NADINE PATTERSON is an award winning independent writer/producer/director who works at the crossroads of narrative and documentary cinema.
Her training in theatre, immersion in documentary film, and intense study of world cinema enable her to create works grounded in historical contexts, with a unique visual palette. She earned her Master of Arts in Filmmaking at the London Film School. She operates the production and consulting company Harmony Image Productions with her mother Marlene G. Patterson. Through the company they make multicultural films and media content.
Over the past 27 years she has taught video production and workshops at West Chester University, Temple University, Arcadia University, Drexel University, University of Western Sydney (Australia), Scribe Video Center and Robert Morris University.
Some of her films include : “I Used to Teach English”, Winner Gold Apple Award 1994 National Educational Film/Video Festival, Oakland, CA; “Anna Russell Jones: Praisesong for a Pioneering Spirit”, Best Documentary 1993 African American Women in the Arts Film/Video Competition, Chicago, IL; “Moving with the Dreaming”, Prized Pieces award from the National Black Programming Consortium in 1997; “Todo El Mundo Dance!” selected for the 2001-2002 Council on Foundations Film and Video Festival. Other notable works include: “Shizue”, screened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1991; and “Release” shown at the Constellation Change Dance Film Festival of London in 2006. She was the only filmmaker selected for The Biennial 2000 at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
She received funding for her film work from The Philadelphia Foundation, The National Black Programming Consortium, The Bartol Foundation, and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She was granted a 2010 fellowship in the arts to develop the feature film Tango Macbeth from the Independence Foundation. In 2011 she published her first book Always Emerging about her experiences as an independent filmmaker. In 2012 she completed her first feature narrative film Tango Macbeth which has screened in film festivals in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Mar del Plata Argentina and Paris France. In 2011 along with Ain Gordon and the Painted Bride Art Center she received a grant from the Pew Philadelphia Theater Initiative for the creation of a new work about forgotten historical places in Philadelphia. For three years Ms. Patterson curated the Trenton International Film Festival in 2010,2011,and 2012. In 2013 she was the first African American woman to write, direct and release a feature film of Shakespeare called Tango Macbeth. Tango Macbeth was featured in three film festivals in 2012 and will be on tour to New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Paris with the African Diaspora International Film Festival in 2013. Tango Macbeth was selected by Warrington Hudlin for his ‘Changing the Picture’ series at the Museum of the Moving Image in 2014. In 2016 she founded the Abierto Media Fund of Bread & Roses. Its mission is to support socially conscious independent filmmakers in Pennsylvania. She was the Visiting Documentary Filmmaker at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA Fall 2016 and currently serves as the Documentary Film Strategist for its Center of Documentary Production and Practice. She was the Outreach Producer for Black Ballerina from 2014 to 2018.
Ms. Patterson is working on short film project with the great world poet Sonia Sanchez called “Haiku and Tanka for Harriet Tubman”.
Humans of RMU: The Filmmaker, November 14, 2016 http://www.rmusentrymedia.com/arts_entertainment/features/humans-of-rmu-the-filmmaker/
Visiting Documentary Filmmaker Nadine Patterson at Robert Morris University, October 12, 2016 http://www.rmusentrymedia.com/featured-multimedia/photo-gallery/visiting-documentary-filmmaker-nadine-patterson-talk/
Interview by Sue Ann Rybak for the Chestnut Hill Local, Dec. 18th, 2015 http://www.chestnuthilllocal.com/2015/12/18/film-explores-racism-in-world-of-classical-ballet/
Interview on Blake Radio with Deardra Shuler Saturday April 19th http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blakeradio/2014/04/19/topically-yours–documentary-filmmaker-nadine-patterson
Interview with Sergio Mims at Shadow & Act April 19, 2014 http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/nadine-pattersons-tango-macbeth-screening-in-harlem-4-23-and-an-interview-w-the-filmmaker
April 26, 2013: “Painted Bride Productions on 19th Century Women touch familiar issues” by Stephan Salisbury http://articles.philly.com/2013-04-26/news/38819759_1_early-women-mob-timbuktu
April 21, 2013: “Painted Bride tells female abolitionists story” by Bobbi Booker http://www.phillytrib.com/lifestylesarticles/itemlist/tag/If%20She%20Stood.html
April 16, 2013: “Penn Charter contributes to PIFA’s “If She Stood” Exhibit by Alaina Mabaso http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local//roxborough/53537-penn-charter-painted-bride-
April 2013, PhillyCam Video Interview on “Freedom, Fire and Promiscuous Meetings” posted in HipCinema http://wp.me/pdrGS-CD
A PARTIAL LISTING OF FILMS
Tango Macbeth (Philadelphia, 2012, HD, 73 min) Writer/Director. A documentary film crew follows the creation of a new dance theater film piece called Tango Macbeth. Occasionally the actors become lost in Shakespeare’s intense drama. The film was screened at the Museum of the Moving Image as part of Warrington Hudlin’s ‘Changing the Picture’ series. Tango Macbeth is currently being released theatrically across the USA through Tugg Inc.
Release (London, 2005, Super 16mm, 13:05) Writer/Director/Editor. This film is about the power of dance to communicate the things that we cannot express in words. Husband and wife dance couple separate when she pursues a career overseas. He stays behind to raise their daughter. In 2006 Release was screened as part of the following film festivals: Constellation Change Screen Dance Festival in London, the Dance Boom Film Festival in Philadelphia, the Roxbury Film Festival in Boston, and the Denver Pan African Film Festival.
LickFILM (London, 2004, 16mm, 2 min) Writer/Director/Editor An editor grapples with his love/hate relationship with film. Voice over: “If you are not sure which side is the emulsion side, you can wet you finger and touch it. Or you can put it between you lips and lick it”. Dancer/Choreographer Jonathan McDermott. Music by Lenny Seidman and the Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra. Director of Photography Jean-Philippe Tremblay. Vocals (in order): Manu Dellape, Carlos Navarrete-Patino and Ailise O’Neil. Video Installation for “From Taboo to Icon” at the Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia 2008.
Cosmic Trane (Philadelphia, 2003, DVCAM, 14:00) Writer/Director/Camera/Producer Cosmic Trane is a 14-minute experimental video that uses music, movement, visual art, and documentary footage to convey some of the issues explored in John Coltrane’s music. Broadcast on WYBE TV 35 as part of Philadelphia Stories.
LoqueeshaAshleyFranklinJoséBrown (2001, DV 18:00) Writer/Director/Camera/Editor Produced by Harmony Image Productions. An experimental documentary about children in Philadelphia, with poetry by Ursula Rucker. Screened at the High Falls Film Festival in Rochester, New York and the 24th Mill Valley Film Festival in California. Broadcast on WYBE TV 35 –Philadelphia Stories. Shown on DUTV.
Moving with the Dreaming (Australia 1997, 29:17) Writer/Director/Producer Explores the cross-cultural collaboration between African Americans and Aboriginal and Islander Australians in the area of modern dance and social activism. Broadcast on public television in Philadelphia PA and Tucson, Arizona. Winner of a Prized Pieces award of the National Black Programming Consortium 1997.
Anna Russell Jones:Praisesong for a Pioneering Spirit (1993, 26:00) Writer/Director Meet Mrs. Anna Russell Jones, a textile designer in the1920’s and 30’s, a WAAC during World War II, and a nurse in the 1950’s- a professional career woman ahead of her times. Narrated by Toni Cade Bambara. Aired on WHYY TV 12. Winner of best documentary African American Women in the Arts Film /Video Festival Chicago 1993.