Alison Duke - Co-founder of OYA Media Group, is a storyteller known for illuminating Black Canadian history, social issues and pushing the culture forward. In 2019, Duke produced and co-wrote the CBC POV Documentary, 'Mr. Jane and Finch,' which won two 2020 Canadian Screen Awards. She also directed Rogers/CityTV’s 2-hour television special, ‘Cool Black North’ (19) about Black excellence in Canada featuring past Harry Jerome Award recipients. Her recent short, 'Promise Me' (20)has won numerous awards including best short at the Columbus Black International Film Festival and the Standout Writing Award at the Reelworld Film Festival.
She has a great body of work starting from her cult classic hip hop documentary Raising Kane: a rapumentary (2001). She has collaborated on many social justice films such as, Yvonne Welbon’s Sisters in Cinema (2007), Andrew Niskers’ Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home (2008), and Dany Chiasson’s My Joan of Arc (2009). Duke was also the Canadian producer of Thomas Allen Harris’ NAACP award-winning feature documentary Through a Lens Darkly: black photography and the emergence of a people (2014).
Over the years, Alison’s work has aired on a range of other Canadian and US networks including Netflix, Sundance Channel, PBS, BET, TVO, Much Music, Starz, OMNI, SuperChannel, and the LifeNetwork. Alison is currently in pre-production on a dramatic youth series called "The Bloom Room." She is also in Year 3 of the OYA Emerging Filmmakers program, a 3-year initiative she kickstarted to support Black youth access to essential training, mentors, paid internships, networks, and film industry spaces. https://oyamediagroup.com/