Zachary Cunningham is a director, writer and poet from the east side of Detroit. Beginning with his original piece #Detroit, Zachary hit the ground running creatively while teaching himself the craft of filmmaking. His passion for poetry influenced his jazz infuzed art films "Bess Parts I and II".
Zachary eventually moved into the narrative space. He wrote, produced and directed his first two narrative short films "The Crack" and "Regret(s)." in 2014. He would follow up these two shorts with his short film "You Better Run", which also marked his first collaboration with Emmy Award winning DP Jeremy Brockman. For "You Better Run", Zachary won the "Best Emerging Filmmaker" Award at the Trinity International Film Festival in 2017.
In 2018, he premiered his most recent short film "Little Church" to rave reviews. Conrad Bachmann, former Performer's Governor of the Academy called the film "a heartwarming exceptionally well written, well cast and well produced short that will tug at your heart string. Casting is exceptional it's definitely a 'go see'."
Film (short) by Misfitted Academics (Drama) Writer/Director/Producer Set in Detroit during 1968, an aspiring writer looks to change the narrative of the '67 rebellion with his words. Everything is going according to plan until he and his family hear on the radio that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has just been shot.
Film (short) by Charles Kennedy Jr. (Drama) Colorist A man living in a psychiatric facility creates a way out when his favorite nephew comes to visit.
Film (short) by Misfitted Academics (Drama) Writer/Director/Producer Michael, the 10 year old son of a pastor, is plagued with anxiety and confusion as he attempts to connect with his father while struggling to make sense of the culture he's entrenched in.
You Better Run
Film (Drama and Thriller) Writer/Director/Producer A young man pays for the sins of the leaders around him. He is forced to harbor both pain and resentment while making a decision that will change the reality of everything he knows.
The Price of Being Wanda
Film by Pierrrot Joseph (Comedy) Cinematographer The trials and tribulations of Wanda's interesting dating life.
Film (short) by Misfitted Academics (Thriller) Writer/Director/Producer When one has everything to lose, what lengths will they go through to save the ones they love? Some doors are only cracked, merely exposing glimmers of the truth. What becomes your reality when you actually walk through that door? The truth is waiting...
Film by Misfitted Academics (Drama) Writer/Director/Producer A young man is force to return home and face his past directly.
The Strength to Persevere
Best Short Film - Honorable Mention - "LIttle Church" - Denton Black Film Festival
Audience Award - Right On - Trinity International Film Festival
Best Editing - "Little Church" - Detroit Filmmaker Awards
Best Lead Actor - Evan Franklin in "Little Church" - Detroit Filmmaker Awards
Best Emerging Filmmaker - Trinity International Film Festival
Top 10 Awardee - The Strength To Persevere - Film Convert Cinematography Competition