Jamil Akim O’Quinn
Jamil Akim O'Quinn is a queer, nerd from Compton, California, living with Multiple Sclerosis, who loves art and academia. A writer/director with a B.A. from UC Berkeley, Master of Divinity from Princeton, and an MFA in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. He is a former Armani Exchange model and past performer in the Broadway National tour of “The Book of Mormon”, and is an alumni of the Television Academy Foundation Internship program. Jamil has worked on shows such as: The Primetime Emmys, The Academy Awards, The Grammys, The Little Mermaid Live on ABC. And, only one month after graduating with his MFA, Jamil has landed a job as the Writer’s PA on Season 13 of NCIS:Los Angeles. Most recently it has been announced, Jamil's screenplay And A Child Will Lead has advanced as a quarterfinalist in the 2021 Academy Gold Nicholl Fellowship, and a semifinalist in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices competition. As far as produced projects Jamil's short film Percy & Caesar was a film festival selection in 1261 Film Festival in Grenada, and BHERC's Reel Black Men Film Festival in 2020. Although living at the intersection of multiple marginalized communities was meant to break him, it turned him into a fighter. And now, he fights by telling family narratives that give voice to systemically voiceless people, who have been forced to stay in the shadows. Just how he was.