Damani Baker, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, is an alum of Filmmaker Magazines “25 new faces in independent film”. His career spans documentaries, music videos, museum installations and advertisements. Some of Baker’s documentaries include The House on CoCo Road, which revisits the events and circumstances of the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada, and Return, an award-winning film that explores the genius of traditional African medicine. Baker directed music videos for Maiysha’s single “Wanna Be”, nominated for a 2009 Grammy, and Morley’s “Women of Hope”, inspired by pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. As a director his commercial clients have included Nike/Wieden & Kennedy and their 2006 World Cup ‘Play Beautiful’ campaign and IBM. Baker has also shot several viral campaigns for Puma, Wired Magazine, BMW and Apple for Late Night and Weekends. His first feature documentary Still Bill, on the life and music of Bill Withers, opened theatrically in New York, LA and Chicago. Still Bill had its television premiere on Showtime and has been seen on outlets globally, including BBC. In 2010 he shot Music for Andrew Zuckerman, a series of interviews with fifty prominent musicians and directed two more videos in Morocco for Morley. His current projects include over 10 films for museums in Nigeria and Chattanooga, Tennessee for Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc. These films include interviews with President Bill Clinton, Dr. Kofi Annan and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In addition to his professional work as a director, Baker is a professor at Sarah Lawrence College’s Film and New Media Department, the director of the Quest forGlobal Healing Film Series in Bali, Indonesia and media collaborator with the International Budget Partnership, tracking government transparency through budgets around the world.
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