What documentaries have been the most influential/inspiring to you? Why?
I have been fortunate to work on documentary projects, in which I have met extraordinary individuals who have witnessed the unspeakable and yet have come out on the other side with grace and kindness. One such project, “The People v. The Klan” directed by Donnie Eichar. It is a documentary about a young man who was randomly pulled off the street and lynched by members of the KKK in the 1980s. My experience as a member of the production was profound. I will never forget meeting Miss Ruth Collins, also a victim of hate. She lost her hearing and an eye in an explosion that killed her sister and three friends at the 16th StreetBaptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, September 15th 1963
Why is diversity important in the stories we tell and in our producer teams, cast, crew and post?
Because isolation from one another breeds ignorance. We learn from each other by sharing our stories and experiences. Working together builds bonds that make us better people and more compassionate individuals. Miss Ruth Collins experienced the worst of humanity but was optimistic enough to believe we can make a difference. I believe her.