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Julie Dash

Visiting Assistant Professor, Filmmaker

Twenty-one years ago, filmmaker Julie Dash broke through racial and gender boundaries with her Sundance award-winning Daughters of the Dust (Best Cinematography), and she became the first African American woman to have a wide and general theatrical release of a feature film. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry, it joins a select group of American films being preserved and protected as national treasures. Dash has since written and directed for movies for CBS, BET, ENCORE STARZ, SHOWTIME and HBO. Her work as a Film Director includes music videos, industrials, documentary, and PSA’s. Dash’s work in theme park and museum design includes Disney’s Imagineering; and “Brothers of the Borderland” for The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum. Her work has also been featured in retrospectives around the world; most recently in the L.A. Rebellion Retrospective, organized by the UCLA Film and Television Archives, which has toured North America in 2012-13; and a three-venue Detroit retrospective of her work in conjunction with her holding the 2013 Bob Allison (Allesee) Endowed Chair in Media at Wayne State University, during the winter of 2013.


1985 M.F.A, Motion Picture and Television Production, UCLA.
Class of 1974, American Film Institute Conservatory Fellow.
1973 B.A., City College of New York, Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts
1968 Studio Museum of Harlem, Film Workshop, NYC.

Courses Taught

AAST 300: Special Topics: "Past Imperfect: History of African Americans in Film"

AAST 300: Special Topics: "Black Women Film Directors" (counts for WGST credit)


Daughters of the Dust, the novel, © 1998, Julie Dash, Dutton-Signett Publishers.

Daughters Of The Dust: The Making Of An African American Woman's Film, © 1992 Julie Dash, The New Press.