Sunday, February 11, 2018

28 Black Women Horror Filmmakers: Nikyatu Jusu


Having garnered an MFA from NYU's Tisch Graduate Film school, Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu's short films have played at numerous festivals. She is nationally and internationally known for being awarded NYU’s prestigious Spike Lee Fellowship Award, the Princess Grace Narrative film grant and Director’s Guild of America Honorable Mentions, Rooftop Films / Adrienne Shelly Foundation Short Film Grant and more. Three of her shorts were acquired by and aired on HBO, her most recent being Flowers which she co-wrote and co-directed. Nikyatu's feature screenplay, Free The Town was one of 12 projects invited to participate in Sundance Institute’s inaugural Diverse Writers Workshop. Additionally, Free The Town was hand selected for Africa’s most prestigious Film Market, the 2013 Durban Film Mart and one of 5 narrative films selected for Film Independent's Fast Track. With her recent win of the Tribeca Film Institute and Chanel funded initiative Through Her Lens, Nikyatu is in pre-production on her narrative film Suicide By Sunlight(Source)


Say Grace Before Drowning (2010)
Black Swan Theory (2011)
Flowers (2015)


concept teaser

Suicide By Sunlight 

"Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is introduced to her estranged twin daughters."

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