Talibah L. Newman
DIRECTOR// WRITER // PRODUCER
Born in Dallas, Talibah first came to New York City as a freshman attending Columbia University. After receiving her bachelor’s in Film and Creative Writing, Talibah braved New York City and landed several internships and production jobs in her field with companies such as Ted Hope’s This is That Production Company, Jonathan Demme’s Clinica Estetico, and Malcolm Lee’s Blackmaled Productions.
Talibah then went to pursue her Master’s in directing at Columbia University’s MFA program. As an M.F.A. student, Talibah sought to tell stories of familial relationships, precocious children, single character journeys into recreating identity, obstructing prejudice, and the complicated mosaic of spirituality and faith.
Talibah is the 2012 Director’s Guild of America winner in the African American Category for her film Busted on Brigham Lane, which was licensed to HBO for exhibition in 2012. HBO also licensed Talibah’s Sweet Honey Chile’ in 2014, which also won the Martha’s Vineyard Short Film Award Competition and was screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Bahamas International Film Festival, Urban World Film Festival, The Chicago Black Harvest Film Festival, The Palm Springs LGBT Film Festival, The American Black Film Festival, The Underground Film Festival in Minneapolis, The Pan African Film Festival, Rooftop Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival–among others.
Talibah released season one of a comedic web series titled Famous Farrah on Youtube in 2013, which went on to garner interest from Warner Brothers Digital and is currently in post-production of the second season of a new award winning comedic web series First Dates. In the realm of digital media and broadcast Talibah recently produced a five hour election night live stream titled Flex The Vote with Complex Networks at the Youtube Space NY and was recently the showrunner of the video and content portion of Complex Networks’ 2017 ComplexCon. Most recently Talibah collaborated with Donna Augustin to co-write and co-direct a passionate short film soon to be released titled Bodega, which tackles new aged gentrification in the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn. Diligently continuing to expand her craft, Talibah is currently securing financing for her debut feature film and working on an original television pilot.