Isaac Julien

Director, Documentarian, Executive
This British black independent filmmaker's meditation on poet Langston Hughes, "Looking For Langston" (1989), gained notoriety when it was shown at the New York Film Festival because of its focus on the poet's ... Read more »
Born: 01/31/1960 in East London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (15)

Derek 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

True North 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Alive TV 1984 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Segment Director

A Darker Side of Black 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

That Rush! 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Black and White in Color 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Attendant 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Young Soul Rebels 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Looking For Langston 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Media Fictions 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

This Is Not an AIDS Advertisement 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Passion of Remembrance 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Territories 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Who Killed Colin Roach? 1982 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (7)

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Darker Side of Black 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Young Soul Rebels 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Looking For Langston 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Passion of Remembrance 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Territories 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Who Killed Colin Roach? 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Derek 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Signal to Noise: Life With Television 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

The Question of Equality 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Producer
Actor (2)

Black Nations/Queer Nations 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Daddy and the Muscle Academy 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Production Management (1)

Dreaming River 1987 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Casting (1)

Looking For Langston 1990 (Movie)

(Casting)

Biography

This British black independent filmmaker's meditation on poet Langston Hughes, "Looking For Langston" (1989), gained notoriety when it was shown at the New York Film Festival because of its focus on the poet's homosexuality. In 1983, the art-student-turned-filmmaker founded Sankofa Film and Video with three other black film students and subsequently directed a series of short films.

EDUCATION

St Martin's School of Art

St Martin's School of Art

Milestones

1999

Created the film installation "The Long Road to Mazatlan"; has been displayed at galleries throughout the world

1996

Made documentary on famed revolutionary icon Frantz Fanon, "Black Skin, White Mask"

1995

Directed "That Rush!", a look at the Rush Limbaugh phenomenon

1994

Lived in NYC

1991

"Young Soul Rebels", solo feature debut, selected to open Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival

1989

Directed Peter Gabriel music video, "Shaking the Tree"

1989

Directed experimental short, "Looking For Langston"

1987

Served as assistant director on "Dreaming Rivers"

1986

Co-directed feature, "The Passion of Remembrance", with Maureen Blackwood

1984

First short film produced by Sankofa, "Territories"

1983

Directed first short film, "Who Killed Colin Roach?"

1983

Co-founded Sankofa Film and Video, a Channel 4-funded collective of young black filmmakers

Grew up in the Bow district of East London

Bonus Trivia

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Sankofa Film and Video is named for a mythical Ghanaian bird that looks into the past to prepare for the future.

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In 2000, Julien was visting lecturer in Afro-American Studies at Harvard University.

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