Leslie Cunningham
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A raconteur with a journalistic background, Leslie Cunningham is an artist, filmmaker and multimedia producer. A graduate of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Leslie’s collection of engaging film and videos have screened on public television and at film festivals in the U.S. and internationally. Leslie's debut feature documentary film, M.I., A Different Kind of Girl (2012), was chosen for Massimadi, the LGBT Film Festival of Africa and its Diasporas (2016), Gender Reel Film Festival (2014), The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2012), Atlanta’s Out On Film (2012) and has paved the way for more projects that would educate, entertain and feature provocative subjects and subject matter. Consistently pushing her artistic boundaries, Leslie's current documentary film work in progress, JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana, was selected for the 2016 Sundance Institute New Frontier Program, the 2015 Cucalorus Filmmaker WIP Residency Program, the ITVS' Diversity Development Fund in 2014, and was selected for fiscal sponsorship by the Southern Documentary Fund. Leslie currently resides in Durham, NC, where she is committed to mentoring young filmmakers and collaborating with other artists and entrepreneurs.