DoubleBack Productions Founder Adrena Ifill Honored as July
Filmmaker of the Month
DC Film Office recognizes filmmaker for achievements in
The District of Columbia Office of Motion Picture and
Television Development is pleased to honor Adrena Ifill,
award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of
DoubleBack Productions, as the
July 2012 Filmmaker of the Month.
Adrena Ifill has more than 18 years' experience in
marketing, public relations and documentary video
production. In 2002, she founded DoubleBack
Productions, LLC due in part to the inspiration and
enthusiasm for history passed down to her by her parents.
DoubleBack Productions, LLC manages and consults with
cultural and history projects utilizing the benefits of
technology to restore and preserve less widely known events
in the history of the African Diaspora. Its mission is to
inform, preserve and provoke discourse across the globe.
Adrena produced and directed Congressman Robert Smalls: A
Patriot's Journey from Slavery to Capitol Hill, a
historical documentary chronicling the life and
achievements of Congressman Robert Smalls, formerly
enslaved in South Carolina, who served in the US Congress
for five terms during the Reconstruction era. This
documentary is one of the few productions that uncover the
dynamics of the role of African Americans in the history of
American political leadership. The documentary received the
best documentary award from the Arizona Black Film Showcase
Adrena's documentary credits also include Frontline: The
Wall Street Fix; 2003 National Visionary Leadership Project
Gala and Summit, 2004 National Visionary Leadership Summit.
She produced various documentary shorts of African American
leaders including activist Dick Gregory, actor Ossie Davis,
artist Elizabeth Catlett, and folk singer Odetta.
In addition to filmmaking, Adrena managed the creation of
and serves as a consultant to Avoice, the virtual
library project of the Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation. She directs its development, strategic
partnerships and digitization. It is the first and most
comprehensive virtual library on African American political
and legislative contributions. Containing the archives of
the Congressional Black Caucus, it is the only online
repository for materials relating to all Black members of
Congress from the 19th century to the present.
A graduate of the competitive Documentary Center of George
Washington University in Washington, D.C., Adrena also
holds an M.B.A from Howard University and B.A. from
Williams College in Massachusetts. She is a former board
member of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC and the
Black Collective for DC History. In addition, she serves on
the Alumnae Board of Holton-Arms School in Maryland. She
currently resides in ward five of the District of Columbia.
The D.C. 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. Previous filmmakers honored include
award-winning filmmaker and comedian Tommy Taylor, Jr.;
"The West Wing" producer Jonathan Zurer; accomplished
writer and producer Aviva Kempner; and "ANACOSTIA" web
series creator and director, Anthony Anderson.
You can visit the
Filmmaker of the Month section to learn more about
Adrena and previous Filmmaker of the Month recipients.