Vondie Curtis Hall has worked in film, television and on both sides of the camera.
His biopic, Abducted: The Carlina White Story earned him an Outstanding Direction of a Motion Picture nomination from the 2013 NAACP Image awards. His feature film as writer/director, Waist Deep, earned him a Black Film Award nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Motion Picture. Mr. Hall’s previous film Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and later earned Mr. Hall a Black Reel Award for his direction; among the biopic’s other honors, lead actor Jamie Foxx received Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, and Screen Actors Guild nominations, as well as, NAACP Image and Black Reel Awards for his performance as the late activist Stan Tookie Williams.
Mr. Hall was also the writer/director of the feature film Gridlock’d, which also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, starring Tim Roth and the late Tupac Shakur, for which he received the National Board of Review Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. For television, he has helmed episodes of such series as Firefly, Gossip Girl, The Starter Wife, The Shield, Sleeper Cell, Boston Legal and ER.
As an actor the latter show earned him an Emmy Award nomination, for his portrayal of a troubled transgender who commits suicide. He has also had guest-starring arcs on two other acclaimed television series, Soul Food and I’ll Fly Away; and was a series regular on Chicago Hope (for which the ensemble received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations) and was a series regular on the new Marvel Television series “Daredevil” currently running on Netflix. He recently co-starred in the ABC pilot “Spark.”
On Broadway, he starred in the Musical productions of It’s So Nice To Be Civilized, Lena Horne; The Lady and Her Music, and the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls. Off-Broadway he co-starred in the hit show at the Public Theater the The Total Bent. The new play by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, directed by Joanna Settle.
Mr. Hall’s film roles include such movies as John Landis’ Coming to America; Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train; Renny Harlin’s Die Hard 2; John Sayles’ Passion Fish, Joel Schumacher’s Falling Down; Spike Lee’s Crooklyn; Phillip Noyce’s Clear and Present Danger; John Woo’s Broken Arrow; Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet; John Herzfeld’s telefilm Don King: Only in America (for which, as Lloyd Price, he won a Satellite Award); Leon Ichaso’s telefilm Ali: An American Hero (as Bundini Brown); Kasi Lemmons’ Eve’s Bayou (for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination), John Sayles’
Honeydripper and Kasi Lemmons’ Talk To Me and Black Nativity, Buddy Givannazo’s Streetwise and Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant. Vondie has co-starred in Michael Almereyda’s Cymbeline, by William Shakespeare, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2014. He will also be seen in Almereyda’s the The Experimenter, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently co-stars in the film BREAKING BROOKLYN with Lou Gossett.
As a freelance writer, Vondie’s has inked ACE, for Pierce Brosnan, as an international gambler, BROTHERS INCORPORATED, for Leonardo DiCaprio, the story of the Philadelphia Black Mafia and will write and direct the film RESIDUE from the novel written by Warren Adler in 2016. Mr. Hall recently directed the Toni Braxton Story, UNBREAK MY HEART, which aired in January 2016.
He is a board member and former president of Film Independent, Home of the Los Angeles Film Festival and The Film Independent Spirit Awards.