JD Walker, Writer/Director and Producer

 Honors & Awards

2021         Producers Guild of America - New Member Spotlight in "Produced By" magazine

                 Facebook SEEN Emerging Director Fellow (Blackhouse Foundation Partnership) 

                 Academy of Motion Pictures - Leadership Committee for #AcademyGold and Gold Rising

2020         The Sundance Institute and Blackhouse Emerging Director Fellowship

2016-2019  The George Lucas Family Foundation Directing Scholarship

                         (Funded for three straight years in USC School of Cinema's MFA Program in Directing) 

2017       #Academy Gold Fellow in Directing (Inaugural Class)

               Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and Student Academy Awards  (Intern)


2013        Sundance Film Festival Pitching Contest Winner, Oscar Micheaux Biopic (IndieWire)                   

  Sundance Table Read My Screenplay Contest (Honorable Mention - ISA)

2003       The National Visionary Leadership Documentary Excellence Award (Honorable Mention)    

          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). Walker's work produced with NVLP is now archived at The Smithsonian. (Inaugural class)

          Screenwriting Scholarship Award from Gregory Allen Howard (Remember the Titans, Harriett, Ali)

               Participated in Screenwriting workshop with Gregory at Howard University.

2001         The Sonia Sanchez Outstanding Writing Research Assistant Award                                               

                      Given by Sonia Sanchez on behalf of The Elizabeth Howard and Thornton H. Taylor Trust Fund.

1998        The Robert A. Corrigan President’s Alumni Award, San Francisco State University                        

           Given by Robert Corrigan, president of SFSUSelected with 1 other student out of entire student  body.


            T. Nelson Gilbert Poetry Prize Winner

The Tom Tyrell Diversity Award for Outstanding Actress, San Francisco State University                                                      

1997         Outstanding Undergraduate Actress Award, San Francisco State                                       

 The Sylvia Ashe Award, San Francisco State University                                                          

1996       The University Women’s Association Award, San Francisco State University                                               

1995       Franum Outstanding Black Woman Award, San Francisco State University                                  

1993      California Forensic State Champion in Dramatic Interpretation, Ventura CC       

Given by California Forensic Association for “Dramatic Interpretation” of August Wilson’s “Fences.

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