Dante James



Email: Dante James
Phone: 927-229-3408

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Dante James is an educator and award-winning independent filmmaker of dramatic and documentary films. He recently joined the University of Dayton as adjunct faculty. He served as adjunct faculty and artist in residence at Duke University from 2005 to 2012. In 2006, James won a National Emmy for his work as series producer of the critically acclaimed PBS documentary series, "Slavery and the Making of America." His most recent documentary “Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris jazz Story” has screened at film festivals in Paris and Biarritz, France and was awarded best documentary at the 2010 Pan African International Film Festival in Cannes, France.

In 2008 he wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed dramatic short film “The Doll,” based on a short story by Charles W. Chesnutt.  In 2003, for Blackside Films he executive produced the PBS series, "This Far by Faith." His earlier work at Blackside has been honored with the DuPont Columbia Silver Baton.

Dante has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University. In 2008 he was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Grand Valley State University. During the summer of 2010 he served as guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

His research interests include images of African Americans in mainstream media and the impact of those issues in the context of race, class, American democracy and economic structure.

He has served as a funding panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Program.  He is a member of the directors and writers guilds of America.