YVONNE MICHELLE SHIRLEY is a Newark, NJ based filmmaker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. While there, her work garnered various awards, including a Warner Brother’s Production Grant and a Tisch School of the Arts Department Fellowship. Her narrative short film, Saturday Morning Blues, toured festivals around the country. Her short, Flowers (co-directed with Nikyatu Jusu), won the HBO Best Short Film Award at the 2016 American Black Film Festival. Her documentary credits include Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story, Spike Lee’s Peabody Award winning If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise. Yvonne also produced the Sundance and Ford Foundation supported film, 25 To Life, which won Best Documentary at the 2014 American Black Film Festival. She is currently a producer on an upcoming feature length documentary about the life and work of the artist, Gil Scott-Heron, directed by Orlando Bagwell (Eyes on the Prize, Citizen King).