About

Danielle Beverly works as a one or two-person crew, to craft observational documentaries. Her latest feature documentary Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition (2019) won Best Music Film at Macon Film Festival, Best Feature at South Georgia Film Festival, and toured DIY outdoor community screenings in Summer 2021. Beverly’s documentary feature Old South had its PBS broadcast premiere on The World Channel’s America ReFramed series in 2016, and its international broadcast premiere on Al Jazeera Witness in July 2020. It toured The Southern Circuit of Independent Filmmakers, and also community gardens via her DIY “Healing Spaces Tour” funded by New York State Council for the Arts. It received the Award of Merit in Documentary (the top prize) from The University Film & Video Association. Beverly’s debut feature Learning to Swallow premiered at Silverdocs screened internationally, and received its national PBS broadcast on America ReFramed. Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt (2017, co-producer/cinematographer) was broadcast on The World Channel’s AfroPop documentary series, screened at The National Gallery of Art, and won the Audience Award at Macon Film Festival. 

Beverly has received a Flaherty Fellowship, a Mary L. Nohl Artists Fellowship for Established Artists, and a BAVC National Media Maker Fellowship. Her documentary work has received a Provost Grant for Research in Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts, and funding from University Film & Video Association, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA), Puffin Foundation, Chicago Cultural and Tourism Fund, Center for Peacemaking, and Diederich College Initiative on Communication Ethics, Values and Social Justice, among others. 

Beverly teaches documentary and documentary history. At Northwestern Qatar she served as faculty advisor for Studio 20Q from 2016-2019. She is also a core faculty in the MFA in Documentary Media program on Northwestern’s U.S. campus.