Biography: Michelle Parkerson is a writer, independent filmmaker, university lecturer and performance artist from Washington, D.C. She has served on the faculties of Temple University, the University of Delaware, Howard University, and Northwestern University. Her films include But Then She’s Betty Carter (1980), about the jazz vocalist, and Urban Odyssey (1991), both seen on PBS. She produced the documentary Gotta Make This Journey: Sweet Honey in the Rock (1983), about the black women’s a cappella ensemble. In 1992, she received a Rockefeller Foundation Film/Video Fellowship. As a member of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, she wrote and directed Odds and Ends (1993), a science-fiction short about black Amazon warriors. In 1995 she co-directed A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde with Ada Gay Griffin.
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (1997 – Ada Gay Griffin, Michelle Parkerson).
Sojourn (1973 – Jimi Lyons, Michelle Parkerson);
But Then She’s Betty Carter (1980);
I Remember Betty (1987);
Urban Odyssey (1991);
Storme: Lady of the Jewel Box (1991);
Odds and Ends (1993);
A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (1995 – Ada Gay Griffin, Michelle Parkerson).