Zachary Cornell Cunningham

Zachary Cornell Cunningham

Misfitted Academicos

Detroit, Michigan

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November 2013
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About Zachary

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'."


  • In a Sentimental Mood

    In a Sentimental Mood (2021)
    Film Director

  • Affliction

    Affliction (2020)
    Film Producer

  • Right On

    Right On (2019)
    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.

  • My Escape

    My Escape (2019)
    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.

  • Little Church

    Little Church (2018)
    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

    You Better Run (2017)
    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.

  • Writer's Block

    Writer's Block (2017)
    Film Director

  • The Price of Being Wanda

    The Price of Being Wanda (2016)
    Film by Pierrrot Joseph (Comedy) Cinematographer The trials and tribulations of Wanda's interesting dating life.

  • The Crack

    The Crack (2014)
    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...

  • Regrets

    Regrets (2014)
    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

    The Strength to Persevere (2013)
    Film Producer


  • 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

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