Alison Duke

Represented by: Meaghan Denomme

Bio

Canadian Screen Award winning filmmaker Alison Duke is the Co-founder of OYA Media Group. Alison is a multi-faceted award-winning producer, director, and writer known for creating vibrant stories across various film genres. Alison started her career producing music videos for top Canadian urban talent at Raje Film House. From there Alison went on to direct the seminal cult classic documentary ‘Raisin Kane: A Rapumentary’ which won many festival awards including the HBO award at the Urbaword film festival and launched her career as a director.

In 2019 Alison produced and co-wrote ‘Mr. Jane and Finch’ (2019), a CBC POV Documentary which won two Canadian Screen Awards: The Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary and Best Documentary Writing. Alison has also directed the two-hour documentary special ‘Cool Black North’ (2019) for City TV/Rogers which has screened in over a dozen US film festivals and is now available on Apple TV.

Alison then followed with her debut short film ‘Promise Me’ (2020) which has won numerous festival awards including two Golden Sheafs – Best Director Fiction and Best-Scripted Fiction at the 2021 Yorkton film festival. Alison then went on to direct the short film ‘The Prescription’ for Obsidian Theatre’s ‘21 Black Futures’ series for CBC Gem to fantastic reviews for her creative direction.

Alison has pushed the culture forward over the years by creating impactful social justice films that have helped to build awareness on important issues and her projects have aired on multiple networks including Netflix, Superchannel, Sundance Channel, TVO, CBC, LifeNetwork, BET and Black Starz to name a few.

Since 2005 Alison has been giving back to her community by providing on-set learning opportunities for up-and-coming talent. In 2018, she kickstarted the OYA Emerging Filmmakers program, a 5-year initiative to support black youth access to the entertainment industry. ‘Being Black in Toronto’ (2020), a documentary series produced in the program won the 2021 Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Series. In 2021, Alison was named an RBC Women of Influence Awardee. She is currently in development on various projects.

Resume

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY
THE PRESCRIPTION (Short Film) DIRECTOR 2021

-Short Film for Obsidian Theatre’s ‘21 Black Futures’ series for CBC Gem

PROMISE ME (Short Film) DIRECTOR, CO-PRODUCER, CO-WRITER 2019

-Yorkton Film Festival – Golden Sheaf Award – Won – Best Direction Fiction

-Yorkton Film Festival – Golden Sheaf Award – Won -Scripted

-Social Justice Now Film Festival

-Reelworld Film Festival – Standout Writing Award Short Drama

-Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes – Finalist

-Columbus International Black Film Festival – Best Short Drama Award

-Winston M Moxam Award, Best Canadian Short at the AfroPraire Film Fest

-Bronze Lens Film Festival

COOL BLACK NORTH (Documentary) DIRECTOR 2019

-2-hour TV documentary commissioned by CityTV

-Rogers Intimate Film Festival by Rogers Women’s Network

-Denton Black Film Festival – Honourable Mention

-Now on Apple TV

CHANGING SEASONS (Documentary) DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER 2016

-1/2 Hour Documentary

-Official 150 Canada Anniversary project

CONSENT (Documentary) DIRECTOR, PRODUCER 2016

-HIV Outrage Justice Film – Australian Premier

-Pavillon Judith Jasmin Annexe (JE), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) (Montréal, Canada): December 1, 2015

-Contemporary Visual Culture (Edmonton, Canada) December 1, 2015

-November 26, 2015 – Fletcher Challenge Theatre

(Vancouver, Canada)

WOMEN ON THE MOVE (Documentary) DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER 2013

-1/2 hour documentary & 3x5min web documentaries

SEX, CRIMINILIZATION, HIV, AND THE LAW (PSA) DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, EDITOR, GRAPHIC ARTIST 2013

-4 x 5 min PSA’s

THE POSITIVE WOMEN: EXPOSING VIOLENCE (Documentary) DIRECTOR, PRODUCER 2012

-Doris McCarthy Gallery (Scarborough, Canada) October 28, 2014

-Positive Women: Exposing Injustice (PWEI)

-International AIDs Conference (Sydney, Australia), July 2014 Positive Women: Exposing Injustice (PWEI)

BATTY BOYZ REVENGE (Short Film) DIRECTOR, WRITER, EDITOR 2011

-InsideOut LGBT Film Festival

-North Carolina LGBT Film Festival

-Kingston LGBT Film Festival *nominated – Best Short

-IMAGE+Nation Film Festival *nominated – Best Short

-Rightout Film Festival *winner – Fan Fav short

THE VENT (Variety) DIRECTOR 2008

-6x 30 min Variety/Comedy Series (OUT TV)

THE WOMAN I HAVE BECOME (Documentary) DIRECTOR, PRODUCER 2007

-45 min Documentary

-UNAIDS Conference, (Geneva, Switzerland) 2009 The Woman I Have Become (TWIHB)

SKIN DEEP (Reality) DIRECTOR 2003-2005

-1/2 Hour weekly reality TV Program (Inner City Film/ Lifetime Network)

A DEATHLY SILENCE (Documentary) DIRECTOR 2003

-1 hour documentary for public television (YAP, CBC)

RAISIN’ KANE: A RAPUMENTARY DIRECTOR, WRITER 2001

-Urbanworld Film Festival *winner – HBO Award for Best Documentary

-Reel World Film Festival *winner – Best Canadian Documentary

MUSIC VIDEOS
THE TRILOGY BY MOTION

FEATURING APANI AND TARA CHASE

MONOPOLY MONEY BY CITIZEN KANE
JUST MY LUCK BY VIP

Demo Reel

See Press & Links Tab

Photo Gallery

Press & Links

DEMO REELS
Version 1: https://vimeo.com/525661161/1e6db2f0bf
Version 2: https://vimeo.com/539845161/10c9761ba1

THE PRESCRIPTION (2021)
Short Film
https://www.cbc.ca/artsprojects/21blackfutures/the-prescription

PROMISE ME (2020)
Short Film
https://vimeo.com/553148401/b4b975d105

COOL BLACK NORTH (2019)
Documentary
https://www.citytv.com/toronto/shows/cool-black-north/

CHANGING SEASONS (2016)
Documentary
https://vimeo.com/217722511

CONSENT (2016)
Documentary
https://vimeo.com/213129429

THE POSITIVE WOMEN: EXPOSING VIOLENCE (2012)
Documentary
https://vimeo.com/213142931

BATTY BOYZ REVENGE (2011)
Documentary
https://vimeo.com/213142931

RAISIN’ KANE: A RAPUMENTARY
Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljw-C8rpZE4

THE TRILOGY by Motion
Featuring Apani and Tara Chase
Music Video
https://vimeo.com/203844472

MONOPOLY by Citizen Kane
Music Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V55jRTAWuc&list=RD4V55jRTAWuc&start_radio=1&t=52s

JUST MY LUCK by VIP
Music Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yd3tG31wpw