Alison Duke

Represented by: Meaghan Denomme

Bio

Alison Duke, Co-founder of OYA Media Group, is a multifaceted Canadian Screen award-winning talent.

Recently, Alison produced and co-wrote Mr. Jane and Finch, the CBC POV television documentary about Winston LaRose, an 80-year-old activist named. The film won two 2020 Canadian Screen Awards – The Donald Brittain Award for best social-political documentary and best documentary writing. The same year Alison directed Cool Black North, a 2-hour television documentary special for City TV, which went on to screen in over a dozen US film festivals and is now available on Rogers on Demand and Apple TV.

Alison made her dramatic debut with the powerful short film Promise Me, which has now been screened at over 30 festivals and earned numerous awards, including two Golden Sheafs for best direction and best-scripted for fiction in the 2021 Yorkton film festival. She then directed The Prescription episode for Obsidian Theater’s 21 Black Futures series on CBC Gem to fantastic reviews.

In 2021, Alison helmed a Heritage Minute spot for Historica Canada about Chloe Cooley, which has gone viral since premiering in February 2022. In doing so, she became the first Black woman to direct a Heritage Minute.

Alison just completed executive producing Blue Ant Media’s 3-part docu-series Evil By Design: Surviving Nygard for CBC Docs. She’s currently directing a feature music doc Bam Bam:the Story of Sister Nancy for CRAVE. Over her career, she has produced and directed works that have also aired on numerous networks and streaming services such as Netflix, ITVS, Sundance Channel, Superchannel, BET, Much Music, and TVO.

Always one to give back, she co-founded the OYA Emerging Filmmakers program, a 5-year initiative to accelerate the careers of Black youth who are graduates of post-secondary film, video and digital media programs in the Canadian entertainment industry. Being Black in Toronto, a series produced in this programwon the 2021 Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Series.

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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

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