Shari Carpenter

Shari Carpenter




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Shari Carpenter's debut feature film, “Kali's Vibe” won both the Jury Award and the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Denver Pan African Film Festival and a Vision Award at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival and was a nominee finalist for the IFP Independent Spirit Award. It has screened in over three dozen festivals both nationally and internationally to glowing reviews and is being released on DVD by Film Life Inc. She also directed the independent feature, "Building Girl." Ms. Carpenter most recently directed her fifth short film, “Eye Wonder,” which is part of a collaborative feature entitled, “Wonder….” Her other short films include “Walk,” which is currently on tour as part of the Creatively Speaking Shorts Program, “Call Me On It,” “The Assistant” and "Since Lisa," which won awards at the Black Filmmaker's Hall of Fame, the Black American Cinema Society and the Rochester International Film Festival and screened at the Seattle Film Festival, among several others. Both “Since Lisa” and "Call Me On It" aired on BET J's 'The Best Shorts" and “Call Me On It” is part of an AIDS/HIV Awareness educational film tour. She was recently invited to join the NYC Directors Group whose membership is made up of some New York’s most notable independent filmmakers including Jim McKay, Mary Harron, Gary Winick and Mira Nair. She is also a member of DNA (Directors ‘n Actors), a directors laboratory. Ms. Carpenter has received a New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) grant, an Eastman fund grant and she was nominated for a Rockefeller Grant. She is an active participant in the ABC Writer/Director Development program. She was selected as one, of two fellows, to participate in the Independent Feature Project's (IFP) inaugural Project Involve: NY program. She has taught workshop on directing actors, screenwriting and script supervision; appeared as a panelist on the Black Filmmakers in the Director’s Chair Roundtable, Career Days at the Apollo and Brooklyn Academy of Music sponsored by the New York Mayor’s Office of Film and Television, the Women in Film Panel, SEPIA, Washington, DC and the Women in Film Panel, Long Island University, among others. She was a filmmaker mentor for the 2008 and 2009 IFP Rough Cut Narrative Labs and she is a member of the Directors Circle of Scenarios USA, a non-profit organization that uses writing and filmmaking to foster youth leadership, advocacy and self-expression in under-served teens. Additionally Ms. Carpenter is an award winning screen and fiction writer and she currently freelances for Creative Screenwriting and Filmmaker Magazine. During her career as a script supervisor, Ms. Carpenter worked on notable films such as "The First Wives Club," "The Best Man," "Waiting to Exhale" and "Malcolm X."

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