Jessie Maple

b. 1947

Jessie Maple is a pioneering filmmaker, writer, producer, editor and cinematographer. She is one of the first Black women to direct a narrative feature length film. Her debut, Will (1981) marks the film debut of the award-winning actress Loretta Devine and follows a basketball coach in Harlem as he struggles with drug addiction. Twice As Nice, which follows women basketball players as they gear up for a draft in the “MBA” , was made a full 9 years before the WNBA was created in 1997.


Will (1981)


Twice As Nice (1989)