Faculty

Stephane Dunn

 

Stephane Dunn is an associate professor and Director of the Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies program (CTEMS). She received her MA, MFA, and PhD from the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in film, creative writing, and African American and American cultural and literary studies. She authored the 2008 book, Baad Bitches & Sassy Supermamas: Black Power Action Films (U of Illinois Press), which explores the representation of race, gender, and sexuality as they play out in the Black Power and feminist influenced explosion of black action films in the early 1970s, including, Sweetback Sweetback's Baad Assssss Song, Cleopatra Jones, and Foxy Brown. Her writings about film and black popular culture and history have appeared in several edited books, Ms.magazine, Screening NoirThe Chronicle of Higher Education, TheRoot.com, AJC, CNN.com, and the Best African American Essays (2009) among others. Her plays include You a Baad N***, Titty, Chem Girls, and The Box. She wrote and co-produced the winning first place short film in the 2013 Georgia Lottery- Bronze Lens Film Festival Lights, Camera, Georgia competition. She has received a Napa Valley Writer's Conference Scholarship and a FMS Postdoctoral Mentoring Fellowship. She is currently working on a novel and a short film.

Department of English, 103 Brawley Hall
(404) 572-3605
stephane.dunn@morehouse.edu | dunnstephane@gmail.com

Adisa Iwa

Morehouse alum Eric L. Baker (professionally known as Adisa Iwa) has written for multiple hit TV shows including Law & Order: SVU; NYPD Blue; Dark Angel, etc. In addition to selling his first feature screenplay to Universal, Mr. Iwa has worked at several major studios and television networks in Hollywood including 20th Century Fox; Warner Bros.; NBC; ABC; and FOX Broadcasting. Mr. Iwa currently is writing and producing new television, film, and online projects in Los Angeles and Atlanta, and is a proud founding member of Morehouse's prestigious CTEMS Department. He has been honored by the Writer's Guild of America for his work as a writer on NYPD Blue.

Morehouse College ‘91
eric.baker@morehouse.edu | adisaiwa@gmail.com

Julie Dash  Filmmaker Julie Dash earned her MFA in Film & Television production at UCLA, received her BA in Film Production from CCNY, and was a Producing and Writing Conservatory Fellow at the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film Studies. Dash made history with her Sundance award-winning film (Best Cinematography) Daughters of the Dust. Dash became the first African American woman to have a wide theatrical release of a feature film. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry - the only current such distinction for the film work of an African American woman. Julie Dash is currently working on Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl. a feature length documentary about Vertamae Smart Grosvenor, a world-renowned author, performer, and chef from rural South Carolina. Dash has written and directed for CBS, BET, ENCORE STARZ, SHOWTIME, MTV Movies and HBO, directing, the NAACP Image Award winning, Emmy and DGA nominated, The Rosa Parks Story, Incognito, Funny Valentines, Love Song, and Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground. Her work as a Film Director includes theme park, Disney's Imagineering, and museum design Brothers of the Borderland for The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum. Her work includes music videos, documentary, commercial spots, PSA's, industrial films. She has taught at a number of universities and colleges.
Avery O Williams 

Assistant Professor, Screenwriter-Director, Avery O Williams, graduated with a B.A. from Morehouse College and an MFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. As a writer, he co-wrote the feature Directing Eddie (Valerie Perrine, Jade Barrymore) voted Best Comedy, 2001 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival; and the film short The Willie Witch Projects (distr. by Trimark Pictures in the compilation The Bogus Witch Project), the award-winning short Notes In A Minor Key (Keith David, Harry Lennix) for Hollywood Pictures.

In the director’s chair, Avery helmed the shorts Fight For Hope, winning 1st place in the BronzeLens/Georgia Lottery “Lights, Camera, Georgia” Film Competition; and Plenty, starring Lamaan Rucker, which won Honorable Mention: Outstanding Short Film, Fiction in the 2017 Nevada Women’s Film Fest. For feature films, Avery co-directed with actress LisaRaye the TVOne movie Skinned and recently co-directed with Carl Payne the feature, Misguided Behavior.

In print, Avery's work is included in Monologues for Men By Men. For the theater, he co-produced Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues directed by Penny Marshall (2005) and Penny Johnson Jerald (2006). He wrote the books for musicals TLC (A Tribute to Tracy Coley), The Chocolate FactoryPino and Everything Changes, each directed by Denise Dowse and executive produced by Wendy Raquel Robinson. For the national stage, Avery wrote and produced A Mother's Prayer and What A Woman Will Do For Love starring Raven Symone, Ann Nesby, Howard Hewett and Lashun Pace. Also for the stage, Avery produced Tom Coles' Medal of Honor Rag, starring Heavy D, directed by Delroy Lindo and executive produced by Will Smith. 

Morehouse College ‘86
avery.williams@morehouse.edu | www.averyowilliams.com