Leah Natasha Thomas
Ms. Thomas started her career at Revolution Studios and served as the former Director of Industry Relations for Ghetto Film School. During her tenure, GFS received the Mayor’s Award for Art & Culture, was recognized by Russell Simmons’ Art For Life and founded The Cinema School, the first high school in the nation with a focus on filmmaking.
She recently produced 25 TO LIFE, winner of the CNN Grand Jury Prize at American Black Film Festival 2014 (AFFRM, Netflix) and 3 1/2 MINUTES winner of the Special Jury Award for Social Impact, Sundance 2015 (Participant Media, HBO), which was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Awards. She is currently producing THE TRIAL OF MUMIA ABU JAMAL, and a narrative adaptation of COULDN’T KEEP IT TO MYSELF, by acclaimed author Wally Lamb and the women of York Correctional Facility for Women.
She is a member of BAFTA, a Tribeca Film Festival Industry Delegate, sits on the grants panel for the Brooklyn Arts Council, and is the recipient of the NYU – Critical Collaborations Fellowship (2016-18) in support of her individual work and has recently been commissioned to create a site-specific public art work at NYU Accra, Ghana and Florence, Italy. She holds a BFA in Drama and Politics and an MA in Art and Public Policy from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts.