Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – new media

Janice Duncan

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – new media
Region: Oakland, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Janice Duncan is a queer afrofuturist time traveler, filmmaker, writer, creative producer, and artist from Detroit, MI. She earned her M.F.A. in film and television production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and B.A. in film and media studies from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked on films, music videos, and commercials from an array of backgrounds and budgets. She is currently working with her partner Sophia Nahli Allison on a joint project about Afro-diasporic dance and flight as spiritual tools of liberation. She is the creative producer on A Love Song For Latasha, which world premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. She was a 2018 Sundance New Frontier Lab Programs Fellow and has received support from Glassbreaker Films. In 2018 she creative produced Masks, which was a finalist for a Student Academy Award. She has a deep passion for dance, music videos, and short experimental films. She enjoys world building and creating avant garde ways to articulate experiences that inspire people toward greater self value, black feminism, and unconditional empathy for one another and our planet.

While at MacDowell, she made significant progress on four different interdisciplinary projects. Most notably, she worked on her feature film script about growing up and generational healing in Detroit and also on her dance essay about the regenerative and freeing properties of dance as possession in the African diaspora.



Janice Duncan worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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