WHO IS AKIL DUPONT?
Through the course of his career as a storyteller in theatre and film, Akil DuPont has earned 31 awards in 44 film festivals including 2 Student Emmys! His films have played in over 60 countries and in 2014, he was named #7 of the top 100 indie filmmaker in the world.
Akil was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Florida A&M University (FAMU) and a MFA in Film Production from Florida State University (FSU).
As an ongoing project, Akil has worked and studied tirelessly to transform his award-winning short film "Underground" into a musical play worthy of his ancestors. After years of work, Akil was pleased to have "Underground" World Premiere as the Closing Night Event at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival in 2015, travel to New York City in 2016 to be directed by TONY award winner, Ben Harney, with the Negro Ensemble Company, be the very first show in the inaugural Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival in 2016, have a 2017 production with North Carolina Central University and return to his hometown of Tallahassee in 2019 as a concert production with the Cross-Cultural Coalition!
Akil has worked in the film/television industry in the Atlanta area. He was formerly a professor with the Georgia Film Academy at Pinewood Film Studios and taught with Clayton State University, Georgia State University, Atlanta Metro State College, Kennesaw State University, University of North Georgia, University of West Georgia, Gwinnett Technical College, Southern Crescent Technical College and Atlanta Technical College.
Currently, Akil lives in New York City and teaches with the New York Film Academy!