About Leslie

A raconteur with a journalistic background, Leslie Cunningham is an artist, filmmaker, multimedia producer, collaborator and creator of TRIBES Magazine, a popular online publication known for telling stories from the front-line of urban music, arts and culture. A graduate of the Center or Documentary Studies at Duke University, Leslie’s collection of engaging film and videos have screened on public television and at film festivals in the U.S. and internationally. Feeding her hunger for producing daring and entertaining narratives that represent diverse subjects and communities, Leslie’s debut feature documentary film, M.I., A Different Kind of Girl (2012), was chosen for Massimadi, the LGBT Film Festival of Africa and its Diasporas (2016), Gender Reel Film Festival (2014), The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2012), Atlanta’s Out On Film (2012) and paved the way for more projects that would educate, entertain and feature provocative subjects and subject matter.

Consistently pushes her artistic boundaries, Leslie’s current film work, JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana was selected for the 2016 Sundance Institute New Frontier Program, the 2015 Cucalorus Filmmaker WIP Residency Program, received funding from ITVS’ Diversity Development Fund in 2014 and was selected for sponsorship by the Southern Documentary Fund.

Leslie currently resides in Durham, NC. A former chapter co-leader of Film Fatales-North Carolina, she is committed to mentoring young filmmakers and collaborating with other artists and entrepreneurs.  Contact her at lesliecunninghampro@gmail.com.