David Massey is an Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Education from Ohio Dominican University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Advanced Film & Television from the American Film Institute. He is the first African American in the history of the Academy Awards to be nominated for an Oscar in the Live-Action Short Film category. Massey has produced and directed several films, commercials and television shows including, Last Breeze of Summer (Showtime), NAACP Award winner Men of Courage (PBS and BET), Dare to Struggle... Dare to Win, Fespaco and They Are Not All Lost. Massey's latest projects include: Island Song, 66-0 Compton's Living Legends, and Lost & Found.
Presently, Massey is the co-chair of the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers, West (BAD-West) in Los Angeles and an adjunct professor at Pasadena City College. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including The Martin Ritt Scholarship; the Eastman Kodak Second Century Honoree; induction into The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame; The National Education Association for the "Advancement of Learning through Broadcasting"; the National Black Programming Consortium "Prized Pieces"; PBS "Innovator Teacher's Award"; and the Heartland Film Festival's Crystal Heart. Additionally, Massey is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Dawn is the Producer/Writer and mother of a young African American male, and as such created this project with a deeply felt commitment to his safety and the safety of other young black men in America. WHEN JUSTICE ISN'T JUST is her most recent attempt to address Justice, since: "Justice can only exist within the coordinates of equality, and is the constant and perpetual disposition to render every person his due."
Dawn is also currently the Producer and Writer of the award winning documentary They Are Not All Lost, which focuses on youth of color who overcome adversity and achieve success in life. She also produced the short film Baby Girl as well as several award-winning commercials and public service announcements for TBWA/Chait/Day and Grey Advertising.
Dawn is a winner of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award for her screenplay Madness. With an MFA from UCLA, Dawn was a finalist with the Carl Sautter Memorial Scriptwriting Competition. She is also a line producer for the television show American Gladiator, and as well on several music videos directed by F. Gary Grey (Straight Outta Compton, The Italian Job) and director Paul Hunter (Bulletproof Monk).
WHEN JUSTICE ISN’T JUST Trailer
- Documentary Film Screening
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