About Jackie

 

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I
am
one part
dreamer,
one part
investigator.
This combination makes the perfect cocktail for a writer/director like myself. The moment I see you I am trying to unlock your biography, lock down your idiosyncrasies, discover what might be your life's most fervent desires.  
I always say I was born a writer and trained to be a  filmmaker. I came to filmmaking via creative writing and studied directing at New York University's Tisch School of The Arts.  I am drawn to visually dynamic storytelling, and I have a penchant for delivering poetic and precise work. 
My narrative work has won various awards and grants including:  The BET Best Short Award at BronzeLens International Film Festival for Burning Angel Dust, Best Short at The Harlem International Film Festival for If I Leap, Best Director at Diversity in Cannes for Intercept,  the Jerome Foundation Filmmaker Grant (2009 and 2014), New York State Council of the Arts (2009), Warner Brothers Production Grant, Vague Production Grant,  Kodak Production Awards, the Fotokem Post Production Grant among others.  Recently, I made history by having two films nominated for the HBO Short Film Award at Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival in 2017 and was an AICP finalist for my spec commercial work.  
My films have screened at numerous festivals including the American Black Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, LA Film Festival Project Involve Showcase, Bermuda International Film Festival, Tallahassee International Film Festival, Durango International Film Festival, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival,  Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner, Black Star International Film Festival, Bronzelens International Film Festival,  Afrikana Film Festival, Gary International Film Festival, Diversity in Cannes, California African American Museum, HBO Network, among others.  I was both a screenwriting finalist for the Sundance Institute and the Nickelodeon fellowship.  I was a Project Involve Directing Fellow 2012-2013 and now serves as CEO and Chief Content Creator of Enchant TV, a digital network.