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September 16, 2020 7:00–9:45 pm
DEMAN Live Conversation

Script to Screen with MISS JUNETEENTH (2020 Sundance & SXSW Film Festivals, Official Selection)

Partnership with DukeCreate & DEMAN Live

Taught by Neil Creque Williams '06 and Channing Godfrey Peoples

About the Workshop

7pm EST (screening) and 8:45pm (Q&A)

For this special episode, DukeCreate & DEMAN Live are teaming up with Duke Black Alumni, Duke Cinematic Arts, Screen/Society, Duke Alumni and the Duke Department of African & African American Studies, for a special virtual screening of MISS JUNETEENTH, concluding with a filmmaker Q&A featuring the film’s producer, Duke alum Neil Creque Williams ’06, and writer/director Channing Godfrey Peoples. Neil, Channing and the creative team from MISS JUNETEENTH will take us behind the scenes and share the creative process of their feature film, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and won the Louis Black “Lone Star” Award at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, as well as answer your questions.


Screen/Society, a presentation of Duke Cinematic Arts, provides ambitious and entertaining film programming for the Triangle community, specializing in regional theatrical premieres of global and independent art films and repertory programs, including international classics, Hollywood genre works, and director retrospectives. All screenings are free and open to the public.

Duke Black Alumni (DBA) is an organization dedicated to maximizing the success of the University’s current and future Black alumni. DBA’s membership is multicultural, global and comprises alumni across all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. We consist of 11 chapters throughout the U.S and are expanding. Watch our recent series of lectures “Black in 2020”: Duke Black Alumni.

About the Panel

Neil Creque Williams ’06 is a 2017 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. He most recently produced MISS JUNETEENTH (SUNDANCE 2020) and has produced original content for Refinery29 and Level Forward. Neil has received support from Sundance Institute, IFP, SFFilm/Rainin and Westridge Foundation. As a Writer/Director, Neil’s shorts have played international film festivals and been featured in Time, Inc publications. Originally from North Carolina, Neil received his BA from Duke University and his MFA in Film Production from USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Channing Godfrey Peoples is a Writer/Director. She is a MFA graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and one of Filmmaker Magazine “25 New Faces of Independent Film“ for 2018. As an African-American woman, her films are character-driven stories focusing on the resilience of the human spirit, often featuring black women at a turning point in their lives. She is a Sundance Fellow, Austin Film Society Fellow, SFFilm/Westridge Foundation Fellow, King Family Foundation Recipient and has served as a Time Warner Artist-in-Residence. Her short film, Red, is a DGA Student Jury Award Winner, among other honors. Channing wrote two episodes on Season 3 of Queen Sugar (OWN Network). She also wrote and directed a short film, Doretha’s Blues, that was made possible by the support of Refinery 29 and Level Forward in their Shatterbox Anthology series. Most recently, her feature film debut, Miss Juneteenth, premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and won the Louis Black “Lone Star” Award at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.

Dr.Treva Lindsey, AM’06, PhD’10, specializes in African American women’s history, black popular and expressive culture, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory, and sexual politics. Her first book is Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington D.C. She has published in The Journal of Pan-African Studies, Souls, African and Black Diaspora, the Journal of African American Studies, African American Review, The Journal of African American History, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Urban Education, The Black Scholar, Feminist Studies, Signs, and the edited collection, Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem. She was the inaugural Equity for Women and Girls of Color Fellow at Harvard University (2016-2017). She is currently working on her next book project tentatively titled, Hear Our Screams: Black Women, Violence, and The Struggle for Justice.

Mark Anthony Neal is Chair of the Department of African & African American Studies and the founding director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke University where he offers courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities, including signature courses on Michael Jackson & the Black Performance Tradition, and The History of Hip-Hop, which he co-teaches with Grammy Award Winning producer 9th Wonder (Patrick Douthit). He also co-directs the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity (DCORE).

He is the author of several books including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1999), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002) and Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities (2013). The 10th Anniversary edition of Neal’s New Black Man was published in February of 2015 by Routledge. Neal is co-editor of That’s the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge), now in its second edition. Additionally Neal host of the video webcast Left of Black, which is produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke. You can follow him on Twitter at @NewBlackMan.

About the Location

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. You’ll need a special link to join the workshop—follow the registration link at the top of page to get it.

About DukeCreate & DEMAN LIVE

DukeCreate & DEMAN are partnering to offer a new summer Zoom series teaching creative career skills. Tune into each episode to hear alumni working in creative industries share deep dives on their projects, give behind-the-scenes insight, and answer your questions. DEMAN Live meets DukeCreate, free on Zoom, open to everyone — but designed especially to support Dukies learn new skills and expand career opportunities during this challenging and stressful time. Checkout upcoming episodes on DukeCreate Workshops, and watch videos of previous episodes on the DEMAN Lounge via

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

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Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).