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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Filmmaker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Shrimp, Crab
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Tahiti
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/22/1952
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Filmmaker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Shrimp, Crab
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Tahiti
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/22/1952
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Writer, producer, and director Julie Ethel Dash was born on October 22, 1952, in Manhattan, New York, to Rhudine Henderson and Charles Edward Dash. After graduating from Jamaica High School, Dash received her B.A. degree in film production from City Colleges of New York in 1974, and her M.F.A. degree in film and television at the University of California Los Angeles. Prior to receiving her M.F.A. degree, Dash was a two year Conservatory Fellow (Producing/Writing) at the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies.

Dash began her study of film in 1969 at the Studio Museum of Harlem’s Cinematography Workshop, with a special interest in foreign film. She was then accepted into film school at the Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts, where she wrote and produced a promotional documentary for the New York Urban Coalition called Working Models for Success. After Dash graduated, she moved to Los Angeles and attended the Center for Advanced Film Studies and the American Film Institute. In 1975, Dash directed Four Women, a “choreopoem” based on the song of the same title by singer Nina Simone. In 1977, Dash directed the film, Diary of an African Nun, which was shown at the Los Angeles Film Exposition and won her a Director’s Guild Award for student filmmaking.

In 1983, Dash directed Illusions, a short film about a young African American woman passing for a white executive assistant in 1940s Hollywood. The film won her the 1989 Jury’s prize for Best Film of the Decade by the Black Filmmaker Foundation.

Dash received her highest acclaim for the 1991 film, Daughters of the Dust, an original story and screenplay. The release of the film marked Dash as the first African American woman to have a full-length general theatrical release in the United States. In 1999, the 25th annual Newark Black Film Festival honored Daughters of the Dust as being one of the most important cinematic achievements in black cinema in the 20th century. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust on the National Film Registry. This distinguished film joined 400 other American-made films that are being preserved and protected as National Treasures.

Dash's novel, Daughters of the Dust was published by Dutton Books in 1997. The novel is the continuing story of the Peazant family from the movie, and Dash wanted to have the novel titled Geechee Recollections. When going to press, however, the publisher chose to go with the well-known title from the original movie.

Dash has directed music videos, television commercial spots, shorts, and long form movies for cable and network television including the NAACP award-winning CBS network television movie, The Rosa Parks Story, Funny Valentines, Love Song, Incognito and “Sax Cantor Riff,” a segment of HBO’s SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground. She has directed music videos for music artists including Raphael Saadiq; Tony, Toni, Tone; Keb ‘Mo; Peabo Bryson; Adriana Evans; Sweet Honey in the Rock; and Tracey Chapman’s “Give Me One More Reason”.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Julie Dash describes her father's family background, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Julie Dash talks about her paternal ancestors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Julie Dash remembers her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Julie Dash describes the Dash family plot in Charleston's Humane and Friendly Society Cemetery
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Julie Dash lists her father's siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Julie Dash describes her childhood neighborhood in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Julie Dash describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Julie Dash describes her mother's childhood in Union, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Julie Dash recalls her parents' employment upon arriving in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Julie Dash talks about her older sister, Charlene Dash
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Julie Dash describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Julie Dash describes her grade school education in New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Julie Dash remembers how she became interested in filmmaking
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Julie Dash describes her early interest in foreign films
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Julie Dash remembers her instructors at the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Julie Dash recalls learning to make films at the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Julie Dash recalls her early documentary film subjects in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Julie Dash recalls her early filmmaking inspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Julie Dash recalls her time in City College of New York's film program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Julie Dash describes the rigor of City College of New York's film program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Julie Dash remembers the limitations on her work at City College of New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Julie Dash describes her film studies in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Julie Dash remembers her early film projects
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Julie Dash talks about showing her films internationally
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Julie Dash recalls her instructors' discouragement at the Center for Advanced Film Studies at Greystone
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Julie Dash remembers changing her career aspiration to filmmaking
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Julie Dash reflects upon her education as a filmmaker
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Julie Dash describes her short film, 'Four Women'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Julie Dash talks about directing Hollywood films
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Julie Dash recalls American Playhouse's decision to produce 'Daughters of the Dust'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Julie Dash recalls her intention to shoot 'Daughters of the Dust' as a silent film
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Julie Dash reflects upon the creation of her film 'Daughters of the Dust'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Julie Dash talks about the reception of her film, 'Daughters of the Dust'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Julie Dash talks about directing 'Subway Stories'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Julie Dash shares her opinion of the Hollywood film industry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Julie Dash shares her opinion of the Hollywood film industry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Julie Dash talks about her desire to assist emerging filmmakers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Julie Dash describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Julie Dash talks about the importance of independent filmmaking