filmmaker’s bio

Cyrille Phipps, has been a media educator and video documentary maker for almost twenty years.

She received a B.F.A. in Film Drama from Syracuse University and M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University. Soon after graduating from Syracuse, she joined Rise & Shine Productions.

As a video instructor, she taught in over twenty public junior and senior high schools in the New York City area. In addition to her teaching, she worked on many commercial ventures, starting as a production assistant for the 87/88 season of the The Cosby Show to working on nearly a hundred music videos for Classic Concepts Productions

As the Video Producer for, she was responsible for developing a comprehensive vision for video usage throughout the entire site. Before joining, she was a Coordinator/Instructor for the Education and Outreach department at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the largest public access facility in the country. She also spent a year as an Adjunct Professor in the Media and Communication Arts department at City College.

In 2003, she returned to Manhattan Neighborhood Network to serve as the Director of Production Services. After serving as the Acting Executive Director in late 2005, she was promoted to Managing Director of Access Services. Currently, she is the Senior Editor of Post Production at TV Land Online, where she oversees all post-production for web-broadcast.

Working in film and video, she has collaborated on various documentaries that have aired on PBS, TNT and the BBC. She was the co-founder of Black Planet Productions, which produced the award winning grassroots series Not Channel Zero- the revolution, televised. As a member of this collective of Black and Latino media artists, she co-produced a number of critically acclaimed documentaries including, “Black Womyn, Sexual Politics and the Revolution.”

She also produced and directed a number of documentaries and community-oriented programs dealing with issues such as AIDS, homophobia, sexism and racism. As a producer, videographer and editor, she has received several awards such as The BRIO Award from the Bronx Council of the Arts, an Honorable Mention at the National Black Programming Consortium’s Annual International Video and Film Award for “Respect is Due”.

She’s also received Third Place in Non- Fiction at the SONY Visions of U.S. video competition for “Black Womyn, Sexual Politics and the Revolution.”

She was the recipient of a Fellowship Award from the New York Foundation for the Arts and most recently from The Urban Arts Initiative/NYC. Much of her work has been featured in national and international festivals from New York to Hong Kong.

Currently, she is in production on “Seen But Not Heard: AIDS and the Untold War Against Black Women”, a documentary examining the devastating effects of AIDS in the Black community specifically as it relates to African American women.