Speaker Clement Virgo

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Clement Virgo


Clement Virgo is one of Canada's foremost film directors. His TV directing credits include The Wire, Billions, American Crime, Empire, and Greenleaf, on which he served as Director and Executive Producer with Oprah Winfrey. Greenleaf won the NAACP award for best drama series in 2019.

In 2015 he directed, wrote, and executive produced the miniseries adaptation of The Book of Negroes, which debuted to record-breaking numbers on the CBC and BET in the U.S. and was nominated for two U.S. Critics Choice Television Awards and shortlisted for a Peabody Award. Additional accolades include the four 2015 NAACP Image Award Nominations, including the win for Best Screenplay. Virgo won the DGC award for directing for television movie/miniseries for The Book of Negroes.

Clement's feature films have premiered at Cannes, TIFF, Sundance, and Berlin film festivals. His movies include Poor Boy's Game, Lie with Me, and Love Come Down. Virgo's first feature RUDE premiered at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

He's currently prepping his next feature film Brother and is in development with the upcoming Netflix series Bloom for Michelle and Barack Obama's Higher Ground Productions.

Speaking on: Director Superpanel: a vision for the future; From the Director's Chair: Clement Virgo, Andrew Cividino, Matt Shakman

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