André Robert Lee
Director & Producer
André has taken a unique path from teaching in the NYC public School system, to Graduate school and then the Ford Foundation before finding his way to the entertainment business. André had his first taste of feature film while working on the set of The Best Man. After The Best Man, André took every freelance job possible in the entertainment world until landing at Miramax Films in the Academy-driven Marketing Department. André then held the post of Director of Marketing for Urbanworld. Following Urbanworld, André joined Film Movement where he produced two short films: Friday Night Fever, which was created in a partnership with Donna Karan, and The Ecology of Love (Sundance 2004), starring Pharrell Williams, which was produced in partnership with Visa. André’s work as a freelance producer has included a music video for The Churchills and numerous segments for German television.
In the Summer of 2005 André worked with Effie T. Brown (Real Women Have Curves; Producer) and Jeffrey Blitz (Academy Award Nominee Spellbound; Director) on their feature Rocket Science. André was in charge of all clearances and product placement for this film. André then produced Rupaul’s latest feature film project entitled Starrbooty Reloaded. In the Spring of 2006 André produced Dirty Laundry, which stars Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Divine, Terry Vaughn, Jenifer Lewis and Sommore.
André currently serves on the Connecticut College Alumni Board of Directors, is on the Advisory Board of the Topsoil Film Festival (Rotterdam), is a Jury/Selection Committee Member of the Rap-It-Up/Black Aids Short Subject Film Competition as well as serves on the Executive Committee of Film In the City. André lives and works in New York City.
Point Made makes films about the various facets of American identity.
Founded in 1997, Point Made has been telling stories in various forums, including business, education and fundraising.
Today, we work to document aspects of our society that teach us more about who we are as Americans and as citizens of the world.
Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
LOKI FILMS is a New York-based documentary film production company founded in 2001 by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. The boutique company is dedicated to making films that evoke a deeper understanding of the human experience with all its complexities, high stakes and humor. Loki Films has produced a variety of film and television projects for a wide array of international clients. The company’s projects have been seen in movie theaters all over the world and on prestigious networks like UK’s Channel Four, France’s Canal Plus, The Discovery Channel, Italy’s RAI networks and Al Jazeera.
This year the owners and co-directors, Ewing and Grady were nominated both for the Academy Awards and an Emmy for excellence in documentary filmmaking. This year Time Magazine included Ewing and Grady as one of five innovators in documentary film. Over the last few years Loki Films has been lauded by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Der Spiegal, Le Figaro, Variety, The Los Angeles Times and numerous international magazines and television programs, from France to Australia for the dedication to the truth and for expertise in verité filmmaking, which allows the subjects to speak for themselves.
Loki Films has taken on a vivid array of subjects that include the rise of Christian Fundamentalism in the United States (“Jesus Camp”), inner-city children and lack of educational opportunities for them (“The Boys of Baraka”), the inner workings of Scientology, the plight of the criminally insane, and the labyrinth that is the criminal justice system in New York City. They have, together and individually, produced and directed documentary projects for A&E, the CBS Television Network, The Discovery Channel, VH1, Channel Four and the BBC in the UK, and other international networks.
The 2006 Peabody Award winning CHISHOLM ’72 – Unbought & Unbossed is Shola Lynch’s directorial debut. “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners” is her current feature documentary project about the events in 1970- 72 that catapulted activist Angela Davis to international notoriety.
Lynch learned the craft of documentary making on the job. She worked with Ken Burns and Florentine Films on the Peabody Award-winning Frank Lloyd Wright and the ten-part JAZZ series. She has also worked on the Emmy Award winning Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team, an HBO Sports documentary that is part of the Sports in the Twentieth Century series. At Orlando Bagwell’s ROJA Productions, she co-produced a documentary short about the 2000 Census and racial identity that was included in the last hour of the four-part series on race in America, Matters of Race, which aired on PBS in 2003.
Lynch grew up in New York City, where she currently lives. She became part of the PBS family as a regular on Sesame Street from age 2-6. As a nationally ranked track athlete in the 800m and 1500m, she pursued her Olympic aspirations with the Lady Long Horns at the University of Texas while completing a Liberal Art Honors BA. Her most important life lesson derives from an athletic career that spanned 15 years of national and international competition. “The lesson is not one of being a champion but the payoff of perseverance in the pursuit of a goal,” she says.
Lynch also has a master’s degree in American history from the University of California, Riverside that culminated in a thesis and an exhibition at the California Museum of Photography titled “How Far Have We Come? Past and Present Images of African Americans.”