William I. Jennings
Assistant Professor of Radio, Television, Film
Dempster Hall 307
Send an Email
Degrees: MFA, 2012, Goddard Coll; BFA, 1986, SUNY Coll Purchase
Bill’s feature film Harlem Aria was the winner of audience awards for best picture at The Chicago International Film Festival, The Urbanworld Film Festival, The Pan African Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival as well as a special commendation from the Maryland Film Festival. It was the Centerpiece Selection of the National Black Arts Festival, an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival and the Munich International Film Festival among others. Harlem Aria was release in the US in 2011 by Magnolia Pictures and was distributed in several countries including Germany, United Kingdom and France. The film is now available in all major video venues including Netflix and iTunes.
Bill finished Principal Photography on Spell, a feature length narrative film, in October 2011. The film is currently in post-production. Bill also recently completed a experimental film triptych: Three Poems. He is currently working on another series of experimental films based on Haikus. In 2011 he founded Black X: The African Diaspora Experimental Film Series in collaboration with the Albert Maysles Institute in NYC, of which he is a member of the Board of Directors.
Recent writing projects include an adaptation of the Victor Pelevin novel Buddha’s Little Finger for Intrinsic Value and Go East Productions of Moscow, Russia, which is scheduled to begin production in September 2012. The screenplay received the Berlin Medienboard Development Grant.
As a member of the Director's Guild of America, Bill worked as an Assistant Director on major studio films such as Clean Slate, Airheads, Beverly Hills Cop III, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, New Jack City, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Storyville, and Boomerang. He also worked as an Assistant Director on the television series such as Saturday Night Live, The Cosby Mysteries, Central Park West, New York Undercover, Prince Street and Dellaventura.
Bill is also the Co-Director of the acclaimed Documenting Diversity Summer Program, which the University established in 2006.
Bill received his M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and his B.F.A. from the Film Conservatory at Purchase College.