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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Filmmaker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
French Fries
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Greece
Favorite Quote:
A Man's Reach Should Exceed His Grasp.

Birthplace

Born:
7/14/1961
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Filmmaker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
French Fries
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Greece
Favorite Quote:
A Man's Reach Should Exceed His Grasp.

Birthplace

Born:
7/14/1961
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Filmmaker Shari Carpenter was born on July 14, 1961 in Washington, D.C. She is one of the first African American script supervisors to join the film union Local 161. Her mother, Vivian Carpenter, was a homemaker and her father, Horace Carpenter, was an aspiring artist. As a child, Carpenter was a natural storyteller and wrote several short stories. The 1970s blaxploitation era films also inspired her. She received her diploma from McKinley High School in 1979 and her B.F.A. degree from New York University in 1984.

Carpenter’s career began in 1990 when she became the script supervisor on Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. She has worked on most of his films since then including Malcolm X in 1992 and Inside Man in 2005. As a filmmaker she has written and directed several short films including The Assistant and Since Lisa, which won several awards including Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and the Black American Cinema Society Awards. Her films were selected to appear on BET Jazz’s The Best Shorts. Carpenter’s debut feature film, Kali’s Vibe, won the Jury Award and the Audience Award for Best Feature in 2002 at the Denver Pan African Film Festival. It was also nominated for the first annual Gordon Parks Award and won the Martha’s Flavor Fest Screenplay Competition.

Carpenter has received grants from the Eastman Fund as well as the New York State Council for the Arts. She has appeared as a panelist on the Black Filmmakers in the Director’s Chair Africana.com Roundtable. She also teaches several seminars on directing actors, screenwriting and script supervision. In 2004, she won the Oregon Writers Colony fiction award for her short story, Ashes. Carpenter currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Shari Carpenter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 31, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Shari Carpenter's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Shari Carpenter lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Shari Carpenter describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Shari Carpenter describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Shari Carpenter describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Shari Carpenter describes her neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Shari Carpenter describes her father's involvement with the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Shari Carpenter recalls discrimination within her African American neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Shari Carpenter describes St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Shari Carpenter remembers family holidays during her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Shari Carpenter recalls her early awareness of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Shari Carpenter describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Shari Carpenter describes her parents' professions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Shari Carpenter describes her experiences at Jessie LaSalle Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Shari Carpenter recalls her influences in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Shari Carpenter describes her experiences at Bertie Backus Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Shari Carpenter describes her high schools in Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Shari Carpenter remembers the movies that influenced her in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Shari Carpenter describes her decision to attend New York University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Shari Carpenter describes her experiences at New York University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Shari Carpenter remembers the theater program at New York University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Shari Carpenter describes her appearance while attending New York University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Shari Carpenter describes her work at John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Shari Carpenter remembers how she came to work for Spike Lee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Shari Carpenter recalls the impact of 'School Daze' on her career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Shari Carpenter describes her first short film, 'Too Much Stuff'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Shari Carpenter remembers working on Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Shari Carpenter describes her work on 'Mo' Better Blues,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Shari Carpenter describes her work on 'Mo' Better Blues,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Shari Carpenter reflects upon the portrayal of African Americans in film
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Shari Carpenter describes her second short film, 'Since Lisa'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Shari Carpenter describes her early work as script supervisor for Spike Lee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Shari Carpenter remembers working on Spike Lee's 'Malcolm X'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Shari Carpenter describes her mentors in the film industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Shari Carpenter describes her short film, 'Since Lisa'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Shari Carpenter describes her short film, 'Kali's Vibe'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Shari Carpenter talks about black female film directors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Shari Carpenter talks about her mentors in the film industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Shari Carpenter reflects upon her role on 'The Fort of Saint Washington'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Shari Carpenter describes the different styles of filmmaking
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Shari Carpenter describes Spike Lee's film, 'Inside Man'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Shari Carpenter talks about the ABC Writers Development Program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Shari Carpenter describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Shari Carpenter talks about the black female directors she admires
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Shari Carpenter describes her hopes for the African American film community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Shari Carpenter talks about her family's support
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Shari Carpenter reflects upon her life