Jamila Wignot is no stranger to the world of documentaries. She’s an award-winning filmmaker best known for her work on The African Americans and Many Rivers To Cross. Her work has earned the Peabody, Emmy, and NAACP award. Some might know her for her work on ITVS Town Hall and for Triangle Fire, which won Wignot another Peabody.
Her latest project, Ailey, a documentary about the life of iconic dance instructor Alvin Ailey is out in theaters now. Ailey was born out of the realization that American Masters had yet to do a documentary on this legendary figure; what complicated matters is that no other biographies existed about him either. Wignot sought to change that by showing the impact he had in launching what is now a legendary dance company and outlining his impact on generations of other artists. We were lucky enough to sit down with Ms. Wignot and discuss her film and what she hopes audiences take from watching it.