Jasmine "Jaz" Gray: Producer/Director - Jasmine earned her M.A. in TV and Film from Syracuse University in 2011 on a fellowship through Turner Broadcasting. She earned her B.S. in Journalism from Middle Tennessee State University in 2010 where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Jasmine has worked as a production assistant for shows airing on BET and the Oprah Winfrey Network. She has worked with the International Documentary Association and Cartoon Network as well as written for publications including The Nashville Tennessean and The Louisville Courier Journal. Jasmine was one of 20 students nationwide named to the 2010 USA Today All-USA College Academic first team. In 2006, She founded Jaz’s Jammies Inc., a 501c3 that has collected over 4000 pairs of children's pajamas to date for hospitals and homeless shelters.
BJ Rouse:Producer - BJ entered the film industry as Script Supervisor for Showtime’s short film, "Jacob’s Sound." Rouse was one of the Assistant Director's on Showtime’s AIDS Awareness and NYU thesis short film "A Spoonful of Sugar" which has received numerous awards and accolades. BJ wrote, directed and produced two short films "Billie" & "Queen Victoria's Wedding," directed the short film, "Are You Looking" and produced "Blood Moon." She also produced the award winning NYU thesis film, "Rose’s Brew." BJ was a recipient of both the Kodak and the Panavision New Filmmakers Grant. She is currently a member of the Writers Guild Independent Writers Caucus. BJ was one of twelve writers selected from thousands of submissions nationwide for the prestigious Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program a.k.a. the Cosby Program sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Bill Cosby at the University of Southern California.
Marilyn Ness: Consulting Producer - Marilyn is a two-time Emmy Award winning documentary film producer with over fifteen years of experience. Her co-productions with Ric Burns including Ansel Adams, The Center of the World, AndyWarhol, and Eugene O’Neill were broadcast nationally on PBS. Most recently, Ness produced and directed BAD BLOOD: A Cautionary Tale chronicling how an FDA-approved medication became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans. The film aired nationally on PBS in June 2011.
J. Kevin Swain: Consulting Producer - Emmy and Grammy nominated director J. Kevin Swain is one of the most versatile producer/directors in music related content, concert films, and television production. Over his almost twenty (20) years in the entertainment business, Swain has produced projects with some of the biggest names in the industry. Past clients include AEG, Allstate Insurance, LVMH, BET, Centric, YouTube, MTV (NY, Africa & Brazil),LVMH, Nigerian Breweries. Centric, TV-One, Lexus, MySpace, Eagle Rock. He is currently producing the gospel music special,“The King’s Men” as well as a feature length documentary on Brazilian music and culture. His recent directing credits include Grammy Award Winning Artists Alicia Keys, Kirk Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, John Legend, and ‘the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul’, Mary J. Blige. Swain was one of the directors of the wildly successful series, “Being Bobby Brown” for Bravo.
Mitchell Block: Advisor - Mitchell Block has handled the distribution and marketing of hundreds of documentary, live action, and animated shorts films and documentary features, 25 have won Oscars and 71 have received Academy Award nominations. He was a consultant on short and feature nonfiction projects for HBO/Cinemax from 1998 to 2006. "Poster Girl" produced by Block and directed by Sara Nesson was nominated for Academy Award (Documentary Short Film) in 2011. Block conceived, co-created, and is an executive-producer of the Emmy Award-winning 10-hour documentary series "Carrier" which was financed by Mel Gibson's Icon Productions and aired on PBS in 2008. He was an executive-producer on HBO's 2000 Oscar-winning film "Big Mama."He has been teaching independent film producing at USC's School of Cinematic Arts on an adjunct basis since 1979. He is president of Direct Cinema Limited and produces and consults in Santa Monica California.
Claes Jonasson: Claes brings with him over 35 years of media experience in the US and internationally.His passion is telling stories, finding stories, and through them conveying a message and making it come alive for the audience. He delights in finding new ways and new tools for telling stories that connect with today’s audiences."
Brian Rule: A life-long artist, Brian specializes in videography and video editing, as well as graphic design, photography, and creative writing. Brian graduated with honors from The University of Virginia and later fostered his creative talents in Los Angeles, CA. Today, he resides in his hometown of Richmond, VA, where he proudly contributes to projects representing the greater good. More of his work can be seen at brianrule.net.
Film Teaser Editors:
Karl Heinz - Karl is originally from Haiti. His passion for entertainment was fostered by the time he spent in high school observing his uncle and cousin perform throughout Brooklyn on the underground Jamaican circuit. He was motivated to pursue photography, and that evolved into an interest in videography particularly in music video production. His drive was fueled further by serving as an extra for an HBO pilot series called Da Brick by director Spike Lee. He loves his work because it allows him to escape his present challenges and reality by using footage to replay visuals of events from the past.