Tanya Hamilton

Tanya Hamilton (born in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is an American film director and producer. She came to the United States at the age of eight, and settled in Maryland with her mother. She attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and Columbia University.[1]

Hamilton's first project was a short film entitled The Killers, which was released in 1997. This work won awards at the Berlin International Film Festival and New Line Cinema. Her first feature film was Night Catches Us, a portrayal of former Black Panthers reuniting in 1976 Philadelphia. In 2011, Hamilton received an Athena Film Festival award for directing, as well as Black Reel Award nomination for best director for this film. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Awards, four Image Awards, a Gotham Awards and the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. Hamilton is currently a Fellow at the Sundance Screenwriter and Filmmaker Lab.[2]


Year Film Role Notes
1995 The Killers Director/Writer Short film
2010 Night Catches Us Director/Writer Debut feature film
2014 Molly Director Movie
2016 Queen Sugar Director TV series, 1 episode
2018 Seven Seconds Director TV series, 1 episode
2018 Black Lightning Director TV series, 1 episode
2019 The Chi Director TV series, 1 episode
2019 Scream Director TV series, 1 episode
2019 Godfather of Harlem Director TV series, 2 episodes


  1. ^ "Movie director Tanya Hamilton talks about debut film 'Night Catches Us'". Washington Post. December 25, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  2. ^ ""Night Catches Us" Director Tanya Hamilton". IndieWire. November 19, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2011.

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