Film Bios

Principal Production Crew:

The principal production crew, Sandy Dickson, Churchill Roberts, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson are professional filmmakers and university professors who have worked together for twenty years producing their own work for national and international broadcasts and distribution and film festival and museum screenings and educating aspiring documentary filmmakers.

Their films have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Freedom Forum, the Jerome A. Yavitz Foundation, Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation and the North Carolina Humanities Council. They have twice received the Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians for outstanding historical documentary. Five of the their documentaries have aired nationally on PBS, including a premiere on the critically-acclaimed Independent Lens series. Their work has screened at the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and they have received Best Documentary Feature and the Audience Awards at film festivals. Most recently their film, Angel of Ahlem, was screened in Poland as part of international Holocaust commemorations. The film has also been recently picked up for distribution by The National Center for Jewish Film.

Consulting Producer:

Peter Gilbert has had a distinguished career in producing, directing, and photographing documentaries, feature films, commercials, and music videos. Gilbert is one of the filmmakers who made Hoop Dreams, serving as a Producer and Director of Photography. The Oscar-nominated film won numerous awards including The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Producers Guild of America, Independent Spirit Award, and The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Journalism. The groundbreaking film is often cited as one of the best documentaries of all time.


John Califra has completed scores for Oscar and Emmy winning documentaries and dramatic and animated feature films. His film scores have also received critical acclaim from media outlets such as the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety.

Animation Team:

Lead illustrator Cory Godbey has illustrated picture books and book covers for a variety of publishers, including Oxford University Press, Random House, and Thomas Nelson. He is a contributor to Flight, the popular graphic novel anthologies. Recently, Cory created a tribute to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. A selection of the work was shown at the prestigious Gallery Nucleus with Cory as guest curator. He has also been included in the Society of Illustrator’s Annual 50.

Animator Danny McNight, formerly with Portland Studios, is a freelance motion artist/animator based in Greenville, SC. Danny has worked on commercials, documentaries, and mixed-use video for local, national and international clients.

Producer’s Representative:

Steven C. Beer has served as counsel to numerous award-winning writers, directors and producers. He also represents industry leading film production, film finance and film distribution companies.

Director of Outreach:

Mary M. Dalton’s recent film Martha in Lattimore was an official selection at SILVERDOCS. The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) distributed a special broadcast version of the film to public television stations.

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