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 WORKS:  
Title: The Prescription (2021)
Role: Director
Descriptions: Short Film
Production: Obsidian Theatre’s ‘21 
Black Futures’ series for CBC Gem
•https://www.cbc.ca/artsprojects/21blackfutures/the-prescriptionTitle: Promise Me (2020)
Role: Writer/Director
Description: 1⁄2 hour drama
Production: Oya Media GroupTitle: Mr Jane and Finch (2019)
Role: Co- Writer/Co-Producer Description: TV hour independent documentary 
Production: Oya Media Group/CBCDocs POV
Platform: CBC Gem, Facebook, YouTube
•https://gem.cbc.ca/media/cbc-docs-pov/season-2/episode-13/38e815a-010710e4462 

Title: Cool Black North (2019)
Role: Director
Description: 2-hour TV special
Production: Maple Rock Media/Rogers/City TV
Platform: CityTV / ROD
• https://www.citytv.com/toronto/shows/cool-black-north/

 

Title: Changing Seasons (2016)
Role: Director/writer/producer
Description: 1⁄2 hr documentary
Production: Goldelox

 

Title: The Akua Benjamin Legacy Film Project (2016)
Role: Executive Producer/Researcher
Description: short documentary series (5 films)
Production: Goldelox Production/Ryerson University
Platform: Online Ed Portal, Vimeo
• https://www.oyamediagroup.com/commissioned-work/akua-benjamin-legacy-project

 

Title: Consent (2015)
Role: Director/Producer
Description: 1⁄2-hour documentary
Production: The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network/Ontario Gov.

 

Title: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photography and the emergence of a people (2014)
Role: Canadian Producer
Description: Feature Arts and Culture Documentary
Production: Chimpanzee Production/PBS/ITVS
Platform: Kanopy
https://www.kanopy.com/product/through-lens-darkly-black-photographers-an

 

Title: Sex, Criminalization, HIV and the Law (2013)
Role: Producer/Director/Editor/Graphic Artist
Description/genre of artistic work: 4 X 5mins PSAs (version French & English)
Production: The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network/Goldelox

 

Title: Women on the Move (2013)
Role: Writer/Director/Producer
Description: 35 min Doc & 3 x 5mins web docs
Production Company: The Redwood: safe haven for abused women and their children

 

Title: The Reel West Side Story (2013)
Role: Writer (Treatment)
Description: 6 X 1 hour scripted reality series
Production: Marble Media/ Valerie ConnellyTitle: Positive Women: exposing violence (2012)
Role: Producer/Director
Description of work: 45 min Documentary
Production: Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network/GoldeloxTitle: A Love Supreme (2011)
Role: Producer
Description of work: 20 min Short
Production: Bruce McDonald/Shadow Shows 

Title: My Joan of Arc aka Ma Jeanne d’Arc (2011)
Role: Associate Producer
Description: Feature Documentary
Production: Bruce McDonald/Dany Chiasson/Shadow Shows

 

Title: The Batty Boy’s Revenge (2010) 

Role: Director/Writer/Editor

Description: Music Video

Production: Human Positive Records/Goldelox

 

Title: Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home (2008)

Role: Producer

Description: Feature Documentary

Production: Take Action Films/TVO/CBC

Platform: YouTube, Google Play (Pay Per View)

• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDg0q462tq8

 

Title: The Vent (2008) 

Role: Director

Description: Variety/Comedy Series, 6 X 30mins

Production: A Sweet little Production/Out TV

 

Title: The Woman I Have Become (2007) 

Role: Director /Writer

Description: 45 minute Documentary

Production Partners: Women’s Health in Women’s Hand CHC

 

Title: Traditions and Transitions (2007)

Role: Director/Writer

Description: 1⁄2 hr Documentary

Production: Women’s Intercultural Network/Status of Women/Goldelox

 

Title: Skin Deep (2003-2005) 

Role: Field Director

Description: 1⁄2 hour weekly Reality TV program

Production: Inner City Films/Life Network

 

Title: A Deathly Silence (2003) 

Role: Director

Description: 1-hour documentary for public television network

Production: YAP/Elliot Halpern/ Nataline Rodrigues/CBC Witness and Newsworld

 

Title: Sex TV: the series, (2001-2003) 

Role: Segment Producer

Description 1⁄2 -hour weekly Documentary series

Production: CHUM Television

 

SELECTED SCREENINGS & EXHIBITIONS:
2020 

Festival du Nouveux Cinema, QB, Canada – Promise Me DC Black Film Festival, DC, USA – Cool Black North 

International PanAfrican Black Film Festival du Cannes, Cannes, France selected –Promise Me 

Short Film Factory – Promise Me 

Columbus Black Film Festival Columbus USA – Promise Me BronzeLens Film Festival Atlanta, GA selected–Promise Me 

Las Vegas Black Film Festival Las Vegas, USA, Aug.t 6 – Promise Me Charlotte Black Film Festival Charlotte, NC June 23 (Cool Black North) Morehouse College Human Rights Film Fest., Atlanta, GA, Feb 26 (MJNF) Afro Prairie Film Festival Winnipeg, MB, Feb. 23 –Promise Me Nunavut Black Historical Society Nunavut (MJNF)

 

2019 

Montreal Black Film Festival, Montreal, QC, Aug 29, Being Black in Toronto (BBIT)

Rogers Inclusive Film Festival Ottawa, ON Rogers Network – Sept. 19 – Cool Black North (CBN)

Bronze Lens Atlanta Film Festival Atlanta, GA Aug 24 (MrJnF) Black Star Philadelphia, PA – Aug. 2 (MJNF) 

Yorkton Film Festival Yorkton, SA May 25, (MrJnF)

CBCDocs POV – Television Premiere – Feb. 23 (MJNF) 

Toronto Black Film Festival Toronto, ON Feb. 23 – Mr. Jane and Finch (MrJnF)

 

2016 

Caribbean Tales Film Festival – Royal Cinema, Toronto, ON Sept. 19 The Akua Benjamin Legacy Project: celebrating 50 years of black activism in Canada (TABLP) Winner – Best Canadian Presentation Eastern Edge Gallery, New-Found-Land Group exhibition St. John’s, NFLD Reflections of Wata (RAW) 

Ryerson University (Toronto, ON) Feb. 9 (TABLP) 

Cooper Union Frederick P. Rose Auditorium. (New York, NYC) June 6 (Consent) 

Artspace (Peterborough, ON) June 1(Consent) 

University of Alabama HIV is not a Crime Conference (Huntsville, AB) May 17(Consent) 

Dreamland Art Studio (Buffalo, NY) March 25 (Consent) 

Cinema de Sève Concordia University (Montréal, QC) Feb 18,(Consent) 

St Paul’s University (Ottawa, ON) Feb 17 (Consent) 

Eckhardt Gramatte Hall (Winnipeg. MB) Jan 28 (Consent) 2015 Pavillon Judith Jasmin Annexe (JE), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) (Montréal, QC): Dec 1(Consent) 

Contemporary Visual Culture (Edmonton, AB) Dec (Consent) HIV Outrage Justice Film Festival (Melbourne, Australia) Nov 28 (Consent) 

Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, ON) Nov 26 Fletcher Challenge Theatre (Vancouver, Canada) Oct 22 (Consent) Open House African Canadian artist group exhibition (Toronto, ON) Sept 6-13th, (Fisha-man – photographic installation)

 

2014 

Doris McCarthy Gallery Scarborough, ON Oct 28 (PWEI) International AIDS Conference Sydney, Australia, July Positive Women: Exposing Injustice (PWEI) 

Inside Out (Toronto, ON) June Through a Lens Darkly (TALD) Museum of Modern Art (NYC, USA) Feb 28 (TALD) 

PBS (USA) Television Premiere Feb 16 (TALD) 

Santa Barbara Film Festival (Santa Barbara, CA) Feb 4 (TALD) Berlin Film Festival (Berlin, Germany) Feb (TALD) 

Sundance (Park City, USA) Jan 17 Digital Diaspora TALD digital platform)

2013 

Landmark EC Street Cinema, (Washington, USA) Dec(PWEI) ETR TV (Greece) Dec (PWEI) 

PWN Co, (Denver, CO) Oct (PWEI) 

PWN New Orleans (New Orleans, USA) Sept (PWEI) 

Roxie Theatre, (San Francisco, CA) Sept (PWEI) 

Broadway Cares, (NYC,New York) March (PWEI) 

Isabel Bader Theatre, World Premiere (Toronto, ON )March – Women on the Move (WOTM) 

York University, “Social Action for Social Change” School of Social Work (Toronto, ON) Jan (PWEI) 

College Boreal, (Toronto, ON) Jan (PWEI) 

Alberta Community Council on HIV/AIDS, “Social Action for Social Change” School of Social Work (Toronto, ON) Jan 2013 (PWEI)

 

2012 

World AIDS Day, AIDS Network Kootenay, (Vancouver, BC) Dec (PWEI) CANAC Western Canadian HIV Nursing Symposium ACIIS, Hosted by 3rd All Nations Hope AIDS (PWEI) 

Network and HIV/HCV Nursing Education (Regina, AB) Nov (PWEI) University of Concordia, COCQ-SIDA (Montreal, QC) Nov (PWEI) 

University of New Brunswick St. Johns, Institute of Urban Studies Co-sponsored with OAHAS and the HIV/AIDS Regional Services (St. John, NFLD) Nov (PWEI) 

OHTN Research Conference, (Toronto ON) Nov (PWEI) 

Queen’s University, Feminist Law Students’ Ass, (Kingston, ON) Oct (PWEI) Tiff Bell Lightbox, (Toronto, ON) Sept My Joan of Arc (MJOA) XIX International AIDS Conference, Canada Exhibit (Washington, DC, July (PWEI) 

Signy & Cléophée Eaton Theatre, ROM (Toronto. Canada) (PWEI) Annual CANAC Conference, (Victoria BC), May (PWEI) 

Université de Montréal, Les femmes, le VIH et l’injustice du droit” Salon des professeurs, Pavillon Maximilien-Caron, Faculté de droit (Montreal, QC) March (PWEI) 

Canadian AIDS Institute, (Ottawa, ON) Feb (PWEI) 

Rainbow Health Ontario National Conference, (Ottawa, ON) March In Search of a Word (ISOFAW) 

Ryerson University, “Centre for Research in Critical Social in Action” (Toronto, ON) Oct (ISOFAW) 

Jackman Hall, AGO, LIFT 30th Anniversary (Toronto, ON) Jan (ISOFAW) Caribbean Tales Film Festival (Toronto, ON) Batty Boys Revenge (BBR)

 

2011 

North Carolina LGBT Film Festival, (Durham, NC) (BBR) 

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, (Amsterdam, Holland) Nov (MJOA) 

Tiff Bell Lightbox, Wedge Gallery Presents (Toronto, ON)(BBR) Cinefranco Film Festival World Premiere, (Toronto, ON) April (MJOA)2010 

Kingston LGBT Film Festival, (Toronto, ON) (BBR) 

Regent Park Film Festival, (Toronto, ON)(BBR) IMAGE+ nation, (Montreal, QC) (BBR) 

Inside OUT Film Festival, (Toronto, ON) (BBR) AGO, (Toronto, ON)(BBR)

 

2009 

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

CINEMAMBIENTE Environment Fest, (Italy) Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home (GTRSAH) 

DOCSDF International Documentary Film Festival, (Mexico(GTRSAH) Pepena Film Festival, (Mexico) (GTRSAH) 

Guangzhou GZ Doc Film Festival, (China) (GTRSAH) 

EcoKnights Environmental Film Festival, (Malaysia)(GTRSAH) Gimli Film Festival, (AB, MB) (GTRSAH) 

New Kingston Film Festival, (Kingston, ON) (GTRSAH) 

United Nations Association Film Festival, (Palo Alto, USA) (GTRSAH)

 

AWARDS & HONOURS:

Being Black in Toronto 

2021 Canadian Screen Award: Best Direction in a documentary Series (OYA Emerging Filmmakers Program Participants)

Mr Jane and Finch 

2020 Canadian Screen Award Winner: Donald Brittain best social political documentary award

2020 Canadian Screen Award Winner: best documentary Writing 2020 Canadian Cinema Editors Awards Nomination: Best Short Documentary Editing 2019 Yorkton FIlm Festival Nomination: Golden Sheaf Award

Promise Me 

2021 Yorkton Film Festival – Winner- Directing Fiction 2021 Yorkton Film Festival – Winner – Scripted

2021Yorkton Film Festival – Nomination Golden Sheaf Award 2020 Columbus Black Film Festival – Best Short Film 2020 Int. PanAfrican Black Film Festival du Cannes Finalist 2020 AfroPrairie Winston W. Moxam Award – Best Canadian Short 2020 Short Film Factory – Best Short Winner

Personal recognition 

2019 ByBlacks 2019 People’s Choice Award: Film Director 2019 WIFT-T Crystal Award winner Mentorship

The Akua Benjamin Legacy Project 

2016 Caribbean Tales Film Festival – Series Best Canadian Doc

Through A Lens Darkly 

2016 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Arts and Culture documentary

2015 NAACP Image Award Winner – Outstanding Documentary, 10th Annual African Academy Awards Best Diaspora Documentary,

2015 American Library Association Awards, Notable Videos for Adults,

2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Batty Boyz Revenge 

2013 Right OUT TV Fan Fave

Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home 

2009 CINEMAMBIENTE, Special Mention

2009 Göteborg International Film Fest Best Doc Award VII URBAN-TV International Television Fest Special Award

Sisters in Cinema 

2004 Denver Pan African Film Fest, Renaissance Award 2004 African Diaspora Film Fest, Audience Award 2004 Philadelphia GLBT Film Fest, Best Doc Award,

Raisin’ Kane: a rapumentary

2001 Urbanworld Film Festival, HBO Award for Best Doc 2001 Reel World Film Festival, Best Canadian Doc

 

DISTRIBUTION PLATFORMS:

Mr.Jane and Finch (digital extras) Archiving Mr.LaRose – on CBC Gem https://cbcgem.app/j3gpnn8DhMi7Ggi76

https://m.facebook.com/MrJaneandFinch/videos/?ref=m_notif&mt_nav=0 https://youtu.be/L3HePuNERD8

Cool Black North (Rogers on Demand)

https://www.citytv.com/toronto/shows/cool-black-north/

Akua Benjamin Legacy Project (educational portal) Ryerson University https://vimeo.com/showcase/4649895

Through the Lens Darkly: Black photography and the emergence of a people (2014) 

https://www.kanopy.com/product/through-lens-darkly-black-photographers-an

Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home (2007) pay per view – https://www.videoproject.org/Garbage-The-Revolution-Starts-at-Home.html#:~:text=Site%2 0License)%20%2D%20%24249-,Garbage!,environmental%20predators%20of%20our%20ti me.

https://play.google.com/store/movies/details?id=fyYwBxT9Ip0

 

EDUCATION: 

Masters of Fine Arts, York University Completed Master of Fine Arts in film production in 2020 Thesis film and paper, SSHRC Academic Graduate Scholarship Award Crocker–Hunkin Graduate Scholarship

Nominated for Presidents Faculty of Graduate Studies Award

Masters of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor

Completed a Masters degree in Kinesiology in 1991

Specialized in biomechanics, ergonomic, physiology.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: 

Directors Guild of Canada (DGC)

Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT-T)

Documentary Organization of Ontario (DOC)

 

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OYA MEDIA GROUP:
https://www.oyamediagroup.com/

MR. JANE AND FINCH (2019)
Documentary
https://gem.cbc.ca/media/cbc-docs-pov/season-2/episode-13/38e815a-010710e4462

THE AKUA BENJAMIN LEGACY FILM PROJECT (2016)
Documentary Series
https://www.oyamediagroup.com/commissioned-work/akua-benjamin-legacy-project

THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE (2014)
Documentary
https://www.kanopy.com/product/through-lens-darkly-black-photographers-an

GARBAGE! THE REVOLUTION STARTS AT HOME (2008)
Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDg0q462tq8