An Afro-Latinx filmmaker, DJ, producer and director, known for Through the Night (2020)Loira also serves as the Senior Vice President for Programs at Firelight Media, a premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight films have garnered multiple Primetime EmmysPeabodys, and Sundance Film Festival awards and they provide mentorship and support programs for emerging filmmakers of color. 


Seith Mann is a director and producer, known for Five Deep Breaths (2003)Friday Night Lights (2006) and The Breaks (2017).


Producer, Director, Writer


WriterDirector, and Producer. The first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader (1919)) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile (1931)), is not only a major figure in American film for these milestonesbut because his oeuvre is a window into the American history and psyche regarding race and its deleterious effects on individuals and society.  


Cinque Northern 

Editor, Writer, Director

My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021)Dispatches from Cleveland (2017), Soldier: A Freestyle (2012)


A two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. She is also Associate Professor of Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts. 


Director and Producer known for The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011). 


Director, Writer, Producer,  


Writer, Producer, Director

Malcolm X (1972)


Born in Haiti and raised in small town USA, Numa Perrier is an actress, writer, filmmaker, and visual artist. She produces and develops TV and film projects under her production banner House of Numa. She trained in acting under Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and Polina Klimovitskaya in NYC. 


Writer, Producer, Director

Gina won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film Love & Basketball (2000). 


Musician and Actor who recently directed the Sundance documentary Summer of Soul (2021).


Writer, Director

Dee Rees is an alumna of New York University's graduate film program and a Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow. In 2018, Dee became the first Black woman nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for her highly acclaimed film Mudbound (2017). 


Director, Producer, Writer 

Angela Robinson 

Producer, Writer, Director

Producer and writer, known for D.E.B.S. (2003) and Hung (2009). 


Sankofa Film and Video was set up in the summer of 1983 by five aspiring filmmakersIsaac JulienMartina AttilleMaureen BlackwoodNadine Marsh-Edwards and Robert CruszGraduates from various art colleges and polytechnics in London, they were part of a wave of black independent filmmakers who emerged in the 1980s, determined to tell their own stories in their own way. 


Writer, Director, Producer 


Director, Cinematographer

Black August (2007). 


Christine has developed, written and/or directed movie projects for various companies including HBO Films, Magnolia Pictures, State Street Pictures, TV One and Faith Filmworks, her own independent film company. 


A graduate of UCLA, Camille launched her filmmaking career with the short film "Sweet Potato Ride," executive produced by Bill Duke. She has sold screenplays to Sony, Universal, New Line, Fox TV and Disney studios and has worked with several prolific producers including Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Marc Platt, Stacey Snider, Todd Garner, Kevin Misher, Debra Chase and John Singleton. 


Director known for Bless Their Little Hearts (1983).