JD Walker, Screenwriter/Director (Oscar Micheaux / Postwoman Movie)

JD Walker, Screenwriter/Director (Oscar Micheaux / Postwoman Movie)

Cinematographer, Crew, Director, Producer and Screenwriter

San Francisco, California

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About JD

Originally trained as an actress, Walker is the 2013 Sundance Pitching Contest Winner for her second feature, a biopic about Oscar Micheaux. Walker's development on her Oscar Micheaux feature film has been chronicled in IndieWire (Shadow and Act). Her first feature script, "The Postwoman" earned Honorable Mention in the Sundance Table Read My Screenplay Contest. Walker attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she wrote numerous cover stories for the black press, serving for 10 years as a freelance journalist, radio host, and marketing/editorial assistant for a University Press.

Walker received scholarship awards for her writing from poets E. Ethelbert Miller and Sonia Sanchez, as well as from Gregory Allen Howard (Ali, Remember the Titans) from whom she took a screenwriting class. She toured with Sonia Sanchez, as her personal assistant, and performed her poetry live at literary conferences. Walker also received a National Visionary Heritage fellowship award from Camille O. Cosby, where she was trained to perform documentary work on historic elders over the age of 70. Walker's work with Cosby is now archived in The Smithsonian and a book called "A Wealth of Wisdom" (Atria Books 2004).

Walker produced "The Postwoman" (short) for a class which later screened at many film festivals, including Frameline, The Boston LGBT Film Festival, Out in Film, The Reel Sistas of the African Diaspora Film Festival, The New York African Diaspora Film Festival, and The African American Film Festival in Portland, Oregon, to name a few, where it won best short. She considers, however, her first short to be another narrative called "The Young Oscar Micheaux," which was not produced for a class but rather for the film festival circuit and as a promo for her feature film on Oscar Micheaux.

On the collegiate level, she has taught Drama, African American Independent Filmmakers, Documentary Making for Social Justice as well as courses on the Harlem Renaissance Movement and Black Arts Movement. As early as she can remember, Walker has been writing and directing her own shorts. Her love for literature and poetry continued throughout her college years and greatly impacted her storytelling as well as her quest to bring the untold stories of African Americans to the silver screen.

Walker currently has four (4) feature films in development. Two are below:


Synopsis:
A newly divorced mother of two struggles to come out to her children and dysfunctional relatives after another woman inspires her to move the way her pulse beats and finally be herself.


THE POSTWOMAN MOVIE (OFFICIAL SITE)

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OSCAR MICHEAUX MOVIE (OFFICIAL SITE)

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  • The Postwoman

    The Postwoman Drama A hardworking single mother’s life is turned upside down when she is forced to confront her ex-husband, dysfunctional family, and children about her secret life with another woman.

  • Oscar Micheaux: Negro Pioneer

    Oscar Micheaux: Negro Pioneer Biography Oscar Micheaux, the first Black director to produce a feature length film and a "talkie" during the Harlem Renaissance movement, journeys from the bitter racist south up North to Chicago to produce race movies for his people. http://www.oscarmicheaxmovie.com

  • The Young Oscar Micheuax

    The Young Oscar Micheuax Historical A courageous and fiercely determined boy desires to make race movies after witnessing the brutal lynching of his people after Emancipation.

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