Julie Dash – Black History Month 2017 Spotlight

One of a series of short clips shared to social media in February 2017. Filmmaker Julie Dash received her highest acclaim for the 1991 film, “Daughters of the Dust”, an original story and screenplay. The film’s release marked Dash as…

Julie Dash - Black History Month 2017 Spotlight

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One of a series of short clips shared to social media in February 2017.
Filmmaker Julie Dash received her highest acclaim for the 1991 film, “Daughters of the Dust”, an original story and screenplay. The film’s release marked Dash as the first African-American woman to have a full-length general theatrical release in the US. In 1999, the 25th annual Newark Black Film Festival honored Daughters of the Dust as being one of the most important cinematic achievements in black cinema in the 20th century. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust on the National Film Registry. This distinguished film joined 400 other American-made films that are being preserved and protected as National Treasures.⠀
Dash has written and directed for CBS, BET, ENCORE STARZ, SHOWTIME, MTV Movies and HBO. She directed the multi-award winning movie The Rosa Parks Story, which earned two NAACP Image Awards, an Emmy nomination for Angela Bassett, and a DGA Best Directorial nomination. Additional films include Incognito, Funny Valentines, Love Song, and Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground. Her work as a film director includes media design for museums, a theme park pavilion for Disney’s Imagineering, and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum’s environmental theater presentation of Brothers of the Borderland. Her work includes music videos, documentary, PSA’s, industrial documentary films, and commercial spots for fortune 500 brands, i.e., Coca Cola and GMC.⠀
Dash is currently in production on a feature length documentary about Vertamae Smart Grosvenor, a world-renowned author, performer, and chef from rural South Carolina who has led a remarkably unique and complex life. The film is based upon Grosvenor’s bestselling work, Vibration Cooking: or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl.⠀

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