Tanya Hamilton


Tanya Hamilton is a Jamaica-born filmmaker who made her feature film debut with the award-winning Night Catches Us. The film won five Black Reel Awards, including Best Film and Best Screenplay. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, four Image Awards, a Gotham Award, a Chlotrudis Award, and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. In the film, Anthony Mackie plays a young man who returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age and must confront his complicated past in the Black Panther movement. The film also stars Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce and features a soundtrack by The Roots. Hamilton also wrote and directed the short film “The Killers,” which won the Panorama Award of the New York Film Academy. She directed an episode of Split Screen, a magazine-format show featuring diversity among American independent filmmakers, and served as third grip on Tom Kalin’s Swoon, an independent film that won a slew of prizes.    

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