Director BIO: Jamal Joseph (WE THE CHILDREN)

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A former Black Panther Party leader, today Jamal Joseph is a full Professor of Professional Practice and former chair of Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. He is the Executive Artistic Director of New Heritage Films and the founder of the acclaimed Impact Repertory Theater. He is an alumnus of the Sundance Directing Lab. He serves on the advisory boards of the Tribeca Film Institute and the Maysles Film Institute. His directing credits include “Drive By: A Love Story” and “Da Zone” for Black Starz , “Hip Hop In the Promised Land” for Comedy Central and “Hughes Dream Harlem” for PBS. His writing credits include “Knights of The South Bronx” for A & E, “The Many Trials of Tammy B” for Nickelodeon, and “Ali: An American Hero” for FOX. Jamal is the author of “Tupac Legacy” (Atria Books) and “Panther Baby” his memoir (Algonquin Books.) His awards include a Cine Golden Eagle, a National Black program Consortium Prized Pieces Award, a Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a best song Academy Award Nomination for his work with Impact in the film “August Rush.”

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