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Emmy nominated. Howard educated. Southern cultivated. These three are synonymous with storyteller Eddie Bailey. Eddie pursues his calling via work as an editor, director, and producer. Having an innate knowing that he wanted to work in the film industry at the age of six, he started writing stories in the second grade. Born in Memphis and raised in Atlanta, he spent his summers in Denver, Rochester, and Chicago. An observer of human behavior, his culturally rich upbringing was the foundation to becoming a documentary filmmaker.

Following high school, Eddie headed north to Washington, D.C., enrolling as a Bison. While on campus, fellow rising stars Lance Gross, Simone Missick, Susan Kelechi Watson, and the late Chadwick Boseman were also developing their talent. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in TV & Film Production from Howard University, he took a year off before moving to Brooklyn.


Eddie began his entertainment career at the ground level, working as a production assistant, then as a story producer. When he added the title of editor to his storytelling repertoire, his career shifted. He created The Savoy Media Group where he is head of production. Under this umbrella, he directed, produced, and edited the groundbreaking documentary Memphis Majic, which takes an in depth look at a Memphis-born street dance called Jookin. His latest freelance project as a producer and editor, Negrita, explores the Afro-Latina identity and experience in the United States.

Eddie’s passion, proficiency, and perseverance have not gone unnoticed. He was nominated for an Emmy for a segment called "History of Hip Hop in the Bronx" in the categories of producing and editing. He won two Telly Awards as an editor for LATiNAS, a 30-minute magazine show. Memphis Majic has been screened on the film festival circuit, distributed via multiple streaming platforms, and won the Silver Award at the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards. He received a Citation from the President of the Borough of Brooklyn on February 19, 2019, the day Memphis Majic first premiered to the public on major streaming platforms. The President also declared that date, “Memphis Majic Day in Brooklyn.” Like his other works, Negrita has also garnered recognition, winning Best Documentary at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival. Additionally, the film had a special screening at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

When he’s not directing, producing, or editing, Eddie impacts the next generation of storytellers as an adjunct instructor at New York City College of Technology. In the future, he would like to make narrative films, specifically romantic comedies. Though he is constantly managing multiple projects, he lives by the scripture, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”


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