A write-up from the Duke Arts Journal about the beginning of my work in the MFA|EDA program.
Darius Clark Monroe is an award‐winning filmmaker and MFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He’s a National Board of Review recipient and UrbanWorld Best Screenplay award recipient. His films have aired on HBO and Independent Lens. Most recently, he was selected to the prestigious Screenwriters Colony, and chosen as a fellow at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive.
Monroe’s feature 2014 debut, Evolution of a Criminal had its World Premiered at SXSW, won the Audience and Jury Awards at Full Frame and aired on Independent Lens in January 2015. Monroe has received fellowships and grant support from Austin Film Society, Tribeca Film Institute, Charles and Lucille King Fellowship, Spike Lee Fellowship, Warner Bros, Cinereach, IFP, IDFA, DCTV, and the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund. He was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and “10 Filmmakers to Watch” from The Independent.
blair dorosh-walther identifies as gender non-conforming and uses both male and female pronouns, is a social issue documentary director, producer and artist with a passion for inspiring action for social justice through media. blair graduated with a BFA in Film from NYU’s Tish School of the Arts where dorosh-walther was awarded the Adam Balsano Award for social significance in documentary filmmaking. Out in the Night had its international premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival June 2014 and has since been in over 100 film festivals. It was awarded the Joyce Warshow Fund from Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a Special Jury Prize for Courage in Storytelling and Best Documentary – Audience Award from ImageOut Rochester, the Grand Jury Award and Audience Award at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Favorite Documentary at ReelQ Pittsburgh International LGBT Film Festival, the Jury Award at the ARC Queer People of Color Film Festival, the Audience Award for Documentary Feature at the New Orleans Film Festival, the Audience Award and Jury Award for Best Documentary at Image-Nation Montreal LGBT Festival and the Audience Award from the Baltimore International Black Film Festival. Out In The Night also partnered with the United Nations’ Free and Equal Campaign to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide and kicked off the 2015-2016 season of POV on June 22nd with an unprecedented simultaneous broadcast on the Logo Network.
Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich is a documentarian who has completed projects in Kingston, Jamaica, Miami, Florida and extensively in the five boroughs of New York City. Her work has been featured in Studio Museum’s Studio Magazine, ARC Magazine, BOMBLOG, and Guernica Magazine, Small Axe journal among others.
She is the recipient of a 2014 Princess Grace Award and has received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as well as National Black Programming Consortium. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Miami and London. Madeleine has a degree in Film and Photography from Hampshire College and has an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. Her work explores themes of physicality, violence, and identity within urban space.