About Quise 

Filmmaker & Media Scholar

Marquise Mays is an award-winning filmmaker and media scholar based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Experienced in an array of media and arts practices—from cinematic storytelling to exhibition curation—Marquise brings imagination, technical expertise, and cultural awareness to entertainment productions, journalistic undertakings or media-rich events and civic engagements.

As an independent filmmaker, Marquise presents a range of access points for participation in dialogues, theoretical deliberations, and creative enterprises related to the projections of Black life on screen. In 2019, Mays worked as an Associate Producer on the Student Academy Award Winning Film, The Dope Years.


Most recently, his film, The Heartland, has been selected to be a part of an emerging filmmaker series curated by John Ridley, founder of Nō Studios and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of 12 Years of Slave. 

He holds a M.A from the University of Southern California and a B.A from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an independent filmmaker and film studies scholar, both, Marquise’s films and research have been screened/presented nationally and internationally.

Marquise was recently awarded the 2020 Brico Forward Fund Grant presented by the Milwaukee Film Festival for his documentary, Black Strings, which is currently in pre-production.


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