Anwar Jamison

Anwar Jamison is a Memphis-based filmmaker, writer and professor. A child prodigy, he began kindergarten at the age of 2 in his hometown of Racine, Wisconsin. At the age of 4, he attended John Robert Powers Acting School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was featured in several commercials. At 16, after graduating from J.I. Case High School in Racine, he enrolled at the University of Memphis and received a B.S. in English Writing from UW-Whitewater after transferring his junior year. Returning to Memphis after graduation, he went on to receive an M.A. in English and an M.A. in Film & Video Production from the University of Memphis. In 2008, he wrote and directed Funeral Arrangements, his first feature film, which was distributed nationally by Select-O-Hits. Already an English Professor, in 2012 he established the Digital Media & Film program at Arkansas State University Mid-South in West Memphis, Arkansas, for which he still serves as Lead Faculty. In 2013, he wrote and directed his second feature film, 5 Steps to a Conversation, which was also distributed nationally by Select-O-Hits. In 2017, he co-authored Priceless Dream: The Story of the Dallas Cowboys #1 Fan with Ms. Carolyn M. Price. The book is the biography of Ms. Price, coming of age in segregation-era Dallas and her ultimate rise to universally-recognized Dallas Cowboys #1 Fan. Later that year, he released A Bitter Pill to Swallow, his first documentary feature. The film tackles the epidemic of prescription pill abuse as a street drug and its effect on the users, their families and the community. In 2019, he traveled to Accra, Ghana to shoot Coming to Africa during the country's Year of Return celebration. The movie is the fourth feature film that he has written, directed and executive produced.