Danielle Beverly, visiting professional-in-residence in Marquette University’s J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, has been awarded a prestigious National MediaMaker Fellowship from the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco. National MediaMaker Fellowships support emerging artists in immersive workshops while they attend two leading national documentary film festivals.
Beverly, who was one of eight candidates selected from across the country, will receive in-kind training and production support for the continued work of her social justice documentary film, Old South, which explores how residents in a historic African-American neighborhood collide when an elite white fraternity known to fly the Confederate flag encroaches on their community.
“Danielle’s innovative work really challenges our students to not only think about storytelling in today’s digital world, but to tell stories in ways that truly inspire change and a world that is more just,” said Lori Bergen, dean of the Diederich College of Communication. The fellowship begins in March and runs through December 2014.
After graduating with an MFA in filmmaking from Columbia College Chicago, Beverly began her career at Chicago’s PBS affiliate. She has since worked as a producer and director for PBS and cable networks, an independent filmmaker, a filmmaking professor, and a cameraperson on national social issue documentary projects.
Beverly has received grants from The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, The Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund, The Puffin Foundation and the New York State Council of the Arts. In 2012, Beverly’s film, Rebirth, won a Peabody Award. She has also received the Rynne Research Fellowship from Marquette’s Center for Peacemaking, as well as the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship for Individual Artists from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.