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Alma W. Thomas lived a life of firsts: the first Fine Arts graduate of Howard University (1924), the first Black woman to mount a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1972), and the first Black woman to have her paintings exhibited in the White House (2009). Yet she did not receive national attention until she was 80. “Miss Alma Thomas” is the first documentary film that explores Thomas’ incredible life through the lens of curators, art specialists, scholars, her family, and features award-winning actress Alfre Woodard as the voice of Miss Thomas.

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Film Contact:

Jon Gann


  • Year
  • Runtime
    20 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    Suitable for All Ages
  • Note
    Documentary Short
  • Director
    Cheri Gaulke
  • Screenwriter
    Sue Maberry
  • Producer
    Jon Gann, Kia Baskervillle, Jacqueline Sage Bennett
  • Executive Producer
    Derek Fordjour, James Hal, Darren Horne, Lisa McDonough, Thom Pegg, Aaron Payne, and the Friends of Alma Thomas
  • Cast
    Alfre Woodard, Jonathan Walz, Seth Feman, Lisa Farrington, Tiffany Barber