image: Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt
Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt broadcast January 22 brought to you by AfroPop via The World Channel
directed and produced by Marco Williams & filmed and co-produced by Danielle Beverly
DANIELLE BEVERLY is an Independent filmmaker who works as a one or two person crew, to craft observational documentaries.
Beverly’s most recent documentary Old South debuted in March 2015, and had its national broadcast on February 2nd, 2016 on The World Channel/PBS. It was the season 4 opener of the “America ReFramed” documentary series, airing during African American History Month. It also enjoyed a year long film festival and college tour. In Summer 2015 it screened in community gardens across NY State and the American South on “The Healing Spaces Tour”, funded by Wave Farm & NYSCA.
Beverly is in post-production on her feature documentary Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition (AKA “Passing it On”). She is also currently in development for her next feature, an observational documentary to be filmed in the Middle East.
Beverly began her career at Chicago’s PBS affiliate, and has directed and produced content for PBS and cable since 1999. Beverly was Field Producer for the longitudinal documentary REBIRTH over its ten-year production (Sundance World Premiere 2011; Showtime broadcast; George Foster Peabody Award; screened at The White House, US Department of State film tour; permanent exhibition at National September 11 Memorial & Museum).
Beverly’s first documentary feature Learning to Swallow (2005) followed a charismatic artist with bipolar disorder, as she struggles to rebuild her life, after a suicide attempt destroys her digestive system. The film premiered in competition at Silverdocs (2005), screened internationally, and traveled to rural communities on The Southern Circuit. In March 2015 it was broadcast on America ReFramed, with an encore national broadcast in July 2017.
Her filmmaking, photography and digital media work have received funding from The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA), The Puffin Foundation, The Chicago Cultural and Tourism Fund, The Center for Peacemaking, and The Diederich College Initiative on Communication Ethics, Values and Social Justice. In 2012, Beverly was awarded a Mary L. Nohl Artists Fellowship for Established Artists. In 2014, Beverly was awarded a BAVC National MediaMaker Fellowship.
Beverly is also a documentary Cameraperson. Projects include Marco Williams’ Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt (Audience Choice Award for Documentary, Macon Film Festival) and the social issue documentary As Goes Janesville (Independent Lens, national EMMY nomination).
She currently holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor at Northwestern University and Northwestern University in Qatar, teaching documentary and fiction filmmaking.