Chinonye Chukwu

CHINONYE CHUKWU is Assistant Professor of Film Production at Wright State University, where she teaches courses in screenwriting and directing in the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures. She is a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award and Princeton Hodder Fellowship. Her debut feature film, AlaskaLand, has been selected to screen globally, including the Chicago International Film Festival and the New York African Festival at Lincoln Center. The film is currently available on iTunes, VOD and other digital and broadcast platforms. Chinonye’s short film, The Dance Lesson, premiered at the Ritz Theater of Philadelphia and was later licensed by mindTV for regional network distribution. The film was also a Regional Finalist for the 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Awards. Currently, Chinonye has just completed her next project, entitled A Long Walk. The film is a short adaptation of the anthologized story, “A Walk Through the Neighborhood”, and is partially funded by a $27,000 Special Projects Grant from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. The film continues to thrive on the festival circuit, winning a Special Jury prize at the USA Festival and "Best Short Film" at the Dayton LGBT Film Festival. It has also screened at several Academy Award Qualifying festivals, including: the Cleveland International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival and the Rhode Island ...

alaskaLand (2013)

An estranged Nigerian-American brother and sister are forced to reconnect in their hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chinonye Chukwu
CAST:  Alex Ubokudom  •  Chioma Dunkley  •  Corey Campbell  •  Ifedoo Enigwe

An estranged Nigerian-American brother and sister are forced to reconnect in their hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chinonye Chukwu
CAST:  Alex Ubokudom  •  Chioma Dunkley  •  Corey Campbell  •  Ifedoo Enigwe

A Long Walk (2014)

A father humiliates his son by parading him through the neighborhood in women's clothing in front of all the other kids on a summer day. The impact of that decision ripples through his family and best friend's lives for years to come. This story is based on true events.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chinonye Chukwu
CAST:  Colman Domingo  •  Francois Battiste  •  Jibreel Mawry  •  Darius Darby

A father humiliates his son by parading him through the neighborhood in women's clothing in front of all the other kids on a summer day. The impact of that decision ripples through his family and best friend's lives for years to come. This story is based on true events.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chinonye Chukwu
CAST:  Colman Domingo  •  Francois Battiste  •  Jibreel Mawry  •  Darius Darby

Bottom (2013)

A sexually-charged power struggle between two lovers reveals a lot more than who wants to be on top.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chinonye Chukwu
CAST:  Zora Howard  •  Tanya Jackson

A sexually-charged power struggle between two lovers reveals a lot more than who wants to be on top.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chinonye Chukwu
CAST:  Zora Howard  •  Tanya Jackson

Clemency (2019)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalThought provoking

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chinonye Chukwu
CAST:  Alfre Woodard  •  Aldis Hodge  •  Richard Schiff  •  Wendell Pierce

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chinonye Chukwu
CAST:  Alfre Woodard  •  Aldis Hodge  •  Richard Schiff  •  Wendell Pierce

The Making of Clemency (2020)

Behind the scenes of Clemency (2019). An Emotionally Charged Set, Clemency's Message, The Research Process, Working with Alfre Woodard, Working with Aldis Hodge, Working with Chinonye Chukwu  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Chinonye Chukwu  •  Alfre Woodard  •  Aldis Hodge

Behind the scenes of Clemency (2019). An Emotionally Charged Set, Clemency's Message, The Research Process, Working with Alfre Woodard, Working with Aldis Hodge, Working with Chinonye Chukwu  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Chinonye Chukwu  •  Alfre Woodard  •  Aldis Hodge

Till

The film is about Mamie Till-Mobley’s fight for justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Louis Till.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chinonye Chukwu
CAST:  Jalyn Hall  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Danielle Deadwyler  •  Frankie Faison

The film is about Mamie Till-Mobley’s fight for justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Louis Till.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chinonye Chukwu
CAST:  Jalyn Hall  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Danielle Deadwyler  •  Frankie Faison