LESLIE CUNNINGHAM, Director/ Producer-- Leslie is an artist, filmmaker, documentary storyteller, collaborator and founder of TRIBES Entertainment, a boutique marketing / digital media company based in Durham, North Carolina. She is also creator of TRIBES Magazine, the award-winning urban arts and entertainment publication best known for showcasing indy artists making noise in their communities.
Driven by her passion for storytelling, Leslie has produced a collection of engaging feature film and short video for public broadcast, film festivals and the internet. Leslie’s debut feature documentary film, M.I., A Different Kind of Girl (2012), was recently chosen for Massimadi, the LGBT movie festival of Africa and its Diasporas (2016). M.I. also screened at Gender Reel film festival (2014); The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2012) and Atlanta’s Out On Film (2012). M.I. also paved the way for more projects that would educate, entertain and feature provocative subjects and subject matter.
Leslie is currently working on a trans-media documentary project about ‘Harlem in Havana’, her grandfather’s Black and Cuban traveling carnival revue that influenced entertainment and popular culture in ways that still resonate today. Leslie has worked tirelessly on several worthy video projects to raise needy money for local non-profits. She is committed to mentoring and collaborating with other women filmmakers and entrepreneurs and is a member and co-leader of Film Fatales- North Carolina. Graduate of the Certificate in Documentary Arts Program, Leslie studied at The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in Durham, NC.
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Unique traits: Super creative, wildly passionate, free-thinking multi-tasker with cool tattoos.
JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana Documentary The glorious legend of ‘Harlem in Havana’, a Black and Cuban traveling revue that endures racism, segregation and immigration laws to become popular in the 1940s through the 1960s, and the captivating man who created it - African American showman Leon Claxton, an entertainment pioneer who, earned millions and a place in history despite the insurmountable odds against him and his dreams.
JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana
Documentary by TRIBES Entertainment (Documentary, History and Biography) Director/ Producer The glorious legend of â��Harlem in Havanaâ��, a Black and Cuban traveling revue that endures racism, segregation and immigration laws to become popular in the 1940s through the 1960s, and the captivating man who created it - African American showman Leon Claxton, an entertainment pioneer who, earned millions and a place in history despite the insurmountable odds against him and his dreams.
M.I., a Different Kind of Girl
Film (Documentary and Drama) Producer Laine Brown, a title-winning male impersonator, struggles to find acceptance from her family, her community and the male-dominated drag scene.
FINDING AUMONT WHITAKER
Documentary by TRIBES Entertainment Director/ Producer At age 22, Dina learned her real father was a postman from Compton, California. Her mother told her he was married and she shouldn't interfere. Dina didn't. She convinced herself she was her father's unknown child. More than two decades later, when Dina finds his daughters on Facebook, she sets out on a 3-day trip across the country to surprise three sisters she never met. An emotional journey filled with sorrow, love and laughter, Finding Aumont Whitaker will uplift hearts and bring families closer together. Revel in the power of family, the gift that keeps on giving. Short Documentary Film (2015) Runtime: 14:02.
Center for Documentary Studies