Pamela Woolford

Writer and Filmmaker in Maryland

Pamela Woolford

Writer and Filmmaker in Maryland

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I am a filmmaker, writer, and performer—three forms of a storyteller—specializing in creative nonfiction stories, fiction inspired by true-life stories, and fiction inspired by the history of a people. My work is especially concerned with the lives of black women and girls and others whose joy, history, and inner life are underexplored in American media and popular art.

I began my career writing the award-winning screenplay Emile in the early 1990s. I was also publishing poetry, profiles, interviews, and a think piece and working as an editor for Jambalaya Magazine.

Trained in modern and ethnic dance forms, I became a member of Aurora Dance Company in the mid-‘90s and went on to choreograph and perform solo fusion dances. In the early 2000s I trained in acting at Studio Theatre in DC and trained in and began performing voiceovers.

I was also then writing a bylined column of profiles and human-interest stories for The Baltimore Sun and in 2014 ghostwrote a nonfiction book for a public figure. Author of more than 100 short stories and articles published in newspapers and journals, from Harvard University’s Transition to Poets & Writers Magazine, my work has been translated into German, selected for anthologies, and cited in books and scholarly works, including L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema ed. by Allyson Nadia Field, Jan-Christopher Horak, and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart (Univ. of California Press, 2015) and Shaping the Future of African American Film by Monica White Ndounou (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2014).

“Pamela’s artistry opens a window to allow us to view ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors in those...people,” Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones has written.

In 2017 I wrote, directed, and costarred in the vlog Truth & Story. I make my film directorial debut with my 2018 avant-garde short Generation, based on my short story “Just After Supper.”

Wynn Thomas, production designer for Hidden Figures, Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind, and numerous other Hollywood films, calls the Generation narrative “quite lovely and wonderful and full of rich imagery."

NPR Best Book author and 2018 NAACP Image Award nominee Marita Golden calls Generation "lovely and groundbreaking. Beautifully shot. Very evocative."

I am a North Beach American Film Festival Jury Award winner for Generation, a MD State Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner for screenwriting, and a recipient of an Official Citation from the MD House of Delegates.