Co-Producer/Editor Patrick Lee is an Emmy-winning editor/producer for the long-running CBS News Sunday Morning. He has been nominated for a number of Emmys for his work and received one in 2004 for his work on Playing for Peace. Patrick was born and raised in Hong Kong and is a long-time New York resident. After graduating with both bachelors and masters degrees in film and television productions from the New York Institute of Technology, he worked on independent films in Los Angeles in various positions. In addition to news and documentaries experience, Patrick has written, directed and produced a half dozen works for the theater, two of which were later turned into educational films. One of these projects was a health initiative funded by the CDC about HIV/AIDS awareness. Patrick is also the 2002 recipient of the Edward Murrow Award for his work on a feature story for CBS Sunday morning.
Co-Producer/Media Consultant Michelle Materre’s professional background spans more than 25 years of experience as film producer, writer, arts administrator, outreach/distribution/marketing specialist and college professor. She was a founding partner of KJM3 Entertainment Group, the company responsible for marketing the successful theatrical release of Daughters of the Dust, the highly acclaimed film by Julie Dash, as well as L’Homme Sur Les Quais (The Man By The Shore) by Raoul Peck. Michelle continues to serve as an independent media consultant to filmmakers and film/video organizations on issues related to strategy, fundraising, distribution, marketing, outreach and programming and production issues. She has advised award-winning independent filmmakers and noteworthy film projects such as Sisters in Law by Kim Longinotto, released by Women Make Movies; The Boys of Baraka by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, released by ThinkFilms; Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice by Stanley Nelson; Chisholm ’72—Unbought & Unbossed by Shola Lynch; the Channel Thirteen/WNET‘s national series The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow; COLORVISION for American Public Television; West 47th Street by Bill Lichtenstein and June Peoples; Love and Diane, by Jennifer Dworkin; and Ralph Bunche: The Odyssey Continues by William Greaves, among others. Michelle is currently an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at The New School in New York City, and formerly on the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television.
Director of Photography Bobby Shepard is one of today‘s most respected cinematographers and is credited as Director of Photography or Producer in over two hundred documentary, dramatic, commercial, and sports films. Bobby first earned praise for his camera work in Eyes on the Prize, the Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated PBS multi-part documentary on the civil rights movement. Since then he has been Director of Photography or Producer for virtually every major documentary film series on television, including With Bill Moyers on PBS, HBO‘s America Undercover, PBS‘s Life 360, ABC News Nightline Up-Close, A&E Biography and The American Experience on PBS. Bobby‘s latest projects include Freedom Riders (PBS), Harry Belafonte: “Sing Your Song, II and Death Rattler (Black Ace Films).
Composer Bill Toles is a musician, producer, filmmaker and sound designer. In film, he has scored several recent documentaries including Paul Robeson: Here I Stand, produced for PBS/American Masters and premiered February 1999. Directed by St. Clair Bourne, this film won the Strand Award for Best Documentary from the International Documentary Association. Another of Bill‘s projects, Innocent Until Proven Guilty, directed by Kirsten Johnson, was invited to the 1999 Berlin Film Festival and won an Honorable Mention at the 1999 Urban World Film Festival. Innocent can be seen on the HBO Signature channel. He has also mixed sound for and contributed to the score of the documentary Hughes' Dream Harlem, directed by Jamal Joseph, which debuted on the Black Starz Movie Channel and it was recently picked up by PBS. He contributed the sound design for the award-winning short Like Twenty Impossibles by Annemarie Jacir (2003), which was invited to the 2003 Cannes Film Festival as an Official Selection of The Cinefoundation, as well as being nominated as a regional finalist in the 2003 Student Academy Awards. He recently wrapped production as sound designer/sound mixer on Kathleen Foster‘s documentary Afghan Women: A History of Struggle.