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|Parent(s)||Laurence Duke, Judy Duke|
Alison "Goldie" Duke (born) is a Toronto based award-winning Film director, film producer, screenwriter, and visual artist who tells stories to help push the African diaspora forward.
Alison Duke was born in Scarborough, Canada after her parents migrated from Guyana. She is the middle child of five children with one of them being her half sister. When her father Laurence Duke immigrated to Canada, he got a job as a type-setter while Judy Duke took care of the kids. Duke went to Midland collegiate before transferring to Agincourt Collegiate. She did her undergrad at the University of Windsor for Kinesiology (1991) before getting her Masters of Human Kinetics (1994). Duke also got her Masters of Fine Arts at York University (2020).
Duke won many accolades in the sport of basketball growing up. She won the MVP and Athlete of the Year at John McCrae public school, played at Agincourt C.I., and UPIE all before university. She played basketball for the University of Windsor from 1989 - 1991 and was team MVP, female Athlete of the year and second-team Academic All Canadian. She was on a Toronto Rep team that travelled to the Netherlands one summer to play European club teams. Duke was inducted to the University of Windsors Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 for basketball.
Before her first feature documentary Raisin' Kane: A Rapumentary (2000) about the trails and tribulations of her brother's band as they released their first album in Canada, Duke was a music director. With the help from a music video production company Raje Filmhouse, she produced for urban Canadian artists like Citizen Kane, K.Os, the Rascals and Nelly Furtado. Her first feature was a hit and won the HBO prize at the Urbanword (2000), and Reelworld Film Festival for Academy Award for Best Documentary(2000). Duke then became a field director and segment producer on different lifestyle shows. It wasn't long before she made her way to social issue docs creating; A Deathly Silence(2003), Positive Women: Exposing Injustice (2012), Women on the Move(2013), etc.
After working on Dudley Speaks for Me (2016) with Ngardy Conteh George, the two decided to team up and founded OYA Media Group. With this joint partnership came the birth of projects like Mr. Jane and Finch (2019).
Now interested in fictional storytelling, Duke wrote her first short film Promise Me (2020).
|2019||Cool Black North|
|2013||Women on the Move|
|2012||Positive Women: Exposing Injustice|
|2020||Promise me||Ex. producer|
|2019||Mr. Jane and Finch||Producer|
|2016||The Akua Benjamin Legacy Project: Celebrating 50 years of black activism||Producer|
|2014||Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People||Canadian outreach producer|
|2013||Women on the Move||Producer|
|2012||Positive Women: Exposing Injustice||Producer|
|2019||Tallawah Abroad: Remembering Little Jamaica|
|2019||Mr. Jane and Finch|
|2013||Women on the Move|
|2003||Witness: A Deathly Silence|
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- "Women's basketball coaches' preceptions of factors influencing decisions to call timeout". University of Windsor.
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- "Mr. Jane and Finch". CBCDOCSPOV.
- "Promise Me: Panel discussion with Alison Duke and cast and crew moderated by Alanna Thain and Emilie Poirier". Archive Counterarchive.