Jamal Joseph is a writer, director, documentary filmmaker, professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of the Arts, and Founder and Artistic Director of IMPACT Repertory Theatre. Joseph, a former Black Panther Party member, is the co-Founder of The International Black Panther Film Festival. He has directed over 25 feature films and documentaries, including Heal the Rainbow, What 'Cha Gonna Do About Hate and Kayla's Story for the CitiKids Foundation, and the feature documentary Hughes' Dream Harlem. Joseph executive produced a spoken word CD: The Rose That Grew From Concrete with Afeni Shakur, which featured performances by Sonia Sanchez, Quincy Jones and Danny Glover. Joseph is a three-time winner of the National Black Programming Consortium's Prize Pieces Award, a two-time winner of the Black Filmmaker Hall of Fame Award, a winner of the International Film and Video Association Award, and a recipient of the New York Fine Arts Fellowship. Joseph recently performed his Academy Award-nominated song, "Raise it up" from August Rush with IMPACT at the 2008 Academy Awards.