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Deborah Riley Draper on CBS This Morning: Saturday

Deborah Riley Draper on CBS This Morning: Saturday

Deborah sits down with co-host Michelle Miller to discuss OLYMPIC PRIDE AMERICAN PREJUDICE, the new Simon & Schuster released book inspired by the film she directed.

New book from Simon & Schuster available now.

New book from Simon & Schuster available now.

Essence Magazine film coverage

Essence Magazine film coverage

Essence Magazine announces the Deborah Riley Draper-helmed film project "Coffee Will Make You Black"

OLYMPIC PRIDE AMERICAN PREJUDICE, a documentary film

OLYMPIC PRIDE AMERICAN PREJUDICE, a documentary film

Watch Now: 2017 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Documentary Film Nominee follows 18 African Americans who defied Hitler and Jim Crow at the 1936 Olympics.

Versailles '73 documentary

Versailles '73 documentary

Watch Now: Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution, the first documentary about the epic 1973 fashion showdown between the French and American designers.

TEDx GA Tech Talk

TEDx GA Tech Talk

Deborah Riley Draper delivers "ROH - Return on the Hustle" at the 2018 TEDx GA Tech Talk.

2018 Cannes Film Fest. UK Film Panel

2018 Cannes Film Fest. UK Film Panel

UK Film "How to Budget the Inclusion Rider" panel at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival with Speakers: producer Elizabeth Karlsen (Carol), Dr. Stacy L. Smith (founder & director, Annenberg Inclusion Initiative), writer/director Deborah Riley Draper (Coffee Bluff Pictures), Jennifer Smith (BFI’s head of inclusion) and Moderator: Nancy Tartaglione, international editor, Deadline

Cannes Film Festival 2017

Cannes Film Festival 2017

8th Annual International Film Finance Forum during 2017 Festival de Cannes

USA Today Diversity Campaign

USA Today Diversity Campaign

Actor Mike Colter, Filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper and Corporate Leaders Share the Importance of Healthy Conversations Surrounding Diversity & Inclusion in USA Today and Mediaplanet Campaign

Variety Magazine 2016 Documakers

Variety Magazine 2016 Documakers

Variety Magazine 2016 Top 10 Documakers to Watch

Traverse City Film Fest Directors

Traverse City Film Fest Directors

The Directors of the Official US Selection at Traverse City Film Festival

Visiting with US Consulate General

Visiting with US Consulate General

Deborah Riley Draper and Blair Underwood visits U.S. Consulate General and participate in cultural and educational initiatives for Rio 2016 Games.

IU Cinema Guest Lecturer

IU Cinema Guest Lecturer

IU Cinema 2016 Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series featured Deborah Riley Draper: Untold African American Stories

about.

Deborah Riley Draper is an award-winning and critically-acclaimed filmmaker, motivational speaker and advertising agency veteran. Variety Magazine named Draper to their “2016 Top 10 Documakers to Watch“ list. She is a 2018 TEDx speaker, 2019 Facebook SEEN Initiative participant and frequent guest on panels and in media speaking on storytelling, diversity and advertising.  Her 2019 short film Illegal Rose starring Jasmine Guy tells the story of a disengaged nurse who accidentally kidnaps a 9 year-old ICE Detention Center runaway. Draper adapted the screenplay and will direct her next project, Coffee Will Make You Black, which is produced by Octavia Spencer and Tate Taylor based on the coming-of-age novel of the same name.  Her 2016 documentary, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (www.1936olympicsmovie.com), tells the untold story of 18 African Americans who defied Hitler and Jim Crow in 1936 and is a 2017 nominee for the NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Documentary Film and qualified the 2017 Oscars. The film world-premiered at the 2016 LA Film Festival and is an official selection at many festivals, including the Traverse City Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Cambridge International Film Festival (UK), and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

Her debut film, Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution (www.versailles73movie.com), opened New York Fashion Week and Toronto Fashion Week in 2012. Versailles ‘73 is the first intimate look at the infamous Palace of Versailles fashion show fundraiser, which catapulted the American ready-to-wear to global prominence. The film was theatrical released and premiered on Viacom’s Logo TV in September 2015. Draper will serve as executive producer of the upcoming feature film version of the optioned documentary.

Draper’s leadership in advertising can be seen in campaigns for Lamborghini, Coca-Cola classic, FedEx and adidas. She has earned two regional Emmys, a Gold Effie, and several Addy Awards.

 
 
 

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