Danielle Beverly

Danielle Beverly is an Independent Documentary Filmmaker who typically works as a one person crew, recording picture and audio alone, in the field. Beverly’s most recent documentary Old South debuted in March 2015, and had its national broadcast in February 2016 on The World Channel/PBS. It was the season 4 opener of the “America ReFramed” documentary series, airing during African American History Month. It also enjoyed a year long film festival and college tour. In Summer 2015 it screened in community gardens across NY State and the American South on “The Healing Spaces Tour”, funded by Wave Farm & NYSCA. In 2016 it received The Award of Merit for Documentary from The University Film & Video Association. Beverly is currently in post-production on the feature documentary Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition.

Beverly began her career at Chicago’s PBS affiliate, and has directed and produced content for PBS and cable since 1999. Beverly was Field Producer for the longitudinal documentary REBIRTH over its ten-year production (Sundance World Premiere 2011; Showtime broadcast; George Foster Peabody Award; screened at The White House, US Department of State film tour; permanent exhibition at National September 11 Memorial & Museum). Beverly’s first documentary feature Learning to Swallow (2005) followed a charismatic artist with bipolar disorder, as she struggles to rebuild her life, after a suicide attempt destroys her digestive system. The film premiered in competition at Silverdocs (2005), screened internationally, and traveled to rural communities on The Southern Circuit. In March 2015 it was broadcast on America ReFramed, and had a national rebroadcast in July 2017. Her filmmaking, photography and digital media work have received funding from The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA), The Puffin Foundation, The Chicago Cultural and Tourism Fund, The Center for Peacemaking, and The Diederich College Initiative on Communication Ethics, Values and Social Justice. In 2012, Beverly was awarded a Mary L. Nohl Artists Fellowship for Established Artists. In 2014, Beverly was awarded a BAVC National MediaMaker Fellowship.

Beverly also freelances as a documentary Cameraperson, working solo or as a two person crew. Projects include Marco Williams’ Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt; and the social issue documentary As Goes Janesville (Independent Lens, national EMMY nomination). She is currently an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, teaching documentary and fiction filmmaking.


MFA Film/Video, Columbia College Chicago
BS Public Health, Indiana University

Danielle Beverly

Assistant Professor




Annie May Swift Hall
1920 Campus Dr.
Room 217
Evanston, IL 60208

Graduate Programs:

Documentary Media