Filmmaker and educator Iverson White was born in Detroit, Michigan. After obtaining his BA in communications from Wayne State University, White joined the Graduate Repertory Company at the University of New Orleans. He later earned his MFA in film at UCLA, which granted him the Donald Davis and Jack Nicholson Awards for screenwriting.
His first film, a short called Dark Exodus (1985), was screened in national and international film festivals and received several awards, including The Paul Robeson Award from the Newark Museum, the Dore Schary Award and The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award. The film was aired nationally on PBS. In 1992, White produced his first feature film Magic Love through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Film in the Cities and other organizations. White also received the Rockefeller Fellowship for the short film The Johnson Girls (1995).
In addition to his film work, White has been involved in poetry and fiction writing, for which he has received WSU’s Tompkins Memorial Awards. He currently serves as Associate Professor in the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s department of Film and New Media.
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Education: Wayne State University, B.A. Communications; UCLA, M.F.A. 1985
On the day of his high school graduation, an African American youth battles for self-determination as a convergence of forces attempt to shuttle him toward a future of lowered expectations in S. Torriano Berry's gritty, yet tender, character study.
Visualizing the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North in sepia tones, Iverson White’s period film captures the atmosphere of early 20th century America.