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.

A graduate of the Center or Documentary Studiesat Duke University, Leslie’s collection of engaging film and videos have screened on public television and at film festivals in the U.S. and internationally. Feeding her hunger for producing daring and entertaining narratives that represent diverse 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) and has paved the way for more projects that would educate, entertain and feature provocative subjects and subject matter.

Consistently pushing her artistic boundaries, Leslie’s current film work,  JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana, was selected for the 2016 Sundance Institute New Frontier Program, the 2015 Cucalorus Filmmaker WIP Residency Program, the ITVS’ Diversity Development Fund in 2014, and was selected for fiscal sponsorship by the Southern Documentary Fund.

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