Damani Baker Biography

Damani Baker, Director/Producer/Cinematographer

Damani Baker, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of “25 new faces in independent film”. His career spans documentaries, music videos, and advertisements. Some of Baker’s documentaries include Grenada: A Dream Deferred, which revisits the events and circumstances of the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada, and Return, an award-winning film that explores the genius of traditional African medicine. Baker directed music videos for Maiysha’s single “Wanna Be”, nominated for a 2009 Grammy, and Morley’s “Women of Hope”, inspired by pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. As a director his commercial clients have included Nike/Wieden & Kennedy and their 2006 World Cup ‘Play Beautiful’ campaign. Baker has also shot several viral campaigns for Puma, Wired Magazine, BMW and Apple for Late Night and Weekends. In addition to his professional work as a director, Baker is a guest professor at Sarah Lawrence College’s Film and New Media Department and the director of the Quest for Global Healing Film Series in Bali, Indonesia. In 2010 he shot Music, a series of interviews with fifty prominent musicians and directed two more videos in Morocco for Morley.