D.E. Wynter

Dianah Wynter
Professor, Media Theory & Criticism Option
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  • Classic Filmmakers
  • Film as Literature
  • Media & Society
  • Intermediate Film Directing 

Current Research

  • Contemporary Women Auteur Filmmakers
  • Consumerism and race in children’s programming


  • M.F.A.    Yale University School of Drama
  • M.F.A.    American Film Institute
  • B.A.       Princeton University


"James Earl Jones," "Benson," "Doc McStuffins," and "Equal Justice."  Race in American Television: Voices and Visions that Shaped a Nation.  
      ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Publishing. 2019.

“Combat, Couture and Caribbeana: Cultural Process in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther” (Chapter). Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies. 2018.

The Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen, Editor and Contributor. Palgrave MacMillan 2016.
      Chapter: “Darling, have you seen my Strindberg book”: Dialogism in Woody Allen’s  Match Point

“Identifying Stereotypes: The Stories TV Tells Black Children and How to ‘Appreciate Them.”  Communicating Prejudice. Vol. II. Nova Publishing. 2017.

“The West Wing by Janet McCabe.” (Review) Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Vol. 42.  Fall 2014 

Panels & Guest Lectures

University Film & Video Association Conference. Panel:  Once Upon a Time
     “Narrative by Data: The Stories Nickelodeon & Nielsen Tell Black Children” August  2013. 

Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association 111th Conference. Panel: Woody Allen Abroad
     “Dialogism as Social Discourse in Woody Allen’s Match Point.” November 2013

University of West Virginia’s Annual Colloquium: On The Language of Humor in Literature and Film.
     “Black Romantic Comedies & the Status of African American Images at the Box Office
     Both Domestic and Abroad”  Sept. 2012

University of Houston. Guest Lecture.
     “Nonfiction Film Adaptation in Hollywood.”  October 2009.

Pacific Lutheran University Dept. of Film and Television. Guest Lecture.
     “The Relativity of Celebrity in the Expansion of Cultural Genocide”  October 2009

Broadcast Educators Association. Panel Observations of Audiences Beyond our Borders
     Exhibition Venues & Values in Trinidad & Tobago.” BEA 2009

CSU San Francisco Panel: Emerging Trends in Entertainment 
     “Storage Technology in Digital Location Shooting”  March 2008

Directing credits (partial):

HappySAD (feature film) (Special Jury Honor, Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival);

Intimate Betrayal (Starz and BET); ABC television movie Daddy's Girl
     (Emmy nomination for Best Director)

Vegan with Joy (Web series). Amazon Streaming.

Soul Food (Showtime)

The Parkers (Paramount)

The Secret World of Alex Mack  (Nickelodeon)

ESPN's Bearing the Torch: Politics & the Olympics, a documentary chronicling the history
     of the modern Olympic Games (Co-Exec Producer)

The Interrogation of Nathan Hale – World Premiere (South Coast Rep);

Mules at San Francisco's Magic Theatre.

Fences at Seattle Rep. (Second company staging)


Best Shorts Competition. La Jolla California 2013 Honors for Educational Category.
      Vegan with Joy (web series)

Pan African Film Festival. 2009 Special Jury Honors. Feature film HappySAD

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 1997 Daytime Emmy Nomination for Best Director.
     Daddy’s Girl (ABC After School Special)

Singleton Test