CHINONYE CHUKWU is a filmmaker, educator and social justice advocate. She is an Assistant Professor of Motion Pictures at Wright State University, where she teaches courses in screenwriting and directing and gives students the opportunity to work on films made through Pens to Pictures and other social justice advocacy projects throughout Ohio. Chinonye is a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award and Princeton Hodder Fellowship. Her debut feature film, "AlaskaLand," has been selected to screen globally, including the Chicago International Film Festival and the New York African Festival at Lincoln Center. The film has been released on several digital and VOD platforms. Her short film, "A Long Walk", is a short adaptation of the anthologized story, “A Walk Through the Neighborhood”, and is partially funded by a $27,000 Special Projects Grant from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. The film won a Special Jury prize at the USA Festival and "Best Short Film" at the Dayton LGBT Film Festival. It has also screened at several Academy Award Qualifying festivals, including: the Cleveland International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Chinonye is currently in development for her next feature film, in which she wrote and will direct, called "Clemency." This script is a 2017 Athena List winner for best feature script featuring a female protagonist. The film will tell the story of a prison warden’s psychological and emotional down spiral as she prepares to execute a man on death row.

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