Zaire Love is an award-winning filmmaker, music maker, and writer whose mission is to honor, amplify, and archive the stories and voices of the Black South concentrating her work in Memphis, TN, and Mississippi. Currently, she is exploring the strangeness of Black folk’s existence in and on southern land with great inspiration from Richard Wright’s 12 Million Black Voices. Her artistry is an ode to being Black and southern in America because the Black South has always had meaningful “cornbread” to share. Zaire calls her work creative cornbread because it is Black Southern sustenance filled with knowledge, facts, creativity, and authentic artistry that nourishes those who partake.
Making sure Black Southerns from past and present are on the record with honor and amplification is what she is always after. Her vision is to make art so that when you partake, you have an immense desire to discuss it and advocate for diverse identities, causes, and movements that will make the world a more just and equitable place. Within a couple of years, Zaire has been awarded honors at multiple film festivals, created work for PBS, and granted the If/Then and HULU grant to produce her short documentary, SLICE. Zaire is a graduate of Spelman College [BA], Houston Baptist University [M. Ed], and the University of Mississippi [MFA]. She is currently making and creating with her studio, Creative Cornbread. She is also the Pihakis Foodways Documentary Filmmaker for the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi.
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PBS | WYNCOTE FOUNDATION FELLOW | 2022
OURAY FILM FESTIVAL | FILM IN ACTION HONOREE | 2022
IF/THEN X HULU FOR SLICE DOCUMENTARY | 2021
THE CATALYST COHORT | MADE IN HER IMAGE | 2021
NPN’S SOUTHERN ARTIST FOR SOCIAL CHANGE RECIPIENT | 2021
INDIE MEMPHIS | BLACK SCREENWRITER FELLOW | 2020
SOUTHERN DOCUMENTARY FUND | RESEARCH + DEVELOPMENT GRANT 2020
WALTER ANDERSON CURATORIAL FELLOW 2020
CROSSTOWN ARTS RESIDENCY | MEMPHIS, TN | FEBRUARY- MAY 2020
MAGNIFYING GLASS FELLOWSHIP OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL | DECEMBER 2019
SOUTHERN FOODWAYS ALLIANCE FILM INTERNSHIP | JUNE 2019
GRADUATE SUMMER FELLOWSHIP | JUNE 2019
RURAL PROJECT GRANT | INDIE GRITS | DECEMBER 2018
BLACK CREATORS FELLOWSHIP | INDIE MEMPHIS NOVEMBER 2018