Having garnered an MFA from NYU's Tisch Graduate Film school, Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu's short films have played at festivals nationally and internationally garnering her NYU’s prestigious Spike Lee Fellowship Award, the Princess Grace Narrative film grant and Director’s Guild of America Honorable Mentions to name a few.
Three of her shorts were acquired by and aired on HBO, her most recent being Flowers, which she co-wrote and co-directed.
Nikyatu's feature screenplay Free The Town was one of 12 projects invited to participate in Sundance Institute’s inaugural Diverse Writers Workshop. Additionally FTT was hand selected for Africa’s most prestigious Film Market, the 2013 Durban Film Mart and one of 5 narrative films selected for Film Independent's Fast Track.
Presently Nikyatu is in pre-production on her narrative film Suicide By Sunlight, a precursor to her original series by the same name. She recently won the Tribeca Film Institute and Chanel funded initiative THROUGH HER LENS, which is by invitation only. Additionally she was awarded a Rooftop Films / Adrienne Shelly Foundation Short Film Grant.
SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT SYNOPSIS
Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is introduced to her estranged twin daughters.
Nikyatu lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York.