The road to Janelle Abraham’s Directorial debut has been a ‘coming of age’ tale with both classic and unique notes. She was first spotted in music videos for artists like Whitney Houston, George Michael, and Busta Rhymes. It was not long before she hustled her way onto TV and film sets where she would chance upon the invaluable guidance of Mike Ellis, Assistant Director for the Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Spike Lee. Abrahamparlayed Ellis’ tutelage into a colorful portfolio of music videos, that she directed and produced for artists such as Tarrus Riley (VP Records), Jim Jones (Diplomat Records), Freeway (Rocafella Records), Raekwon the Chef (Wu Tang Clan), Papoose (Love & Hip Hop), Flavour N’abania (2nite Entertainment, Nigeria), and Noreaga (Penalty Records). In addition to music videos, Abraham landed a distribution deal for a documentary she directed covering the life and times of legendary rap group, Mobb Deep.
Abraham is eagerly positioning to become a balancing force in a status quo driven TV & Film industry, which currently portrays but a narrow slice of urban life.