Creating a touring schedule for 12 filmmakers visiting 14 host sites is a very complicated endeavor. We subdivided the program into Tour A and Tour B, and assigned films to the host sites based on their audience preferences.
Each host site will be screening and hosting a total of six filmmakers–one a month during September, October, November, February, March, and April. You can find out which films are coming to your community by contacting your local host site (find a list here).
Get to know the Tour B filmmakers below.
TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives
Director, Nancy Kelly
Veteran independent filmmaker Nancy Kelly’s documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art includes:Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives, Smitten, and Downside Up. Trust follows the teenage actors of Chicago’s Albany Park Theater Project as they transform through courage, storytelling and community. Smitten, an amusing portrait of an 85-year-old contemporary art collector, aired as a PBS Prime Time Special, screened at over 25 film festivals, and won the Audience Awards at the DC Independent Film Festival and Aspen Shortsfest. Downside UP, about how the MASS MoCA contemporary art museum revived Kelly’s dying hometown, aired on the PBS series Independent Lens and in over 125 countries. Kelly directed and produced the critically-acclaimed dramatic feature film Thousand Pieces of Gold, which was released theatrically in the United States, and aired on the PBS American Playhouse series as well as internationally. She made the award-winning documentary shorts: Cowgirls, SweepingOcean Views and A Cowhand’s Song. Kelly was a fellow at the Sundance Institute June Lab and is a member of New Day Films, the premiere independent filmmaker’s educational distribution cooperative for social change media.
Little Town of Bethlehem
Director, Jim Hanon
Jim Hanon is the filmmaker and artist in residence of EGM Films. As film director and screenwriter, he is the creative force behind Little Town of Bethlehem (2009), The Grandfathers (2009), Miss HIV (2008), End of the Spear (2005),and Beyond the Gates of Splendor (2002). Hanon grew up with the simple values of a farming community in eastern Washington State. After attending a small art college, he began his first career in advertising. His career has included being a vice president at Leo Burnett, co-founding Hanon McKendry and Compass Arts, and serving as chief creative officer of Every Tribe Entertainment. He has won numerous international, national and regional awards for creative achievement. Hanon transitioned from advertising to filmmaking as a natural expansion of his artistic abilities and because he felt stories are the most respectful and engaging way to explore emotional insight. He believes that art is a fusion of the subject and the artist. Before he spends a couple of years making a film, he must find a deeply personal meaning within the story.
In Good Time, The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland
For 30 years Huey has been making films on artists, education, the environment, and the state of Maine. His films have been shown at film festivals and on television throughout the United States and in Europe. His sixth feature length documentary film, In Good Time, The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland, had its premiere as the Centerpiece Gala at the Maine International Film Festival in 2011. Huey is a recipient of a fellowship in film from the Maine Arts Commission, and is a member of the Maine Touring Artists and the New Hampshire Arts in Education programs. He is the recipient of the first “Huey” award from the Maine Film Commission. This award, named after the filmmaker, is given to an individual who exhibits “Exceptional contributions in film and education in Maine.” Huey is a founder of the Maine Student Film and Video Festival and was its director for 31 years. He has been an artist-in-residence in over 150 schools in New England and currently is an adjunct instructor in Communications and New Media, Southern Maine Community College.
Director, Ryan Richmond
Ryan Richmond is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a cinematographer, he has shot more than 60 films and music videos. His cinematography has been showcased in some 50 festivals nationally and internationally, including Sundance and Cannes. His work is currently airing on HBO with the documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama. Richmond’s directorial debut film Money Matters, was the first short film to be nominated for the Independent Feature Project’s Gordon Parks Award (2001). His screenplay for Money Matters was selected by Tribeca Film Festival’s All Access Program, won the UrbanWorld Film Festival’s HBO Screenplay Competition and second place for the Larry Neal Dramatic Writing Competition. The film won Audience Favorite Award at Roxbury International; a Finalist in the HBO competition at the African American Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival; was featured at Urbanworld, Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference Film Series; and nominated for Best Director at the Pan African Film Festival.
Director, Sara Terry
A former staff correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and magazine freelance writer, Sara Terry made a mid-career transition into photojournalism and documentary photography in the late 1990s. Her long-term project about the aftermath of war in Bosnia, “Aftermath: Bosnia’s Long Road to Peace,” was published in 2005 by Channel Photographics. Her work has been widely exhibited, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and in many private collections. In 2005, she received a prestigious Alicia Patterson Fellowship for her work in Bosnia. She is the founder of The Aftermath Project (www.theaftermathproject.org), a nonprofit grant program which helps photographers cover the after effects of conflict. Based on the conviction that “War is only half the story,” the Aftermath Project seeks to affect media and public understanding of the true cost of war and the real price of peace through its grant program, exhibitions, publications and educational outreach. Fambul Tok is her first documentary film. She was awarded a 2009 Sundance Documentary Institute grant for the film. A 2010 IFP Doc Lab Fellow, Terry is currently at work on her second documentary, about the subculture of American folk music.
Director, Paul Devlin
A five-time Emmy winner for his work on NBC’s Olympics and CBS’s Tour de France coverage, Paul Devlin began making films at age 12 with a Super 8 camera from his father. Devlin’s first documentary Rockin’ Brunswick was made while earning his degree in English Literature at the University of Michigan. Since then, he has created numerous independent projects including four feature-length, theatrically-released, films: SlamNation, Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme, Power Trip and BLAST!. These films have screened for millions of viewers in over 120 countries as well as winning over a dozen international film festival awards and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Devlin is currently working on Super Star Dumb, a musical comedy about the broken promise of middle-class rock-and-roll stardom. As an editor, Devlin’s extensive credits include commercials, music videos (Elvis Costello, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny G), television shows and major sports broadcasts, including CBS’s Super Bowl and ABC/ESPN’s World Cup soccer coverage. He has visited over 40 countries and has exhibited photographs of his travels. As a writer, he has contributed to The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Filmmaker, The Independent, and Cineaste, among others. Devlin is on the Board of Directors of Nila, Inc., which designs and manufactures environmentally sustainable LED lighting for the motion picture and television industries.