Devin E. Haqqhaqq_devin_2017

As an independent filmmaker, Devin has produced 4 feature films. He made his directorial debut with The Assassin (2007), which played in several film festivals during the 2007-2008 season, including the 2007 Urbanworld Film Festival, 2008 Nashville Film Festival and the 2008 Pan African Film Festival. Devin’s next feature project, Francis of Brooklyn (2012), currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video, which he served as producer/assistant director, played in 9 festivals and won 4 awards, including Best Feature at the 2013 DIY Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Devin’s most recent project, Ambition’s Debt, is his sophomore feature film directorial attempt. It won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2017 American Black Film Festival. He is currently in pre-production for an untitled short film directed by Korey Jackson (House of Cards), based on the poetry of spoken word artist Kareem Lucas.



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