Dante James (DMD Films LLC) is an award-winning independent filmmaker and educator. He taught at Duke University from 2005 to 2012. He is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Dayton. James won a National Emmy for his work as series producer of the PBS documentary series, "Slavery and the Making of America." His most recent documentary for the PBS series Great Performances, "Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story" has screened at film festivals in Paris and Biarritz, France and was awarded best documentary at the 2010 Pan African International Film Festival in Cannes, France. He wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed dramatic short film "The Doll." Based on a short story by Charles W. Chesnutt, "The Doll" was named best dramatic short film at the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival. For Blackside Films he executive produced the PBS series, "This Far by Faith." His earlier Blackside films have been honored with the DuPont Columbia Silver Baton. Dante James has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Grand Valley State University. James served as guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is a member of the Writers and Directors Guilds.