Leslie McCleave

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Leslie McCleave is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker who works across a variety of media. Most recently, she produced and directed the feature documentary, HOW SWEET THE SOUND - THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, the first film about this legendary gospel group. Her supernatural, environmental-awareness fiction feature, ROAD, won the Outstanding Performance Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was acquired by Showtime, iTunes and Snag Films. Her narrative shorts have won top awards at Sundance, SXSW, Locarno, and San Francisco International Film Festivals. She also created the 9/11 sound and video installation, CEDARLIBERTY (in 2010 with Elena del Rivero), which was presented at International Center of Photography and the New York State Museum. Her work has received support from Creative Capital, National Endowment for the Arts, IFP Radziwill Documentary Fund, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Irish Film Board and the Sundance Institute. She has an MFA in film production from New York University and is on the Media Studies faculty at Queens College, City University of New York, and has also taught at Emerson College and the New School.