Zeinabu irene Davis
|Zeinabu irene Davis|
Davis at the University of California, San Diego, 2010
April 13, 1961 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brown University, University of California, Los Angeles|
|Occupation||Director, producer, professor|
|Spouse(s)||Marc Arthur Chéry|
Zeinabu irene Davis is an African-American filmmaker and professor of the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. Her works in film include narrative, documentary and experimental film.
Education and career
Davis studied at Brown University and received a master of fine arts in film and video production from UCLA in 1989. She has received numerous grants and fellowships from such sources as the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Film Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts. She taught at several colleges.
As a filmmaker, her films have been categorized as belonging to the genre of Black feminism. According to film scholar Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Davis believes that black filmmakers are "developing a new genre that constitutes a black aesthetic".
Her film Compensation won the Gordon Parks Directing Award from the Independent Feature Project in New York. It was also screened at the Sundance Festival in 2002. It tells a parallel story of two deaf black women, one at the turn of the century and one in the later 20th century.
|1983||Recreating Black Women's Media Image||Director|
|1986||Sweet Bird of Youth||Director|
|1987||Canta For Our Sisters||Director|
|1991||Period Piece, AA Period Piece||Director|
|1991||Powerful Thang, AA Powerful Thang||Director, Producer|
|1995||Mother of the River||Director|
|2005||Las Abuelas - Latina Grandmothers Explain the World and Other Stories of Faith||Co-director, Producer|
|2005||Trumpetistically, Clora Bryant||Director, Producer|
|2008||Delta Children: Future of the Blues||Co-director|
|2010||Momentum: A Conversation with Black Women on Achieving Graduate Degrees||Director|
|2010||Co-motion: Tales of Breastfeeding Woman||Director|
|2015||Spirits of Rebellion: Black Film at UCLA||Director||Screened as a work-in-progress in 2011|
- University of California, San Diego, Department of Communication.
- Ogunleye, Foluke (2007). "Transcending the "Dust": African American Filmmakers Preserving the "Glimpse of the Eternal"". College Literature. 34 (1): 156–173. doi:10.1353/lit.2007.0008.
- "Zeinabu irene Davis". Women Make Movies.
- Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, 1995, Greenwood Press, Westport (CT) & London, Women Film Directors: An International Bio-Critical Dictionary, Retrieved December 15, 2014, see page(s): 103
- Lyman, Rick (4 February 2000). "At the movies". New York Times. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
- "Compensation". Sundance Festival.
- "Spirits of Rebellion: Black Film at UCLA (2011)". L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema. UCLA Film & Television Archive. Retrieved 2011-10-02.