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Dante James, Independent Filmmaker

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Dante James is an award-winning independent filmmaker of dramatic and documentary films.  He  joined the University of Dayton as adjunct faculty. He has served as the Assistant Director of the African American Cultural Center at North Carolina State University. Artist in residence at Duke University. In 2006, James won a National Emmy for his work as series producer of the critically acclaimed PBS documentary series, "Slavery and the Making of America." He is the recipient of two Washington, DC region Emmy awards. His most recent documentary “Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris jazz Story” has screened at film festivals in Paris and Biarritz, France and was awarded best documentary at the 2010 Pan African International Film Festival in Cannes, France.

He wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed dramatic short film “The Doll.” Based on a short story by Charles W. Chesnutt, "The Doll" was named best dramatic short film at the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival. In 2003, for Blackside Films in Boston, MA, he executive produced the PBS series, "This Far by Faith." His earlier work at Blackside has been honored with the DuPont Columbia Silver Baton. Dante James has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University. He was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Grand Valley State University. He served as guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He plans to return to Cape Town next year to make a film with a black South African resident of the Khayelitshia Township. Additional projects under development include a series of dramatic short films based on classic African American short stories, two independent feature films a feature documentary on Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party.

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