BIOS

Macky Alston
Director

Macky Alston’s award-winning documentary films include The Killer Within (premiered Toronto International Film Festival 2006, to air on the Discovery Channel 2007), Questioning Faith (premiered Full Frame Film Festival and Hot Docs International Film Festival, aired on HBO/Cinemax 2002), and Family Name (premiered Sundance Film Festival 1997, aired on PBS’ POV 1998). His awards include the Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award and the Gotham Open Palm Award. He has appeared in press around the world including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and The New York Times. Alston also serves as Director of Auburn Media, a division of the Center for Multifaith Education at Auburn Theological Seminary dedicated to informed, engaging coverage of religion in the media.

Selina Lewis Davidson
Producer

Selina Lewis Davidson co-founded GreenHouse Pictures with Nancy Roth. GreenHouse Pictures is a New York-based documentary production company dedicated to diverse stories from a variety of perspectives that enlighten, educate and entertain. Formerly known as Mixed Greens Documentaries, the company has produced more than 12 nationally broadcast documentaries exploring a wide range of topics. Recent projects include: Occupation: Dreamland, a cinema verité portrait of American infantrymen serving in Fallujah, Iraq, (directors: Garrett Scott and Ian Olds) which was released theatrically in 2005, won the 2006 Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction award and aired on the Sundance Channel in 2006; Pack, Strap, Swallow (director: Holly Paige Joyner) which aired on the Sundance Channel in 2006; The Perfect Life, (director: Sam Lee) which had its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2006, and; Hard Road Home, (director: Macky Alston) which will premiere at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival in March 2007. Selina was Director of Documentary Programming at Mixed Greens for four years, where she produced films including George Ratliff’s critically acclaimed Hell House (theatrical release 2002), Macky Alston’s Questioning Faith (Cinemax/Reel life), Hannah Weyer’s Escuela (POV/PBS), Bryan Gunnar Cole’s Boomtown (POV/PBS), and Sarah Price’s Caesar’s Park (Sundance Channel). Selina was also Supervising Producer for three documentaries that were part of Mixed Greens’ New Directors program. They include 156 Rivington, which premiered on the Sundance Channel in October 2003 as well as Slumming It: Myth & Culture on the Bowery and The Federation of Black Cowboys, both of which premiered on the Reel New York Series on Thirteen/WNET in 2005. Prior to joining Mixed Greens, Selina produced documentary film and television in L.A. and New York. Her credits as a producer include the feature documentary Family Name (director: Macky Alston) which premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and won the Freedom of Expression Award. The film was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Programming after it aired nationally in 1998 on the PBS documentary series POV/American Documentary.

Christopher White

Editor

Christopher White has been a documentary film editor for the past 10 years. His early professional training was with Ric Burns on The Way West and the Peabody Award-winning film The Donner Party. In 1999, he edited Greener Grass: Cuba, Baseball and the United States (director: Aaron Woolf), which won Best Sports Documentary at the Banff Film Festival. In collaboration with director Macky Alston he has edited numerous films including Family Name, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won its Freedom of Expression Award and the critically acclaimed Questioning Faith: Confessions of a Seminarian, which aired on HBO/Cinemax Reel Life. For Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Roger Weisberg he edited Aging Out, a chronicle of foster kids leaving the foster care system which aired on PBS in 2005, and Waging A Living, which documented the struggle of four working Americans to make ends meet, which premiered on Public Television’s POV/American Documentary in 2006. Most recently, White served as editor and co-director with Macky Alston of The Killer Within for Discovery Films, which premiered at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. In addition, Mr. White has edited numerous programs for MSNBC, PBS, A&E, and Bravo.

Andrea Meller
Co-Director/Associate Producer

Andrea Meller is an independent documentary filmmaker and camerawoman. Her directorial debut, 156 Rivington, a one-hour documentary about a community center founded by squatters and their struggle for space, premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival in 2003 and was broadcast nationally on the Sundance Channel. She also co-produced and edited 9/12, a film that captured the grief and recovery processes of airline workers post September 11th. Her other production work includes credits for programs on PBS, TLC, WE, Style Network, and MTV. Andrea also works with CUP, a New York City based non-profit, to produce films about urban planning and policy, including a public access television show on public housing made by public housing residents and advocates.

Tony Hardmon
Director of Photography

Hardmon is an award-winning cinematographer who specializes in verité documentaries. His credits include programs for HBO, PBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, MTV and VH-1. He has collaborated on several films with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus. These credits include The Execution Of Wanda Jean (HBO), Girlhood (TLC), Juvies (A&E), and Saving Xiara (HBO).

Recently he shot The Boys Of Baraka (PBS), a documentary following twenty “at risk” boys from downtown Baltimore attending an experimental school in Kenya. The film received numerous awards including the Special Jury Prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at the Newport Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature at the Atlanta Film Festival and the 2005 NAACP Image Award.

Other credits include A Walk To Beautiful, (PBS) a feature documentary dealing with young Ethiopian women suffering from obstetric fistula, Hard Road Home (Director: Macky Alston) following the re-entry of several ex-offenders into free society, Nubia The Forgotten Kingdom (Discovery Channel) filmed in the northern desert regions of Sudan and Search For The Santa Maria (Discovery Channel) a historical documentary shot in Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Canary Islands.

He is currently shooting Michael Moore’s forthcoming documentary Sicko, focusing on the state of healthcare in America, and a feature documentary about the Los Angeles Crips and Bloods street gangs directed by Stacey Peralta.
Camara Kambon
Composer

Emmy Award winning composer Camara Kambon has crossed lines between features, network television and record production. He’s composed music for Oliver Stone’s, Any Given Sunday, Biker Boyz, Citizen King, The Cookout and the IMAX film, Michael Jordan to the Max. In addition, Mr. Kambon has co- written songs for Dr. Dre, Eminem, Macy Gray, Esthero and Mary J. Blige, including her first #1 hit, Family Affair. In addition to his film and songwriting credits, Mr. Kambon has also written several television themes, including The CW sitcom, Girlfriends, in it’s seventh season, and AMC’s Backstory series.

Mr. Kambon has received an Emmy nomination for scoring HBO’s Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio, Tiger’s 68: City on Fire and won the Emmy for his score for HBO’s Sonny Liston: The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion. Kambon has also been commissioned to compose pieces for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Most recently, Mr. Kambon music supervised the scores for Tyler Perry’s hits Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion and most recently,
Daddy’s Little Girls. Mr. Kambon’s work on Hard Road Home is his third collaboration with Macky Alston.

Sara Pellegrini
Assistant Editor/ Production Coordinator

Sara Pellegrini has worked in film, television and radio in both production and post production. Some of the documentaries she has worked on include Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America, Sumo East and West, The Good War And Those Who Refused To Fight It, and Rock Med, a doc TV series for VH1. Her own short films have screened in New York, San Francisco and Seattle. When she’s not working in film, she cuts audio for the NPR show, Radio Lab.

CREDITS:

Directed by
MACKY ALSTON

 

Produced by
SELINA LEWIS DAVIDSON

 

In Association with
AUBURN MEDIA

 

Edited by
CHRISTOPHER WHITE

 

Co-Director
ANDREA MELLER

 

Music by
CAMARA KAMBON

 

Director of Photography
TONY HARDMON

 

Assistant Editor
Sara Pellegrini

 

Sound Recordist
C.A. Mose

Additional Photography

Ronnie Hernandez
Andrea Meller
Jimmy ODonnell
Eric Strauss

 

Additional Sound
Brian Fish
J.T. Takagi
William Tzouris

 

Gaffer
Curt Jentsch

 

Grip
Nick Harder

 

Associate Producer
Andrea Meller

Production Coordinator

Sara Pellegrini

 

Production Assistants
Miguel Espinal
Brendan Hurley
Thomas Woodrow

 

Sound Edit & Mix
Margaret Crimmins
Greg Smith
Dog Bark Sound, Inc.

 

Score Recorded by
Rick Aoyama for Inflx Entertainment

 

Online Facility
Teatown Communications Group

Online Editor & Colorist

Jon Fordham

 

Exodus Transitional Community
Staff

 

Julio Medina
Desiree Clemente
Adam Friedman
Mark Graham
Rudy Holder
Alberto Lopez
Jesus Medina
Michael Pass
Fabiola Pierre
Tiffany Rivera
Clarisa Torres
Wendy Vasquez
Sharon White

 

Exodus Transitional Community
Participants

 

Gregory “Griffik” Negroni
Nelson Castro
Eugene Fortune
Charlene Frett
Barbara Graham
Jerry Lewis
Edward Morel
Nelson Rabaza
Wayne Ruiz
Hector Sanchez
Donald Wallace

 

Very Special Thanks

 

The Families of Exodus Staff and Participants

 

Fred Davie
Chelsea Farley
Renata Cobbs Fletcher

 

Special Thanks

 

Abel Cine Tech
Addy’s Hair Salon
Victor Alvarez & Elizabeth McKenna, Success Counseling Services
Jonathan Applebaum
Edie Beaujean
Rabbi Daniel Brenner
Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts, Bob Drake, & Naomi Graham,
Abyssinian Baptist Church Mentoring Program
Chelsea Community Church
Sandra Christie
Church of the Living Hope
Leonard Cox
Demo
Pat Dunon
Eastern Effects
Julia Elliott
John Foster
Nicholas Gottlieb
Rev. Johnny Green
Lulie Haddad
Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson
Sandra Itkoff
J & D Labs
Rachel Levin
Rachel Libert
Tanisha Little
Liz Ferris Word Processing
Long Island Jewish Hospital
Edwin Lopez
Eileen Macholl
Angela Martenez
Tonya Martines
Sarah Masters
Rev. Lonnie McLeod
Irene Min
Montefiore Hospital
Joshua Olesker
R.A.W. Barbershop
Les Rogers
Nancy Roth
Harold Shaw
Jenna Tiitsman
Underground / B. Unique Skate Park
Alvin Valentine
Rima Vesely-Flad

 

Special Thanks

 

New York State Department of Correctional Services
Public Information Office
Fulton Correctional Facility
Lincoln Correctional Facility
Sing Sing Correctional Facility
New York Theological Seminary Masters Program
at Sing Sing Correctional Facility

 

Legal Counsel
Pelosi Wolf Effron & Spates LLP

 

Fiscal Sponsor
Hartley Film Foundation

 

“Precious Lord”
Original Piano Piece by
Rudy Holder

 

Archival Footage
Courtesy of
NBC News Archives

 

The film was made possible by a grant from
Public/Private Ventures, a national nonprofit
organization that seeks to improve the
effectiveness of social policies and programs

 

© 2007 GreenHouse Pictures

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