Director Demetria Royals

Demetria Royals Work List

M.F.A., 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 B&W)
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.
Conjure Women
(1995; 90:00, 16mm; Performance-based feature documentary; Color and B&W)
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.
Inventing Herself
(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 Pass, Inc.
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.

• 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 University 1999
• Research Fellowship, Studio for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon 1996-97
• "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 Area 1989
• 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