Aimee Dixon Recognized as March Filmmaker of the Month

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The District of Columbia Office of Motion Picture and Television Development is pleased to honor Aimee Dixon, award-winning writer and director, as its March 2012 Filmmaker of the Month.

Aimee Dixon is a fourth-generation native of Washington, DC and graduate from the National Cathedral School for Girls, the Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Columbia University. Born into a home of politicians she chose the world of the arts starting her career in fashion, eventually to become a filmmaker.

Vivian, a surrealistic women-centric comedy, marked Aimee's award-winning first venture into writing and directing. It has screened in film festivals and showcases throughout North America and was one of six semi-finalists in the BETJ Best in Shorts National film competition. Her second short, Revolving Door, a high-concept art film, was completed in 2004.

A member of the Costume Designers' Guild as a costumer, Aimee has worked on such projects as BET's Arabesque series, which included Julie Dash's Incognito, After All, starring Holly Robinson Peete, and Rendezvous, starring Wood Harris. Her work as a costume designer can also be seen in All About You, featuring Debbie Allen, LisaRaye, and Vanessa Bell Calloway and Mind Games with veteran actor Geoffrey Lewis. Also, as assistant to Oscar-nominated costume designer, Ruth Carter, Aimee worked on John Singleton's Baby Boy, featuring the all-star cast of Mo'Nique, Ving Rhames, Taraji P. Henson and Tyrese.

Aimee is currently working on her first feature film, 7:33 AM, where she serves as director, co-writer and producer. The independent feature film is adapted from the urban romantic comedy by Monda Webb about two women who are dating the same man and don’t know it, set in Washington, DC, a city infamous for its imbalanced ration of women to men. The movie is set to be released in spring 2012.

Aimee recently left a seven-year stint as a museum educator and high school internship coordinator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to pursue her doctorate at George Mason University in cultural studies. Aimee has also served as a juror for the CINE Golden Eagle competition since 2005. She currently resides in ward six in the District of Columbia.

The DC Film Office launched the Filmmaker of the Month initiative to feature a District-based filmmaker who exemplifies the vast amount of talent and creativity based here in the nation’s capital. The Filmmaker of the Month initiative is part of its mission to elevate the national and international profile of the city’s most talented filmmakers.nPrevious filmmakers honored include accomplished writer and producer Aviva Kempner; Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden creator Otessa Ghadar; award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter of Kettle of Fish Claudia Myers; and Tendani Mpulubusi El, creator and director of documentary People Past and Present: Hillsdale.

You can visit the Filmmaker of the Month section to learn more about Aimee and previous Filmmaker of the Month recipients.