JUDGES OF 2021
Frederick Thornton (Writer/Director) is a Spirit Award nominated and Gotham Award-winning African American filmmaker. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio—Frederick cites growing up watching his father make home videos and his mother writing short stories as his inspiration for wanting to be a filmmaker.
Thornton is a fellow of IFP Film Week, as well as Project Involve and the Producing Lab for Film Independent. Frederick is a graduate of Chapman University, where he completed a BA in Psychology. His latest produced film, Go Back To China, premiered at SxSw in 2019 and features Anna Akana in the lead role. In the summer of 2020, Frederick was selected amongst four other black filmmakers to participate in a short film production grant program by Netflix. He used this opportunity to make his directorial debut film, Injustice System– a film which follows a Black mother who struggles to deal with the unknown condition of her incarcerated son during the worst pandemic in over 100 years. Frederick is currently in pre-production on his narrative directorial debut short film, October Mourning.