"I help people see themselves, and others, through different lenses."
Sadé Clacken Joseph is a Caribbean-American filmmaker, photographer and singer-songwriter from the Bronx, NY.
Sadé began making short films and writing songs on piano in high school, and has been in love with telling stories ever since. After graduating with a degree in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2011, she joined the production team for the ABC talkshow The View. After four years on the show, and freelancing as a documentarian, she was accepted into USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles where she is currently getting her MFA in Directing.
Sadé is dedicated to shining a light on underrepresented groups, particularly people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQIA community. From the Hebron Hills of Palestine, to the streets of South Central, the content she creates showcases diverse voices from all reaches of the globe. Through directing, writing, shooting, editing and producing, her portfolio extends across multiple forms of media. Whether it is music videos. documentaries, narrative films or promotional content, her vision, voice and sensitivity to socially conscious filmmaking shines brightly in her work .
Most recently, Sade directed her thesis film Hats, starring Sherri Shepherd and Dante Brown (Lethal Weapon, Ma), through USC's most competitive and advanced 546 program. She is one in only a handful of black women to be selected for this accomplishment in the program's history. In 2016, she was hand-picked to be the Director's Guild of America John Frankenheimer Fellow, a prestigious DGA award given to one film student each year. That same year she also became a recipient of the Inaugural 30 Under 30 Caribbean-American Emerging Leader and Change Maker Award for which she was honored at Obama's White House.