Angela Tucker is a writer, director, and producer whose career has been marked with creative, bold and varied social issue based projects, including feature length films, documentary and fiction shorts, web series, advocacy videos, and PSAs.
Tucker’s directorial debut (A)SEXUAL, a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction – called “brightly assembled” by Variety – is the first film ever made on this subject matter. Premiering at Frameline, the largest LGBT film festival in the US, the film screened at over 20 other festivals internationally (Mix Copenhagen, Hamburg Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival).
Featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life,” she created the satirical, documentary web series, BLACK FOLK DON’T, which examines and challenges common stereotypes. The series was also featured on NPR, The Root, Huffington Post, and PBS’ Online Film Festival.
Tucker is the Series Producer for PBS documentary series AFROPOP, which is airing its fifth season in 2013, and is a Co-Producer on THE NEW BLACK, a feature length documentary currently in production about the complicated histories of the African American and LGBT civil rights movements, honored with the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access. She served as Associate Producer and Outreach Director for the Emmy-nominated documentary, DEADLINE, which aired on NBC. She also served as the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company that is a project of Arts Engine, Inc. There she worked in various production capacities for several documentaries for PBS including Beyond the Steps: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, ARCTIC SON, ELECTION DAY, TEACHER AND PUSHING THE ELEPHANT. Tucker also directed two pieces for The National Black Programming Consortium and ITVS Masculinity Project Initiative, entitled INVISIBLE MEN: GREGORY’S STORY AND ANDREW’S STORY about two formerly homeless men.
Tucker’s ability to reflect the complex lives of real people has led her to direct and produce educational videos for non-profit organizations such as Johns Hopkins Medical Center’s Project Restore and National Advocates for Pregnant Women and has directed celebrity PSAs for Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), in addition to national spots for broadcasters such as Nickelodeon. She founded TuckerGurl, a production company for films, theatrical productions and consulting services and created Dilate World, an organization that used film, theater and multimedia to challenge cultural stereotypes.
Tucker has made multiple fiction shorts, including The Birthday Girl, which she first wrote as a play (Divine), produced in New York City lounges and then adapted into a short film. Her work has been screened nationally and internationally by a variety of prestigious festivals, to significant acclaim. Other projects Tucker has worked on were featured at national and international festivals: Sundance, SXSW, Stockholm Film Festival, IDFA, Human Rights Watch, Nashville Film Festival, SilverDocs and Urban World.
The recipient of many awards and recognitions, Tucker was a Jury Member for Academia Olomouc, Czech Republic (2011), Atlanta Film Festival (2010) and Silverdocs (2010). She was a Featured Leader at the National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture (NAMAC), 2009 and was awarded an Artist Residency at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2010. She pitched projects at Good Pitch, New York, NY, 2010 and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and participated in Independent Feature Project (IFP) Market (2007 & 2008) and New Media Institute, National Black Programming Consortium, 2007. She was the Guest Curator at The Taste of Art Short Screening Series, 2006.
An expert outreach campaign manager, Tucker knows how to increase and leverage audience engagement and impact of a project, her efforts leading to screenings on Capitol Hill and in closed door Senate meetings. She taught filmmaking at New York Film Academy and regularly speaks at universities about everything from concept development to execution, distribution, and audience engagement. She was Assistant Director of The St. Edward’s Youth Video Project, a youth program based in Spanish Harlem, and worked in arts management for several years at Mabou Mines, Lincoln Center Theater, The Pearl Theater Company and Hartford Stage.
Tucker received her MFA in Film from Columbia University (Directing Concentrate), where she was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship, a grant from the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and two Milos Forman Finishing Funds. She also earned a BA with Honors in Theater and African American Studies from Wesleyan University. Tucker’s writing has appeared on MediaRights, The Independent and Huffington Post. She is a born and raised New Yorker and can be followed on Twitter @tuckergurl.