About the Filmmaker
Natalie Jasmine Harris is a queer-identified, Black writer/director and producer from Maryland. Her creative work often exists within the coming-of-age genre, which she views as an essential tool to re-imagine liberation for young girls, the Black community, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Natalie received her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in May 2020, where she graduated with Honors and received her department's award for Excellence in Community Service.
Natalie is a 2020 recipient of The Directors Guild of America’s Student Film Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement and The Black Film Space 2020 Black Filmmaker Fund. She received two student film grants from NYU as well as The Toronto LGBT Film Festival’s RE:Focus Film Fund to create Pure. She also was a Finalist for The 2020 Scout Film Grant.
Natalie is simultaneously developing Pure into a feature-length screenplay of the same name that she hopes to become her feature directorial debut one day. The New Orleans Film Festival recently invited Natalie to pitch the film at their annual 2020 South Pitch Competition, where she was a finalist.