JD Walker, Writer/Director and Producer

Dr. JD Walker, PhD

This is my Digital CV. Please email for a PDF copy.

Curriculum Vitae
JD Walker, Ph.D.
Los Angeles, CA * jamiewal@usc.edu
Teaching Website: www.drjamiewalker.yolasite.com


• Certified Online, interdisciplinary, and tech savvy instructor with over 15 years of education, administration, advising, and film experience.
• Outstanding research, writing, outreach, social media, and retention skills.
• Expert knowledge of Canvas, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Creative Suite, Excel, Power Point, Blackboard, and Peoplesoft.
• Dynamic team player who excels at designing online LMS and modules, including mentoring, leading, hosting workshops, and student advising.


M.F.A. (TV and Film Production) University of Southern California, School of Cinema, LA, CA, 2019
EMPHASIS: Screenwriting, Directing, and Producing; George Lucas Family Foundation Scholarship

Ph.D. (English, *distinction*) Howard University, Department of English, Washington, DC, 2005
EMPHASIS: 19th/20th Century, African American and Post Colonial Lit., Feminist & Womanist theory
DISSERTATION—“Evolution of a Poet: Re-Membering the Black Female Aesthetic and the Transformed Consciousness of
Sonia Sanchez, Prophetic Voice of the Black Arts Movement”

M.A. (English, *distinction*) Howard University, Department of English, Washington, DC, 2000
EMPHASIS: American Literature, Psychoanalytic Theory
THESIS: “The (M)other-Daughter Bond: A Psychoanalytic Feminist Critique Jamaica Kincaid’s Bildungsroman

B.A., (Theater Arts, *cum laude*), San Francisco State, Department of Theater, SF, CA, 1998
Golden Key National Honor Society

Business of Entertainment Certificate, University of Southern California (2019)
EMPHASIS: Film and TV Distribution, Deal Points, Theatrical Release Windows and Digital Platforms
Certified Online Instructor, The Sloan-C Consortium, Newbury Port, MA, 2013
EMPHASIS: Online Management

Previous Academic Positions
2009—2016: Lecturer, Santa Clara University
2005-2009: Lecturer, Howard University
2008—2009: Lecturer, Bowie State University
2007—2008: Lecturer, Trinity University

Previous Administrative Positions Held
2009—2016: Academic Advisor, Santa Clara University
2002—2005: Marketing and Editorial Assistant, Howard University Press
1998—2002: Librarian Assistant, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University


2009-2016 Documentary Film Lecturer & Academic Advisor, Santa Clara University, CA
Teaching (3) “Online Independent African American Filmmakers”
Taught (3) “Documentary Making for Social Justice” courses cross-listed with the Cinema Studies Pathway, Diversity Core Curriculum, and Experiential Learning for Social Justice Core Curriculum.
Taught (3) “African American Independent Filmmakers” courses cross-listed with the Cinema Studies Pathway and Diversity Core Curriculum.
Taught (1) “Women, Race, Class, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance” course cross-listed with the English and Women’s and Gender Studies Dept.
Taught (2) “Freshman Composition: Autobiography as Activism” cross-listed with English Dept.

2005-2009 English & African American Studies Lecturer, Howard University, Washington, DC
Taught (4) “Harlem Renaissance Movement to the Present” upper division courses.
Taught (4) “Contemporary Black Autobiography” upper division courses.
Taught (8) sections of “College Composition I.”
Taught (8) sections of “College Composition II.”
Taught (1) “Communications 101,” course for Medical and Dental students.
“Creative Writing: Poetry,” Assistant for Sonia Sanchez

2009 Holy Names University, Oakland, CA
Taught (1) Professional Writing” courses
Taught (2) “Freshman Composition II” courses
Taught (1) “Harlem: Short Fiction” course

2009 English Lecturer, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
Taught three (3) sections of “College Composition II.”
Taught (1) section of “College Composition I.”
Taught (1) section “Harlem Renaissance Fiction.”

2007-2008 English Lecturer, Trinity University, Washington, DC
Taught (1) “Critical Reading/Pre-College Composition.”
Taught (1) “College Composition I.”
Taught (1) “College Composition II.”

2001 Creative Writing Lecturer, Sarah’s Circle, Washington, DC
Taught senior citizens, ages 65-99, techniques for writing their own autobiographies.

1999 English Tutor, The Writing Center, Howard University, Washington, DC
IT Technical Support for undergraduate and graduate students while training all matriculating students how to organize ideas, write coherent essays, and cite sources properly.

Programming Assistant 2020
The Sundance Institute Park City, UT
Responsible for internal and external communications for The Blackhouse Foundation at Sundance, directing community sponsors, media, and the press, including Paramount, HBO, OWN, Netflix, Strayer Studios, FWD.US, and more.
Manage press area and behind the scenes personnel.
Create Run of Shows for sponsors, host panels, set up and strike film equipment at venues, participate in industry wide mentoring and networking events. Greet and direct talent.

Original TV Programming Instructor and Creative Director 8/2017—5/2018
Spartan TV Fontana, CA
•Serve as Executive Producer on three weekly TV shows, assisting with the development, production, and post-production process. •Manage and Direct a Control Room and multicamera TV Studio, keeping track of equipment and latest industry trends. •Produce daily morning news TV talk show, shorts film programs, commercials and TV segments. Serve as a voiceover, reading morning announcements and upcoming events. •Direct and manage a Control Room and multicamera TV Studio, keeping track of scheduling, talent, logistics, equipment, and latest industry trends. •Edit and approve all IP, films and scripts for Spartan Television, a digital streaming network. •Manage a $100K grant, expanding and updating studio to industry standards. Edit final shows in Adobe Premiere CC. Consult and provide breakdowns. • Teach 6 TV Production classes. Train young filmmakers to write, develop, breakdown scripts, breakdown scripts and prepare for the greenlight process. Oversee the direction and production of “Every 15 Minutes,” short PSA.

Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting & Student Academy Awards Assistant 6/2017--8/2017
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Los Angeles, CA
Coordinate and prepare multifaceted reports, including invoices and tracking grids for confidential database.
Write film credits, biographies, and plot summaries for programming and print.
Conduct market and competitive research of qualifying award-winning festivals and screenwriting comps.
Analyze and compare data of over 2.6M followers, using Google analytics, Facebook and Twitter insights.

Academy Gold Fellow 6/2017 -- 8/2017
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Los Angeles, CA
Selected out of 60 students across the U.S. for exclusive Academy Gold Talent Development and Inclusion Program. Network with industry-wide professionals attend panels and presentations by Academy members, and participate in a robust curriculum of industry topics via master classes and workshops.

Movie Business Assistant 8/2016 -- 5/2017
USC School of Cinema Los Angeles, CA
Contact, schedule, and organize bi-weekly panel presentations with agents, managers, screenwriters, producers, directors, and U.S. Film Distributors. Operate control room and projector for screenings.
Create confidential database and spreadsheets, overseeing logistics, internal and external communications.
Serve as an assistant for (2) semester long undergraduate seminars: “The Movie Business: From Story Concept to Exhibition” (Peter Exline) and “Film Business Procedures and Distribution” (Jason Squire).
Research trade magazines (Variety, Deadline, IndieWire, The Hollywood Reporter) and distribute insights.

Film and Research Assistant 8/2015 -- 5/ 2016
USC School of Cinema Library Los Angeles, CA
Research, archive, and recommend screenplays, films, and rare materials from 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Universal, Sony, Paramount, and more to worldwide patrons.
Manage front desk and Reading Room, using strong communications skills and upbeat personality.
● Update FileMaker Pro database featuring directors, producers, and screenwriters.

Producer 1/2014--3/2016
Ryan Coogler Film Collective Los Angeles, CA
Produce multinational shows in Los Angeles, New York, and the Bay Area for a film collective co-founded by Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay, featuring David Oyewolo, Octavia Spencer, Common, Janelle Monae, Anika Noni Rose, Chris Rock, Tessa Thompson, Andre Holland, and more.
Coverage featured in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Deadline, Revolt TV, and more. Develop programming, organization, and logistical support.
Hire talent and crew. Meet with talent during pre-production and direct talent during production.
Outreach to local film agencies, theaters, distributors, music companies, and non-profit organizations.
Communicate with internal and external organizations, incl. press, social media and graphic design team.
Organize and film panel presentations for special events.
Total Twitter Impressions (24 hours): 1.3 billion. Total Twitter Reach (24 hours): 103.1 million.

Video Production Instructor 8/2015 -- 5/2016
Baldy View ROP Claremont, CA
Teach 6 periods of Video Production to high school students.
Managed an $18,000 grant to upgrade a Video Production facility.
Create industry related opportunities for young filmmakers, networking with agents, screenwriters, directors, and US distributors. Model shot lists for cinematography exercises and edit film content.

Video Production Instructor 8/2014 -- 5/2015
McClymonds Oakland, CA
Manage $10,000 grant to upgrade production equipment and facilities.
Direct young filmmakers on the art of independent & documentary film.
Hire and schedule interviews with industry professionals. Develop and host mini film festival.
Teach screenwriting and coding.

Science Instructor 1998
Mad Science Corporation Olney, MD
Taught “The Fundamentals of Science” to K-3rd grade students.

Playwrighting Instructor 1996
The San Francisco Mime Troupe San Francisco, CA
Taught (1) “Fundamentals of “Playwrighting” for students (age 14-19) from The Columbia Park Boys &
Girls Club, The Japan Community Youth Center, The Chinese Community Youth Center, and The Girls
Against Gang Violence Program.

Drama Teacher 1995
Frick Junior High School Oakland, CA
Taught three periods of “Drama” and “Improv” for K-4th grade students.

Forensics Teacher 1994
Cabello Elementary School Union City, CA
Co-founded and taught a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade Forensic Team.
Trained & choreographed young orators for a citywide M.L.K. celebration.



Academic Advisor
Orientation advisor for over 3200 students for all registration appointment periods for undergraduate and transfer students, including summer orientation.
Trained incoming freshman and transfer students about shifts from our old core curriculum to the new core.
Conducted summer orientation workshops for incoming students.
Hosted one-on-one counseling sessions about academic requirements for the student body.
Managed, tracked, and consulted students on academic probation.
Led academic advising workshops for first-generation students.
Assisted student leaders and organizations on campus about campus policy.
Served Faculty Advisor on Senior Capstone projects.
Spearheaded documents and strategic alliances with the Academic Advising and Mental Health Services.
Formed strategic alliances across campus with other departments including the Experiential Learning Program, Study Abroad, Office of Disabilities, and Office of Multicultural Learning.

Consultant to Experiential Learning for Social Justice Program
Partnered with over 60 non-profit organizations and supervised student field work and film productions for my “Documentary Making for Social Justice” class.
Provided feedback for a solidarity workshop offered by Santa Clara University in conjunction with UC Berkeley for Andrea Brewster, coordinator of the ELSJ Program.
Helped Director devise working definitions of the term “solidarity” for her group workshops.
Presented “Documentary Making for Social Justice” workshop at UC Berkeley’s “Social Justice Symposium”

First-Generation (L.E.A.D.) Workshop Presenter
Produced a workshop for first-generation students for a L.E.A.D. Seminar course to introduce students to the resources available in the Academic Advising Center.

University Core Implementation
Implemented three new courses for the new University Core while teaching, serving a joint-appointment in Ethnic Studies, and fulfilling work as an Academic Advisor.
“Documentary Making for Social Justice” was approved for two University Core Requirements: Diversity and Experiential Learning for Social Justice. This course was cross-listed in Ethnic Studies and meets the “Cinema Studies” Pathway.
“Women Race, Class, and Sexuality in Harlem Renaissance Fiction” was approved for the Diversity Core curriculum. This course was cross-listed in English and Ethnic Studies and meets the “Race, Place, and Social Inequalities” Pathway.
“African American Independent Filmmakers” (ETHN 95) was approved for the Diversity Core curriculum and two Pathways: “Cinema Studies” and “Race, Place, and Social Inequalities.”


Marketing and Editorial Assistant, Howard University Press, Washington, DC
Assisted Director of the publishing arm of the university by designing all book covers, press releases, and marketing related materials for the Howard University Press’s new for an on-demand publishing project, which resurrected over 100 titles that were formerly out of print with John Hopkins.
Implemented all policies and activities, as scheduled, by the University Press Director.
Organized meetings with authors and scheduling conference related activities.
Created website for the Howard University Press.

Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Librarian Assistant
Developed an extensive database of African American History and Caribbean History titles for the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center while working at that institution for Janet Sims-Wood.

Trade Book Buyer, University Bookstore
Served as the University’s first Trade Book Buyer
Managed trade section while supervising two student workers
Developed the following sections: Women’s Studies, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, History, University Press Authors, New Releases, Biography, etc.
Coordinated book signings for authors and hosted literary events off-campus.

Literary Events Coordinator, Department of English
Hosted panel on Black British Writing for the Department of English.
Hosted panel with literary activist, Ewuare Osayande, on for the bookstore.
Helped arranging numerous “Heart’s Day” conferences for the Department of English, including but not limited to: Octavia Butler Conference, Toni Morrison Conference, Sonia Sanchez Conference, Amiri Baraka Conference, Maya Angelou Conference.


Co-Director of University Drama Club
Managed drama students, scheduled weekly meetings, workshops, and improv activities for students.
Students performed the writings of Suzan Lori Parks (“Venus”) Anna Deveare Smith (“Fires in the Mirror”), Lorraine Hansberry (“To Be Young Gifted and Black) in preparation for short performance skits and presentations to select classes on the University’s campus.


Poetry Judge
Poetry Judge for the Annual Creative Writing Competition
Assisted and Performed at the English Department’s annual Spoken Word Competition


Conference Host
Journalist at the historic “Furious Flower Conference” featuring well known poets and writers, including but certainly not limited to: Nikki Giovanni, Dolores Kendrick, Rita Dove, Lucille Clifton, Houston Baker, Haki Madhubuti, Amiri Baraka, Elizabeth Alexander, Naomi Long Madgett, Kevin Young, and Tony Medina.


Poetry Assistant
Served as both guide and assistant to poet Sonia Sanchez for a “Poetry as Spiritual Practice” workshop


2017: Film Producer for MLK Now, a multinational live event starring Ava DuVernay, Ryan
Coogler, Octavia Spencer, et al

2016: Film Producer for Justice for Flint, a multinational fundraising effort featuring Ava
DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, and more.

2013: Frameline Film Festival Volunteer
Locations Manager and Key Grip for Nancy Baysinger Productions

2010-2012: Experiential Learning for Social Justice Community Partner
Partnered with over 63 non-profits to develop short documentaries for their programs.

1998-2012: Freelance Journalist
Developed and wrote feature stories for Heart & Soul magazine, The New York Amsterdam News, The Washington Informer, About Time magazine, The Afro-American, The Tennessee Tribune, The San Francisco Bayview, The Long Beach Times

2009: Featured Shorts Filmmaker
Short film screened at over 20 film festivals in the U.S., winning “Best Short” at the African American Film Festival in Portland, Oregon and gaining Honorable Mention at the African American International Women’s Film Festival in Oakland, CA.
Featured Filmmaker, The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (delivered talk about African American women in filmmaking to a sold out audience in April 2010).

Featured Filmmaker, The Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (delivered talk about
intersectionality in films by queer women of color, February 2010)

Featured Filmmaker, Frameline 34 (delivered talk about the intersections of gender, race, class and sexuality in films by queer women of color during Women’s Shorts Program, July 2010)

2007: Capital Jazz Festival, Washington, DC
Poetry Judge for the Spoken Word Competition

1998: Literary Events Coordinator, Congressional Black Caucus, Washington, DC
Assisted Drum & Spear Books with the annual Author’s Pavilion.


2020: The Sundance Film Festival (Blackhouse Foundation Fellowship), Park City, UT

2017: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Gold Fellow, Los Angeles, Ca

2019-2016: George Lucas Family Foundation Fellowship, University of Southern California, LA, CA

2001: National Visionary Heritage Documentary Film Fellowship Program, Washington, DC
Selected out of 30 scholars across the U.S. for Camille Cosby and Renee Poussaint’s documentary film program designed to chronicle the work of legendary African American elders. Interviewed, produced, and edited doc on Esther Cooper Jackson, co-founder of Freedomways magazine. Documentary is now archived at The Smithsonian and received a “Distinguished Honorable Mention.” Literary work produced in program is now featured in a book called A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak (Atria Books 2004) co-edited by Cosby and Poussaint.

1999—2003: Lannan Poetry Fellowship, The Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC
Awarded by poet E. Ethelbert Miller.
Attended weekly seminars by published poets from a vast array of cultural backgrounds; participated in American poetry lectures; performed poetry.

2017: Winner, Central Illinois Feminist Film Fest; “Sandra: Say My Name”; writer/camera/director:
JD Walker
Urban World Film Festival, Toronto Black Film Festival – “Oscar Micheaux”; writer/director: JD

2016: Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner (Official Selection); “Oscar Micheaux” ;
writer/director: JD Walker
George Lucas Family Foundation Scholar

2013: Winner, Sundance Film Festival Pitching Contest, Park City, Utah
Honorable Mention, Table Read My Screenplay Contest, Sundance Festival, Park City, Utah

2012: Innovation in Teaching with Technology, Santa Clara University

2003: The National Visionary Leadership Documentary Film Honorable Mention Excellence Award,
Washington, DC
Given by Camille Cosby and Renee Poussaint for “demonstrating superior skill in researching and preserving the life history of Mrs. Esther Cooper Jackson” (co-founder of Freedomways magazine in 1961 with W.E.B. and Shirley Du Bois).

The Dr. Howard Lonsdale Screenwriting Scholarship Award
Given by filmmaker Gregory Allen Howard, director of “Ali” and “Remember the Titans.” Participated in Screenwriting workshop with Gregory at Howard University.

2001: The Sonia Sanchez Outstanding Poetry Research Assistant Award
Distinguished Honorable Mention Award, Camille Cosby’s Documentary Heritage Fellowship

1998: The Robert A. Corrigan President’s Alumni Award, San Francisco State University
T. Nelson Gilbert Poetry Prize Winner
The Tom Tyrell Diversity Award, San Francisco State University

1997: Outstanding Undergraduate Black Actress Award, San Francisco State University
The Sylvia Ashe Award, San Francisco State University
1996: The University Women’s Association Award, San Francisco State University

1995: Franum Outstanding African American Woman Award, San Francisco State University

1993: California Forensic State Champion in Dramatic Interpretation, Ventura Community College


Walker, Jamie D. (Forthcoming), Editor, Sonia Sanchez: Critical Perspectives Past and Present. Foreword by Maya Angelou, Introduction by Joyce Ann Joyce, and Afterword by Beverly Guy-Sheftall. Forthcoming from U. of Michigan Press.
Walker, Jamie D. (Forthcoming), Oscar Micheaux’s Leading Women: Essays on Womanhood, Motherhood, and Sexuality.
Walker, Jamie D. (2006), Signifyin’ Me: New and Selected Poems. Philadelphia: Xlibris Corp.
Walker, Jamie D. (2005), 101 Ways Black Women Can Learn to Love Themselves. Phila: Xlibris Corp.

Chapters in Books
Walker, Jamie D. (Forthcoming), “A Poem for Dead Hearts,” in Are All the Women Still White?: Globalizing Women’s Studies (University of Illinois Press).
Walker, Jamie D. (2007), “Two Pieces (Poems)” in Gumbo for the Soul: The Recipe for Literacy in the Black Community, Beverly Black Johnson, editor. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc.
Walker, Jamie D. (2005), “The Power of Preparation,” in It Doesn’t Take a Genius: Five Truths to Inspire Genius in Every Student, Tommie L. Lindsey and Randall McCutcheon, editors. NY: McGraw-Hill, 2005.
Walker, Jamie D. (2006), “When He Demands All My Poems Be Written to Liberate Black America,” in Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees, DuEwa M. Frazier, editor. New York: Lit Noire Publishing, 2006.
Walker, Jamie D. (2005), “It Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now: Interview with Jamie Walker,” in I Woke Up and Put My Crown On: The Project of 76 Voices, Rochelle D. Hart, editor. Baltimore, MD: Publish America, 2005.
Walker, Jamie D. (2005), “When I Got It,” in It Doesn’t Take a Genius: Five Truths to Inspire Genius in Every Student, Tommie L. Lindsey and Randall McCutcheon, editors. NY: McGraw-Hill, 2005.
Walker, Jamie D. (2004), “Interview with Esther Cooper Jackson,” (co-founder of Freedomways magazine),” in A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak, Camille O. Cosby and Renee Poussaint, editors. New York: Atria Books.

Refereed Journal Publications
Walker, Jamie D. (2007), “James Brown, The Godfather of Soul, Dies at 73,” Black Arts Quarterly.
Walker, Jamie D. (2004), “Manifesto for My Soul (Poem),” BMa: The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review.

Magazines and Newsletters
Walker, Jamie D. “Race, Class, and Gender Oppression in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, About Time, 2011.
Walker, Jamie D. “Meet the First Lady: Michelle Obama,” About… Time, March 2009
Walker, Jamie D. “The Obama Aesthetic,” About… Time, March 2009
“Too Much Protein?: Re-Examining the Benefits of Soy & Whey,” Heart & Soul magazine (December/January 2008)
Walker, Jamie D. “African Americans Figure Prominently in Presidential Debate,” About...Time 35.3 (2007): 34-37.
Walker, Jamie D. “Vacation Getaway: Cancun, Mexico,” Heart & Soul magazine (Feb/March 2007)
Walker, Jamie D. “Interview with Sonia Sanchez,” Heart & Soul magazine (June/July 2006)
Walker, Jamie D. “Broadway’s The Color Purple Empowers Many,” About…Time 33.4 (Spring 2006); reprinted in The Washington Informer and The African American Literature Book Club Online.
Walker, Jamie D. “Playwright August Wilson Loses Battle with Liver Cancer,” About…Time 33.3 (2005): 30-31.
Walker, Jamie D. “Thousands Bid Farewell to Luther Vandross,” About…Time 33.2 (2005): 32-25.
Walker, Jamie D. “Ossie Davis: Remembering Him with Love,” About…Time 33.1 (2005): 20-23.
Walker, Jamie D. “Why I Write,” Sable Literary Magazine, 5.1 (Fall 2004): 29-36.
Walker, Jamie D. “The Healing Power of Poetry" Trombones (Spring 2003): 8.
Walker, Jamie D. “Making Music, Making Babies: A Sneak Peak into the Lives of Parents Who Perform.” The Kindred Papers, 1.1 (2003): 10.
Walker, Jamie D. “Heart’s Day Celebration Honoring Sanchez Touches Many,” Trombones (Spring 2002): 2.
Walker, Jamie D. “Sonia Sanchez: The Poet as Teacher,” Trombones (Fall 2001): 6

Newspapers and Web-based Articles
Walker, Jamie D. "How Filmmakers Defy the Odds While Resisting Objectification and
Marginalization," Film Courage, July 2011.  
Walker, Jamie D. “Duke Ellington High School Performs The Wiz,” The Washington Informer, 14—20 Feb 2008.
Walker, Jamie D. “Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues to Raise Money Against Domestic Violence,” The Washington Informer, 24—30 Jan. 2008
Walker, Jamie D. “Race for the Cure March Proves Successful,” The Washington Informer, 6 June 2006.
Walker, Jamie D. “Sonia Sanchez and Ten Grandmothers Acquitted of Defiant Trespassing,” African American Literature Book Club Online, 1 December 2006.
Walker, Jamie D. “Thousands Bid Farewell to Luther Vandross,” The Washington Informer, 14 July 2005.
Walker, Jamie D. “Broadway’s ‘The Color Purple’ Empowers Many,” The Tennessee Tribune (Forthcoming);
Reprinted with permission in The San Francisco Bayview, The Ebony-Brevard Times, and The Washington Informer.
Walker, Jamie D. “Playwright August Wilson Battles Liver Cancer,” The Afro-American, 1 Sept. 2005.
Walker, Jamie D. “Remembering Ossie Davis, With Love,” The Washington Informer, 16 Feb. 2005.; Reprinted with permission in The Tennessee Tribune and About . . . Time magazine.
Walker, Jamie D. “Furious Flower Conference Celebrates Poetry.” The New York Amsterdam News, 7-13 Oct. 2004: 23. Reprinted with permission on AALBC.com.
Walker, Jamie D. “The Full Moon of Sonia.” The Final Call, 17 Aug. 2004: 7.
Walker, Jamie D. “Sonia Sanchez Begins Full Moon Tour at National Festival.” The New York Amsterdam News, 5—11 Aug. 2004: 21. Reprinted with permission in The Final Call.
Walker, Jamie D. “Sisterspace Fights Eviction,” The Final Call, 15 June 2004: 7.
Walker, Jamie D. “Former Essence Editor-in-Chief Opens Inn for Writers,” The New York Amsterdam News, 16—22 Aug. 2004. Reprinted with permission in The Tennessee Tribune, 4—10 April 2004.
Walker, Jamie D. “Home-Going Celebration for Daughter of Amina and Amiri Baraka Touches Many,” The San Francisco Bayview, 20 Aug. 2003. Reprinted with permission in The Amsterdam News, 21—27 Aug. 2003: B1.
Walker, Jamie D. "Dorothy Height Retires Expenses on Mortgage at Birthday Bash," The Tennessee Tribune, 4—10 April 2002: A1. Reprinted with permission in The Howard Hilltop.
Walker, Jamie D. “Camille O. Cosby and Renee Poussaint Launch National Visionary Leadership Project,” The Tennessee Tribune, 14—20 March 2001: A1. Reprinted in The Spelman Spotlight, Howard Hilltop.

Presentations and Workshops

Host, “Script ED: Strayer Studios Live Pitch Session,” Sundance Film Festival

“Recoding and Reframing the Black Female Image in the Cinema of Oscar Micheaux,” Hawaii Int’l Conference on the Arts and Humanities

Featured Speaker and Student Documentaries screened at “Instructional Technology Demo Day,” Santa Clara University

“Filmmaking for Social Justice: Teaching Students Documentary," UC Berkeley Social Justice Symposium

“Justice via Arts: Documentary Making for Social Justice," Santa Clara University

"Strategies for Success: Interdisciplinary Discussion on Studying Diversity and Social Justice in Graduate Education," Panel at the (De) constructing Diversity in the Bay Area Conference, Santa Clara University

"Race and Resistance: Strategic Ways Women Faculty of Color Mentor while Lifting as We Climb," Women of Color Faculty Luncheon, Keynote Speaker, Santa Clara University

“Filmmakers of Color: Panel Participant for QWOCMAP Women of Color Film Festival” (Sponsored by QWOCMAP -San Francisco, June 2010)

“Black Women Directors: Panel Participant for the Sistas are Doin’ it For Themselves Film Festival” (Sponsored by the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center).

“Knowledge Is Power: Understanding the Advantage of College Resources & the Benefits of University Advisors,” LEAD First Generation College Students Program.

“Women Professors in African American Studies,” Howard University, Washington, DC
(panel with Dr. Denise King-Miller and Dr. Michele Simms-Burton)

“A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak,” The Schomburg Center, New York, NY (panel with Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Esther Cooper Jackson, David Driskell, et al; Recorded on CSPAN)

“From the Black Arts Movement to Hip Hop,” The Tenderloin Book Fair, San Francisco, CA
(panel with Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Askia Tourè, et al)

“Gwendolyn Brooks' In Montgomery," Karibu Bookstore, Hyattsville, MD
(poetry presentation and panel reading with Tony Medina and Shani Jamila)

“Featured Poet: A Tribute to Sonia Sanchez," Naropa University, Boulder, CO

“Being Professionally Active While Teaching,” Howard University, Washington, DC
(presentation for the annual “Teaching Associates & Assistants Workshop” in the Graduate School)

“Keynote Speaker,” The Circle of Friends Book Club Extravaganza, Atlanta, GA
(Circle of Friends was featured twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show)

“Developing Healthy Self-Esteem in Black Girls,” The Teen Extreme Summer Jam, Washington, DC

“Keynote Speaker,” Calvary Episcopal Church, Washington, DC
(Presentation of first book for The Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

“Panel Participant: African American Literature” at The Black Caucus of American Librarians

Association Fifth National Conference of African-American Librarians in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (panel with Kwame Alexander, Tajuana Butler, Timmothy McCann, and Victor McGlothin)

“Panel Participant: The Construction of Whiteness” at Howard University in Washington, DC (panel featuring Toni Morrison and artwork by her son, Slade Morrison)

“Panel Participant: Motivational and Non-Fiction Writing,” The Second Annual African American Literature Conference, University of Maryland (College Park)

Book Reviews
Walker, Jamie D. Rev. of Mother Love: Reinventing A Good and Blessed Future For Our Children by Esther Davis-Thompson. Mosaic (Summer 2001).


Director and Screenwriter
“Within Our Gates,” (Feature)|Walker Film Co. | 2020
"Survival" (Feature, 1AD) | In Yo Face Films | 2019
"The Postwoman" (Feature) | Walker Film Co. | 2019
"Lincoln Motion Pictures" (Short) | Walker Film Co. | 2019
“The Landlord” (Multicamera TV Comedy) | Walker Film Co. | 2018
"Black Wall Street" (Feature) | Around the Bend Media | 2017
"Oscar Micheaux" (Short) | Walker Film Co. | 2017
"Sandra Say Her Name" (Short) | Walker Film Co. | 2017
"Re-Imagined" (Multicamera Comedy) | Paul Vogel | 2017
"PTSD" (Short) | Walker Film Co. | 2016
"The Postwoman" (Short) | Walker Film Co. | 2013

"Within Our Gates" (Feature), Walker Film Co. | 2020
"The Postwoman" (Feature) | Walker Film Co. | 2019
"Lincoln Motion Pictures" (Short) | Walker Film Co. | 2019
“The Landlord” (Multicamera TV Comedy) | Walker Film Co. | 2018
"Black Wall Street" (Feature) | Around the Bend Media | 2017
"Oscar Micheaux" (Short) | Walker Film Co. | 2017
"Sandra Say Her Name" (Short) | Walker Film Co. | 2017
"Re-Imagined" (Multicamera Comedy) | Paul Vogel | 2017
"PTSD" (Short) | Walker Film Co. | 2016
"MLK Now," "Justice for Flint," Ryan Coogler/Ava DuVernay | Blackout | 2016-2017
"When Life Gives You Lemons" (Short) | Roy Arwas | 2015
"Beatnik" (Feature) | Mwamba Productions | 2017
"Happy Birthday Oscar Grant" (Series), Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay

Key Grip
"Baking Bad" (Single Camera TV Series) | USC | 2005-2010

Script Supervisor
“Blackbird" (Thesis Short) | Nicole Thompson | 2018
"Reversal" (Short) | Lazreal Lison | 2018
"Twelve Days of Christmas" (Feature) | 2017
"Summer of Justice" (Short), AT&T Create a Thon | 2005-2010


Short film has screened at over 20 film festivals around the U.S. My social justice documentary on Esther Cooper-Jackson, co-founder of Freedomways magazine with Shirley Graham Dubois (wife to W.E.B. Dubois), was produced in Camille Cosby and Renee Poussaint’s National Visionary Heritage Documentary Film Program. Documentary is now archived at The Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

Documentary Filmmaking for Social Justice
Women in Cinema
Digital Filmmaking
Independent Filmmakers
Black Arts / Civil Rights / Freedom Movements
Fiction Writing
Films of the Harlem Renaissance
L.A. Rebellion Filmmakers (Dash, Gerima, etc)
Post-Reconstruction Films / Micheaux
Literature and Film Theory
Writing the Romantic Comedy

The Film Collaborative, Women in Media, The Sundance Institute, The Blackhouse Foundation, American Film Institute, National Association of Black Journalists, Women in Film, Modern Language Association

Project Management
Short and Feature Filmmaking
Hiring Cast and Crew
HTML and Web Design
Adobe Creative Suite/Excel/Office/Publisher
Typing 100WPM
Managing Grants

Academic Advising / Mentoring students
Freelance Journalist
Panel Host and Presenter
Theater and Directing
Documentary Making
Teaching Online
Social Media Management

Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid, Pro Tools, Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling, Airtable, Canvas, Blackboard, Taskstream, Excel, Power Point, Schoology.

1. D. Kamili Anderson, Former Director, Howard University Press (202) 355-3695 cell
Dir. of Publications, American Assoc. of Colleges for Teacher Ed. dkamilianderson@yahoo.com

2. Lila Ammons, Afro Studies Department Chair (202) 806-7242
Howard University lammons@howard.edu

3. Barbara Griffin, Associate Provost (202) 806-6706
Howard University bgriffin@howard.edu

4. Ann Nedd, English Department Chair (301) 860-4000
Bowie State University anedd@bowiestate.edu

5. Kitty Ellison, Freshman English Chair (202) 806-6100
Howard University kellison@howard.edu

6. Billy Smith, Cinematic Arts Library Supervisor (213) 740-6920
USC School of Cinema wts@usc.edu

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