Twenty-four years ago, filmmaker Julie Dash broke through racial and gender boundaries with her Sundance award-winning film (Best Cinematography) Daughters of the Dust
, and she became the first African American woman to have a wide and general theatrical release of her feature film. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust
in the National Film Registry where it joins a select group of American films preserved and protected as national treasures; Dash is the only African American woman with a feature film inducted into the National Film Registry. Dash has written and directed for CBS, BET, ENCORE STARZ, SHOWTIME, MTV Movies, and HBO; winning two NAACP Images Awards, and a Director’s Guild of America nomination for The Rosa Parks Story
, which Angela Bassett received an Emmy nomination for her starring role. Dash’s other films include Incognito
, Funny Valentines
, Love Song
, and Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground
. Julie Dash is the Distinguished Professor of Cinema, Television and Emerging Media (CTEMS) at Morehouse College.