Graduate Institute of Film and Television, New York University
Director, Directors Guild of America (member since 1982)
Director, Film Program, Sarah Lawrence College
(2001, 56:00, 16mm; Performance-based feature documentary; Color and
Funded by the National Endowment of the Arts, a LinCS production grant
(the Independent Television Service with WQED/Pittsburgh) and the National
Black Programming Consortium; producer: Louise Diamond.
(1995; 90:00, 16mm; Performance-based feature documentary; Color and
First broadcast February 1997 on PBS as part of the Public Broadcasting's
National Program Service (core national prime time programming); world
premiered at the 1995 Mill Valley Film Festival; featuring choreographer/dancer
Anita Gonzalez, performance artist Robbie McCauley, photographer/visual
artist Carrie Mae Weems and vocalist/composer Cassandra Wilson.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Black Programming
Consortium and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Conjure Women
continues to be exhibited at film festivals and arts events here and
abroad and is currently distributed by Women Make Movies.
(1993-1995; 30:00; 16mm film and video HI8 videowall installation with
computer programming, color and B&W)
A six foot by eight foot videowall installation on the images of Black
women; world premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival (1993); also
presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theater as part
of 651's 1995 World Series arts festival and the 2002 National Black
Arts Festival, Atlanta. Inventing Herself explores such issues as African
American women and their relationships with their fathers and mothers,
sexuality, the "sapphire" and "mammy" myths, race,
class, community, responsibility to self, and definitions of heroes
and "sheroes," reflecting the dual consciousness of African
American women and the kaleidoscope of images that confront us everyday.
Funded by the Jerome Foundation, with initial support received from
Art Matters, Inc. and an Artist-In-Residency at Harvestworks/Studio
Mama's Pushcart: Ellen Stewart and 25 Years of La MaMa E.T.C.
(1988; 50:00; Video, Documentary, Color and B&W)
A documentary celebrating the life and work of MacArthur "genius"
award recipient Ellen Stewart and her off-off-Broadway La MaMa Experimental
Theater Club. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Public
Broadcasting Service, the American Film Institute's Independent Filmmaker's
Program and an Artist-In-Residency production grant at Global Village.
Mama's Pushcart has aired on PBS stations throughout the country, as
well as exhibited at film and video festivals domestically and abroad.
AWARDS AND ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCIES
Visiting Research Fellow, Wesley Center for New Media, Georgia Institute
of Technology 2002
The Rockefeller Foundation, Multi-Arts Production Fund 2000
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, "Artist As Catalyst 2000,"
Arts Residency 2000
Artist Residency, Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue, Harvard
Research Fellowship, Studio for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon
"Prized Pieces" Award, Cultural Affairs Documentary
Category, 15th Annual International Film and Video Festival 1996
Kellogg Foundation National Fellowship 1994-97
Israel Travel/Study - New Jersey Governor's Delegation 1992
Ramapo College Dean's Award 1991
Harvestworks/Studio Pass Artist-in-Residency 1989
The Funding Exchange's Women's Project Screenwriting Award 1989
National Educational Film and Video Festival, Two Golden Apple
Awards: Portraits of Individuals - Category; Social Studies - Subject
American Film and Video Festival - Festival Finalist 1989
New York Foundation for the Arts Video Fellowship 1988-89
Writers Guild of America Writing Fellowship 1988
Global Village Artist-In-Residency 1988
San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award,
Film & Video Profile Category 1986
Helena Rubenstein Award, New York University 1982