Instructor, Creative Writing
Jehnovah Carlisle is a writer, director, producer. He is originally from the Bay Area, California where he attended Berkeley High School. Carlisle graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Film in 2013. He went on to graduate from California College of the Arts with a MFA in Film Production in 2015, where he was also awarded the Robert Flaherty Fellowship for his academic achievement. Upon graduating film school, Carlisle delved deeper into his craft as a director/writer/ producer and continued to create independent short cinema within his Bay Area community that would screen nationally and internationally, winning awards at numerous festivals. In 2017, his short film The Man Who Feared won Best Local Film at the prestigious San Francisco Black Film Festival. In 2018, Carlisle was awarded a residency at San Francisco Film Society for his feature script, En Garde!. While developing his first feature film, Carlisle continued to create short films as writer/director and director for hire. Carlisle moved to Los Angeles in 2019 to further his filmmaking career. In 2020, Carlisle’s short film, Junior, won numerous awards, including Outstanding Indie Award at the Detroit Black Film Festival and was screened at acclaimed festivals like The Pan African Film Festival and the Montreal International Black Film Festival. In the same year Carlisle met director/writer/producer Gérard McMurray where he was given the opportunity to work at Buppie Productions Film and Television development company where he has gained valuable experience in the Hollywood film industry. Currently, Carlisle is an independent director/writer, pitching his feature script, En Garde!