Damani Baker

BA, Sarah Lawrence College. BA, MFA, University of California-Los Angeles, School of Film and Television. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Baker was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of “25 new faces in independent film.” His career spans documentaries, music videos, museum installations, and advertisements. Documentaries include The House on Coco Road, which revisits the events and circumstances of the 1983 US invasion of Grenada, and Return, an award-winning film that explores the genius of traditional African medicine. Baker directed music videos for Maiysha’s single, “Wanna Be,” which was nominated for a 2009 Grammy, and Morley’s “Women of Hope,” which was inspired by pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. As a director, his commercial clients have included Nike/Wieden & Kennedy and their 2006 World Cup “Play Beautiful” campaign and IBM. Baker has also shot several viral campaigns for Puma, Wired Magazine, BMW, and Apple for Late Night and Weekends. His first feature documentary, Still Bill, on the life and music of Bill Withers opened theatrically in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Still Bill had its television premiere on Showtime and has been seen on outlets globally, including BBC. In 2010, he shot Music for Andrew Zuckerman, a series of interviews with 50 prominent musicians, and directed two more videos in Morocco for Morley. His current projects include more than 10 films for museums in Nigeria and in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc. These films include interviews with President Bill Clinton, Dr. Kofi Annan, and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In addition, he is the director of the Quest forGlobal Healing Film Series in Bali, Indonesia, and media collaborator with the International Budget Partnership, tracking government transparency through budgets around the world. SLC, 2003–

Courses taught in Visual Arts

2013-2014
  • Filmmaking: Visions of Social Justice

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