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S. Torriano Berry

Steve T. Berry

S. Torriano Berry is an award-winning independent film producer, writer and director, born in Kansas City, Kansas. After obtaining a B.A. in Art/Photography from Arizona State University, Berry received an M.F.A. in Film Production from UCLA in 1985.

Berry has created and executive produced Black Independent Showcase and Black Visions/Silver Screen: Howard University Student Film Showcase for WHUT- TV 32, in Washington, D. C. His two TV movies The Light and When It’s Your Turn (1988) were produced through the Minority Advisory Board of WPVI-TV 6, in Philadelphia.  

Berry directed a feature-length horror film, Embalmer (1996). A short version of the film was selected as a finalist in the Showtime Network Inc.’s Black Short Filmmaker’s Showcase in 1998.  Berry is co-creator and director of the first dramatic television series of Belize, Noh Matta Wat!  He has written two novels and co-authored the film resource books, “The 50 Most Influential Black Films” (Citadel Press, 2001), and “Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema” (Scarecrow Press, 2007).  He is currently an associate professor at Howard University’s Department of Radio, Television and Film in Washington, D.C.

Kansas City, KS
Arizona State, B.A. Art/Photography; UCLA, M.F.A. Film Production, 1985


Film Role(s) Year
Rich (1982) Rich

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.

A Little Off Mark (1986) A Little Off Mark

Writer-director Robert Wheaton’s story of a shy guy, Mark (Parros), trying all the wrong the moves to meet the right girl rides high on a romantic sensibility.

Cinematographer 1986
Trumpetistically, Clora Bryant

Zeinabu irene Davis' fond portrait, rich with tunes and anecdotes of pioneering female jazz trumpeter Clora Bryant, a proponent of West Coast jazz whose early stints with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm led eventually to collaborations with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, among others.

Cinematographer 1989
Fragrance (1991) Fragrance

Conflicted by duty and fear, George heads off to war, still unresolved over the larger question of whether African Americans should be fighting for justice at home or abroad in Gay Abel-Bey's drama.

Editor 1991