For over two decades DeMane Davis was a pessimist. Today she’s a Television Director, Filmmaker, Writer and Producer whose most recent work is Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker. The limited four-part Netflix TV series stars Octavia Spencer, Blair Underwood & Tiffany Haddish. DeMane produced the series and directed the last two episodes.
Her TV career began the day Ava DuVernay (WHEN THEY SEE US, 13th, A WRINKLE IN TIME) slipped into her DMs and invited her to direct her groundbreaking series, Queen Sugar (OWN.) DeMane helmed two episodes and was asked back as Producing Director the next season. Since then, she has directed episodes of How To Get Away With Murder, Station 19, For The People (ABC), The Red Line (CBS) and YOU (Netflix.) She has had the honor of working with Cicely Tyson, Henry G. Saunders and Viola Davis multiple times.
In addition to TV, DeMane has written and directed two independent features. Both premiered In Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and internationally at Edinburgh. Her film LIFT starred Kerry Washington (Scandal, Little Fires Everywhere) in her first leading role. LIFT was selected for the prestigious Sundance Director’s and Screenwriter’s Labs and revered with two Spirit Award nominations before it was purchased by Showtime. It’s now streaming on Amazon.
DeMane made both of those films while still working in advertising. Her career as a Copywriter and Creative Director spans over twenty-five years and counts Nike, Snapple, Reebok, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Converse and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s very first anti-smoking efforts as clients. The award winning multi-hyphenate has directed over seventy commercials, is a Voice Over Talent and, now and forever, an optimist.
Youth Poet Laureate
Former White House Social Secretary, Activist, Community Organizer
Chief Marketing Officer, John Hancock
Attorney General of Massachusetts
CEO & Chairman, Hill Holliday
Journalist & Anchor, WBZ-TV
Musician, Songwriter, Composer
Pulitzer Prize-winning Reporter, The Washington Post; Author, "A Very Stable Genius"
Former EPA Administrator; President and CEO, NRDC
Reporter, The Washington Post
Terrie & Bradley Bloom Artistic Director, American Repertory Theater
Gold Medal Gymnast & Advocate
Writer, Political Activist, Feminist
Co-founders and CEOs, theSkimm
The Boston Globe's Meredith Goldstein will be moderating the M.A.D. Love segment, in which three Mother-And-Daughter pairs will share the stage to talk about life, love, challenges and how they have learned to see the world from each other’s perspective.
M’Girl’s percussive based hand drum songs blend harmonies into a contemporary gospel style, reflecting both their cultural practice and their personal story of home. Led by Renae Morriseau, their music reflects their personal journeys and cultural world views held respectfully by each M’Girl living within the urban environment of the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada. M'Girl will be performing along with Sheila Maracle, the Toronto-based composer and singer for their song Eyes Wide Open.
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