According to SPBS president, Dr. Stewart Williams, “we now have our first female to headline our Awards Banquet”. She is Christene Browne. She will join the recently announced Patron (SKN Prime Minster, Dr. Timothy Harris), and distinguished Award winners at the Annual Gal on September 2nd at Maestro’s Ballroom in the Bronx, NY.
Christene was born in St. Kitts. She moved with her family to Toronto, Canada in 1970.
She enrolled in the Film Studies program at Ryerson in 1985 and started her production company, Syncopated Productions Inc in 1990.
Her very first two films Brothers in Music a film about two struggling jazz musicians and No Choices, a film that looked at the abortion issue and how it relates to women living in poverty debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1991 and launched Browne’s film career.
From that time, onward Browne has consistently produced work that has examined the cross section of race, class and gender.
She has worked independently and has business relationships with National Film Board of Canada, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, OMNI TV, Starz, PBS BET, Al Jazeera, IFC. OBETV and Doorarshan and many others.
Her films have won numerous awards and have been screened and broadcasted internationally.
In 1999 Browne completed the semi autobiographical film Another Planet her first dramatic feature film and the first feature film to be directed by a Black woman in Canada.
In 2008, she completed Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language a ground breaking five-part documentary series that looks at the History of Language from prehistoric time to the present day. Noam Chomsky and many other notable linguists are featured in this series. This film received the 2011 Visionary Documentary award from the Women International Film and Television Showcase.
In 2013 her first novel, Two Women, was a cautionary tale about two women who share the same soul, was published.
In 2016 she completed a Masters in Communication and Culture, an interdisciplinary joint program of York University and Ryerson University,
Most recently Browne completed her second novel, Philomena (Loveless), a story about a woman who lives a life devoid of love.
In addition to her film and literary work, Browne has also worked as a film programmer, curator and media arts instructor.
She is currently, working on her third novel, completing a feature length documentary about the redevelopment of Regent Park, a low-income community in Toronto where Browne spent her formative years and lecturing in the Radio and Televisions Arts (RTA) department at Ryerson University.