Alison Duke

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Born
Scarborough, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Other namesGoldie
CitizenshipCanada
Occupation
  • Film Director
  • Film Producer
  • Film Screenwriter
  • Visual Artist
Years active2000-present
Children1
Parent(s)Laurence Duke, Judy Duke
Relatives
  • Elton Duke (brother)
  • Howard Duke (brother)
  • Jeff "Spade" Duke (brother)
  • Garrison Duke (brother)
  • Holis Ramsey (half-sister)
Websitehttps://www.oyamediagroup.com/

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[1].

Early Life

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)[2] before getting her Masters of Human Kinetics (1994)[3]. Duke also got her Masters of Fine Arts at York University (2020)[4].

Basketball

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[5].

Career

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[6]. 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[7]. 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[8]. With this joint partnership came the birth of projects like Mr. Jane and Finch (2019)[9].

Now interested in fictional storytelling, Duke wrote her first short film Promise Me (2020)[10].

Partial filmography

Director
Year Film
2020 Promise me
2019 Cool Black North
2015 Consent
2013 Women on the Move
2012 Positive Women: Exposing Injustice
Producer
Year Film Role
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
Writer
Year Film
2020 Promise me
2019 Tallawah Abroad: Remembering Little Jamaica
2019 Mr. Jane and Finch
2013 Women on the Move
2003 Witness: A Deathly Silence

References

  1. ""A Day in the life" with Toronto film producer Alison Duke". Toronto Guardian.
  2. "Women's basketball coaches' preceptions of factors influencing decisions to call timeout". University of Windsor.
  3. "Alison Duke". Linkedin.
  4. "Alumni". York U.
  5. "Five Lancers inducted into Alumni Sports Hall of Fame". Golancers.
  6. "Alison Duke". Mediaqueer.ca.
  7. "Alison Duke". cfccreates.com.
  8. "A quiet storm is brewing in Toronto's film industry". Oyamediagroup.
  9. "Mr. Jane and Finch". CBCDOCSPOV.
  10. "Promise Me: Panel discussion with Alison Duke and cast and crew moderated by Alanna Thain and Emilie Poirier". Archive Counterarchive.

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