Yoruba Richen

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Yoruba Richen
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Richen in 2012
Born 1972
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Director, screenwriter, producer

Yoruba Richen (born 1972) is a film director, screenwriter and producer.[1] She produced and directed The New Black (2013), which won the audience award at AFI Docs, Frameline Film Festival and Philly Q Fest. It also won best documentary at Urbanworld Film Festival. The New Black was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.[2] She is director of the documentary program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Her film Promised Land, received a Diverse Voices Co-Production fund award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and was broadcast on PBS’s POV in 2010. In 2007, she won a Fulbright award in filmmaking and traveled to Brazil, where she began production on Sisters of the Good Death, a documentary about the oldest African women's association in the Americas and the annual festival they hold celebrating the end of slavery.

She has received numerous other grants including from ITVS, the Sundance Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and the Ford Foundation. She won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca All Access program for emerging filmmakers[3] and was also a Sundance producers fellow. In 2014 she was a featured TED Speaker and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Background[edit]

Richen is a graduate of Brown University, and lived in San Francisco for a time before moving back to New York City, where she worked for ABC News as an associate producer for the investigative unit of ABC News as well as a producer for the independent news program Democracy Now!

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Co-producer Other
2001 Take It From Me Yes
2004 Brother to Brother Associate producer
2009 Promised Land Yes Yes
2013 The New Black Yes Yes Co-writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yoruba Richen". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation website. Archived from the original on April 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Yoruba Richen's 'The New Black' Wins Audience Award at AFI Docs". The Hollywood Reporter. June 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "About Tribeca All Access". Tribeca Film Institute website. 

External links[edit]

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