About Leslie

Leslie Cunningham is an artist, filmmaker, digital storyteller, collaborator and founder of TRIBES Entertainment, a boutique digital media company in Durham, NC. She is also the creator of TRIBES Magazine, one of the leading digital urban arts and entertainment publications online today.

An artist with a critical eye and a unique viewpoint, Leslie has a hunger for producing daring and entertaining narratives that represent diverse subjects and communities. A master storyteller with a journalistic background, Leslie consistently pushes her artistic boundaries. Her collection of engaging film and videos have been broadcast publicly and screened at film festivals internationally and throughout the United States. Leslie’s debut feature documentary film, M.I., A Different Kind of Girl (2012), was recently chosen for Massimadi, the LGBT movie festival of Africa and its Diasporas (2016).  M.I. also screened at Gender Reel film festival (2014); The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2012) and Atlanta’s Out On Film (2012). M.I. paved the way for more projects that would educate, entertain and feature provocative subjects and subject matter.

Leslie is currently working on a multi-media project which documents the wildly popular stage show ‘Harlem in Havana’ in the early 20th century.  JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana, Leslie’s second feature documentary film,  was selected for the 2016 Sundance Institute New Frontier Program, the 2015 Cucalorus Filmmaker WIP Residency Program and received funding from ITVS Diversity Development Fund in 2014.

Leslie is committed to mentoring young filmmakers and collaborating with other entrepreneurs. She is a graduate of the Center or Documentary Studies at Duke University in Durham, NC. Email lesliecunninghampro@gmail.com