About Leslie


A raconteur with a journalistic background, Leslie Cunningham is an artist, filmmaker, multimedia producer, collaborator and creator of TRIBES Magazine, a popular online publication known for telling stories from the frontline of urban music, arts and culture.

Leslie is a graduate of the Center or Documentary Studies at Duke University, Her collection of engaging film and videos have screened on public television, online and at film festivals in the U.S. and internationally. Feeding her hunger for producing daring and entertaining narratives that represent a diversity of subjects and communities, Leslie’s debut feature documentary film, M.I., A Different Kind of Girl (2012), was chosen for Massimadi, the LGBT Film Festival of Africa and its Diasporas (2016), Gender Reel Film Festival (2014), The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2012), Atlanta’s Out On Film (2012)- which has paved the way for more projects that would educate, entertain and feature provocative subjects and subject matter.

Leslie is consistently pushing her artistic boundaries. Nearly ten years in the making, Leslie’s current documentary film project is  JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana. Coming 2019. JIG SHOW received ITVS’ Diversity Development Funding in 2014, was selected for the Cucalorus Filmmaker WIP Residency Program in 2015, and the Sundance Institute New Frontier Program. The film project us currently sponsored by the Southern Documentary Fund.

Leslie is a member of Film Fatales, an inclusive community of women feature film and television directors. She is also committed to mentoring young filmmakers and collaborating with other artists and entrepreneurs. Contact her at lesliecunninghampro@gmail.com.