S.Torriano Berry is an award-winning independent filmmaker who has created and executive produced the anthology series Black Independent Showcase and Black Visions/Silver Screen: Howard University Student Film Showcase for WHUT-TV 32, in Washington, D.C. His two half-hour made-for-television movies The Light and When It’s Your Turn were produced through the Minority Advisory Board of WPVI-TV 6, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Berry is creator of the science fiction anthology series The Black Beyond, and his feature-length horror film EMBALMER, is available on Netflix home video. A 30-minute version of EMBALMER was a 1998 finalist in Showtime Network Inc.’s Black Filmmaker’s Short Film Showcase. He is co-creator and director of Noh Matta Wat, the first dramatic television series of Belize, Central America.
As a writer, Berry co-authored the film resource books, “The 50 Most Influential Black Films,” published by Citadel Press in 2001, and “Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema,” Scarecrow Press, 2007 (“A to Z of African American Cinema” – Paperback) He has also written two fiction novels available as ebooks on Amazon.com: “The TEARS Trilogy,” based on his feature length screenplay addressing the roots of racism in America, and, “Honeyman’s A’Comin’,” a coming of age adventure set in the early 1940s.
Professor Torriano Berry received his B.A. from Arizona State University and his M.F.A. in Motion Picture/Video Production from UCLA. In addition to teaching, he has continued to produce films, is a book author, and has acted as a visiting professor at a number of universities including the University of Iowa and Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg, South Africa. His research area aims to document the history of African Americans and other blacks in the television and film industries. His creative works showcase the diversity within the African Diaspora and experiment in various genres from horror to comedy and drama. He also supports other filmmakers and television producers in shooting video.