Filmmakers


Special Guests: Joanna Lipper

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Joanna Lipper is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and author of the nationally acclaimed book, Growing Up Fast. As a Lecturer at Harvard University, she teaches Using Film For Social Change. Her work as a documentary filmmaker has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation/Just Films, ITVS, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Women Make Movies, IFP Spotlighting Documentaries, and Britdoc Foundation.



In 2013, Gucci commissioned an extended trailer from her film The Supreme Price to launch their Chime For Change Campaign at TED 2013 and globally.

In 2012, Joanna Lipper won the Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award for The Supreme Price. Previous films she has produced and directed include Inside Out: Portraits of Children, Growing Up Fast and Little Fugitive.



Lipper’s book about teen parenthood, Growing Up Fast, was published by Picador in 2003.

  “Compelling and important…this book adroitly illuminates a social crisis.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

Her photographic series, Seaweed Farmers in Zanzibar was featured in Economica: Picturing Power and Potential, a group exhibition presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and The International Museum of Women in Summer of 2010. This series along with a related multimedia installation was featured in a solo show at Photo De Mer in Vannes, France in 2011.

Special Guests: Kunle Afolayan

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Kunle Afolayan is a Nigerian actor and director. He is the son of the famous theater and film director and producer Ade Love. He is of Yoruba descent.[1][2] Afolayan majored in economics. Since 2005 he has been active in the Nigerian film industry. He has made several extremely popular titles including: The Figurine: Araromire which was in the Yoruba and English languages and Phone Swap which featured Nse Ikpe Etim and the legendary Chika Okpala. The Figurine won five major awards in the African Film Academy and experienced tremendous success in the Nigerian movie theaters.[1]

Kunle Afolayan appeared at the Subversive Film Festival in 2011 where he represented the second largest film industry in the world, the Nigerian film industry, with his colleague Zeb Ejiro.[1] In May 2013, Phone Swap premiered in France at the first edition of NollywoodWeek Paris and won the Public Choice Award.[3]

Special Guests: Adepero Oduye

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Adepero Oduye in Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue

“To watch Adepero Oduye … is to experience the thrill of discovery.” – A.O. Scott (New York Times)

Before we saw her as Eliza, starring across from Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave, Adepero Oduye brought us several powerful characters on the big screen and on Broadway. Growing up in Brooklyn as one of seven children, Oduye says she always considered herself Nigerian first. A former pre-med student, Oduye defied all odds by leaving the medical path to become a successful actor.

The second most amazing thing about Oduye, who the New York Times calls “a master of understatement,” is that she is motivated by a passion for telling powerful stories. In Pariah, her breakout film, Oduye played a teenager who overcame tremendous opposition to embrace her queer sexuality. In Steel Magnolias, with Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Felicia Rashad and Alfre Woodard, she played ‘Anelle,’ a character who transforms herself from fearful and shy, to bold and true.

The most amazing thing about Oduye is what the Times calls her “megawatt smile,” which we’ve seen in Fela! On Broadway, Law & Order, The Bluest Eye, Trip to Bountiful and much more.

Come and meet Adepero and other culturally confident special guests at NDFS: Cultural Confidence on October 10 & 11 at NYU. Tickets