MacArthur Fellows Program

Louis Massiah

Documentary Filmmaker | Class of 1996

Documentary Filmmaker
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
42 at time of award
Area of Focus
Moving Image
Published July 1, 1996

About Louis' Work

Louis Massiah is a documentary filmmaker who addresses important but often-neglected subjects with integrity, insight, and artistry.

Massiah’s producing and directing credits include Trash (1985), The Bombing of Osage Avenue (1986), Cecil B. Moore (1987), W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices (1995), and Louise Alone Thompson Patterson: In Her Own Words (2002).  He also produced two films for the PBS series, “Eyes on the Prize II” (1990).  In addition to his film work, Massiah founded the Philadelphia-based Scribe Video Center, which provides access to media production facilities for underrepresented segments of society.  This center trains emerging video makers and helps members of community organizations to address issues of social concern through the creative use of video.  At the Scribe Video Center, he served as executive producer for “Precious Places” (2005), a citywide, community, video history project in the form of twenty-one short documentaries.


Massiah continues to work as an independent, documentary filmmaker and serves as executive director of the Scribe Video Center.

Massiah received a B.A. (1977) from Cornell University and an M.S. (1982) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Last updated January 1, 2006

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