Cathleen Dean is an American film director, producer, and photographer who creates innovative work inspired by her experiences in South Florida. Dean captivates audiences by bringing her characters to life. She approaches her work from an anthropological point of view, aiming to uncover historical truths that have been lost, forgotten, or hidden with time. Dean is the Directory of Arts and Theatre Performance for the L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center. She is most famous for her films Wade in the Water: Drowning in Racism, Being, and Runway Afrique. She has received multiple awards such as Suncoast Emmy, Sistrunk Artist in Residence(AIR), Roxbury Film Festival Best Documentary Short 2021, Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival Best Short Film Being 2019, Happy to be Nappy Cinemaslam Best use of archival footage (2019), Miami Fashion Film Festival Best Fashion Doc Runway Afrique. Her films will resonate throughout time in audiences’ hearts.