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.
Barb is the Director and Producer of the documentary film Adopted, a feature length documentary that explores the grit rather than the glamour of international adoption. The film includes a companion DVD Adopted: We Can Do Better, which Barb and her team created as an educational teaching guide for today’s adoptive families. She is the Executive Producer of The Prep School Negro, a new documentary that explores how costly scholarships can be for young African American students who attend some of the most elite prep schools in America. She is also the Executive Producer of In 500 Words or Less, a documentary that follows 4 high school seniors and their families as they navigate the college admission process. She has also served as a story editor and consultant on several documentaries through her alma mater, UNC-Chapel Hill, including Overburden, Las Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity and Without a Fight.
Prior to creating her own company, Barb worked in development at Fox TV and at 20th Century Fox Films. She earned BA’s in Broadcast Journalism and Speech Communication in 1988 from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was awarded their first Hollywood internship at Paramount Studios. She worked at Paramount as a writing intern for Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Barb is married and together, she and her husband have four daughters and two dogs.
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.
Shola Lynch is an award-winning filmmaker based in Harlem. She is also the curator for film and audio at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Lynch honed her filmmaking skills with Florentine Films and has gone on to direct, produce and script stories for BET, CNN, ESPN, HBO and PBS. Her first independent documentary, Chisholm ’72 — Unbought & Unbossed, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, aired on PBS’s POV series, and won a Peabody Award. Her second feature, which was co-produced with De Films En Aguille and BET, recounts the politically charged events that thrust activist Angela Davis on to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in 1970. Toronto International Film Festival honored Free Angela and All Political Prisoners with a gala premier. Code Black/Lionsgate distributed the film theatrically in the US. Since, the film has sold internationally and won numerous awards including a NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary.