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JD Walker

Screenwriter & Director, The Postwoman Movie
Bay Area
JD Walker's feature script, "The Postwoman," is a currently a "SEMI-FINALIST" in this year's HBFF. Her script, which is still being judged, also made it as a Finalist at LA Femme Film Festival Screenplay Competition (October 11-14, 2012). Click on the link above to find out more. "The Postwoman" is a dramatic feature film starring Margaret Laurena Kemp (Children of God 2010) as a newly divorced mother of two who risks losing the support of her family when another woman inspires her to move the way her pulse beats and finally be herself.

Originally from the Bay Area, Walker is a multidisciplinary artist whose background is not only in film, but also theater, journalism, and publishing. She has an undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) in Theater from San Francisco State University and a Graduate Degree in African American Literature from Howard University, where she taught for several years in the Black Studies Department. As a leading actress, she toured with the African American Shakespeare Company and SF Mime Troupe, won a CA Forensic State Championship in Drama, and is featured in independent films. Currently, she teaches Documentary Making and Independent Black Cinema on the collegiate level. As a journalist, she wrote feature stories on African American poets and writers (like Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou, and Dorothy Height) for Heart & Soul magazine, The New York Amsterdam News, The Washington Informer, The Tennessee Tribune, The Black World Today, and other leading Black newspapers. Walker was Howard University Bookstore's first trade book buyer and worked for several years in the Marketing and Editorial Department at the Howard University Press.

In 2010, her first short, “The Postwoman,” premiered at Black Hollwood's Sista's are Doin' it for Themselves Film Festival. It also screened at Frameline 34, The Boston LGBT Film Fest, Out in Film, PDX's African American Film Fest, where it won "Best Short," the Reel Sista's of the African Diaspora Film Festival, and several other fests.

Walker is finishing two screenplays while honing cast and crew for "The Postwoman," which is also a "FINALIST" at the La Femme Film Festival in LA (October 11-14, 2012).

Visit her feature film on the web: http://www.thepostwomanmovie.com

Twitter: @PostwomanMovie