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Alan Teasley

President

Alan B. Teasley retired in 2006 after working for 31 years in the Durham Public Schools in a variety of roles--as a high school English and drama teacher and as central office coordinator of secondary English, Social Studies, and Foreign Languages. He currently holds an adjunct faculty appointment in Duke University's Master of Arts in Teaching Program and Secondary Teacher Preparation Program, where he teaches courses in effective teaching strategies, methods of teaching English, and world literature. He holds BA, MAT, and PhD degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. Since 2003, Alan has volunteered as a member of the selection committee of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where he estimates he has seen well over a thousand documentaries. He also serves on the boards of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and the Friends of the Durham County Library. His articles on using film in the classroom have appeared in English Journal, The Iowa English Bulletin, Media and Methods, Telemedium, and The ALAN Revie.*. With Ann Wilder, he is the co-author of Reel Conversations: Reading Films with Young Adults (Heinemann Boynton/Cook, 1997), a book for middle and high school English teachers. With various colleagues, he has presented over twenty workshops on using media in the classroom at conferences hosted by such organizations as the National Council of Teachers of English, the North Carolina English Teachers Association, and the Annenberg School for Communication.

Micah Gilmer

Vice President

Micah Gilmer is an expert in applied research and program design. He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University in 2009. He serves as Senior Partner with Frontline Solutions, a social change organization that provides consulting services primarily to government, philanthropic and non-profit organizations. His current and recent projects include work for Open Society Foundations, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, UNC Chapel Hill, the Boston Foundation, and the Admiral Center. Gilmer's recent publications include "Momentum: Sustaining Efforts to Improve the Life Outcomes Among African-American Males" (Ford Foundation), "Family Matters" (ABFE), "Why We Can't Wait: A Case for Philanthropic Action" (Ford Foundation) and "Rebel Song: Soweto's Black Sunday Movement" (Transforming Anthropology). Gilmer is a former Morehead Scholar, and earned his undergraduate degree in African American and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with honors in 2003. He coaches football at Riverside High School in Durham, NC.

Herb Amey is an award-winning journalist and educator. He worked as a reporter, designer and editor at the Athens (Ohio) Messenger for more than 31 years, including six years as managing editor. During this time he supervised internships by students from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and from 2004 to 2007 he was a fulltime adjunct instructor at Ohio U. teaching News Reporting, News Editing, Information Gathering, Precision Language, and Introduction to Mass Communication. In the 1990s he was a volunteer with the Dairy Barn Arts Center, a community-based gallery, exhibit and educational facility in Athens, and he served on the organization's board from 2001-2006, including terms as secretary, vice president and president. He and his wife, Jo Ann, a retired high school English teacher, moved to Durham in 2007. They are avid fans and supporters of Full Frame, DPAC and other local arts organizations.

Vandana Dake was born in Delhi, India. She attended high school at St Mary's School in Pune going on to earn a degree in architecture BKPS College of Architecture from Pune University in 1985. After graduating she practiced architecture in Dubai from 1985-2000 with the Al Ghandi Group of Companies. In 1999 she relocated to the United States starting work with Alliance Architecture. Today she is a principal with the firm providing architectural services on a national basis with an expertise in work place design. With her initiative Alliance Architecture opened offices in New Delhi. In 2010 she headed a team that won a prestigious international competition to design the International Convention Center in Moshi, India. Her involvement in the Durham community is well known. She and her partner John Warasila are deeply involved in downtown Durham development and revitalization, having bought and refurbished numerous commercial buildings. Vandana serves on the Boards of the Durham Arts Council and is a Charter Member of the TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs).Since 2010 she has been on the Board of Advisors for the Nicholas School at Duke University. Within the entrepreneurial community she has been actively involved in the funding and production of a documentary film, Remarkable Journey on the Indian Community in North Carolina. She is also a founder and investor in Organic Transit, a Durham based transportation start-up. Vandana is an active Rotarian and incoming President Elect of The Downtown Durham Rotary.

Alan Jacobs was a film student at the School of the Arts in the mid '60s but left early to take work as a documentary director, editor, and producer. He eventually received the MFA in 2004 in order to teach film at the university level. In the interim Jacobs was co-owner of Odeon Films, a New York independent production and distribution film company, co-directing, co-producing, and editing documentaries for 15 years. During these years he was actively involved in the civil rights movement (Alabama March), the anti-Vietnam War protests (Only the Beginning and Sir, My Men Refuse to Go), the feminist movement (Open for Children), and the national emerging wave of independent film and video. Jacobs was the executive director of the Association of Independent Video; Filmmakers (AIVF); a founding trustee of the Sundance Film Institute; and a board member of the American Film Institute and the Independent Feature Project.

Part II, the sequel, began in Los Angeles, where Jacobs developed and produced narrative films with a first-look deal at Sydney Pollack's company, Mirage Enterprises (Running Out, Walter Matthau and Ellen Burstyn). Once again an independent, the next production was a Hallmark Hall of Fame film (An American Story, Kathleen Quinlan, Brad Johnson and Tom Sizemore). This was followed by a 10-year run of TV features, including A Call to Remember (Blythe Danner and Joe Mantegna). At the dawn of reality TV, Jacobs accepted a full-time position at Hallmark Entertainment, running the company's Los Angeles office and overseeing sales, development, and production. For a 5 year run, before leaving Los Angeles for Chapel Hill, Jacobs worked as an Assistant Professor at Cal State University, teaching documentary and narrative film production, screenwriting, and the history of European Cinema.

Eric Johnson founded his own company, Johnsound Productions, while attending North Carolina State University's School of Design. His early work included composing, writing, and recording jingles for local and regional clients as well as studio production for artists seeking recording contracts. In 1988, Eric began to move away from producing artists and began to concentrate on music for advertising as well as soundtracks for non-broadcast corporate video and film projects. In January of 2003, Eric joined Trailblazer Studios to launch the music and sound department providing custom music, sound design, and mixing for film, video, radio, television, theatrical, and multimedia presentations.

In June of 2014, Eric assumed a new role at Trailblazer as VP of Post + Sound. In this role, Eric remains intimately involved with music and sound but also oversees the continued growth of Trailblazer Studios as one of the premiere postproduction facilities in the region. Clients include commercials for Travelocity, Nationwide Insurance, Chevrolet, Sherwin Williams, and CBS Sports as well as television projects for Discovery Channel, TLC, OWN, HBO, National Geographic, PBS, and DIY/HGTV. Trailblazer has also provided ADR services for Paramount Pictures, Disney Channel, Columbia Pictures and NBC Universal.

Rhesa Rubin, a Chapel Hill attorney holds a BA in English from UCLA and a JD from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. She has practiced law for over 13 years, primarily in the field of family law. Se has had experience as a reporter (the UCLA Daily Bruin and the Toronto Daily Sun)and has served on the Board of Directors of the Palo Alto Bar Association. She has also worked in the Stanford University Development Office and has participated in fundraising for Durham Academy.

Ellen Stolzman has a long history in the marketing of entertainment products. After receiving an MBA from Wharton she joined CBS. During her nearly 10 years there, half of the time was spent marketing American pop, rock, jazz, country and R&B artists and their recordings around the world and and the other working with classical soloists, orchestras and opera singers in the US. She worked closely with artists, producing music videos, arranging personal appearances and tours, working with television, radio, and retail distribution channels. She joined Simon & Schuster to launch their books on cassette and home-video businesses and then moved to HBO Video where she marketed all types of programming but specialized in non-feature film programs such as documentaries, music, sports, educational, etc. During her almost 10 years at HBO, with P&L responsibility for this sector she evaluated programming, negotiated rights, executed contracts, and created marketing strategies and campaigns to achieve awareness of and distribution for niche products in niche markets in ways that hadn't been done before and built it into a fast growing and profitable business area. Ellen became a resident of Chapel Hill a few years ago when she moved down with her husband who took a position in Research Triangle.

Peter Tompkins is a graduate of the UNC School of Journalism, and has worked in advertising for twenty-five years at the News & Observer. He has served on several local boards over the years, including the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Durham, Inc. Peter lives in Durham with his wife Janene and their two children, and his hobbies include photography, baseball, backpacking, running, and going to the movies.

Co-Founders

Dr. Steven Channing brings a wide range of experiences as an historian, author, and Emmy Award winning filmmaker.  Over the past two decades his documentaries have explored many American stories, from The Lost Colony to February One, The Story of the Greensboro Four.  His Durham: A Self-Portrait was broadcast on Fox50, while Change Comes Knocking: The Story of the North Carolina Fund, and Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina have recently been broadcast on PBS in North Carolina.

Cynthia Hill is a North Carolina-based filmmaker whose works include the feature-length documentaries, Tobacco Money Feeds My Family and The Guestworker, as well as various films documenting southern life and culture. In 2011, Hill completed an 18 part multi-media project on domestic violence called Survivor to Survivor, and continued post production work on the feature-length documentary Private Violence.  A native of Pink Hill, NC, Hill began her production career as an editor at GLC Productions, a New York City post-production facility whose clients included MTV, PBS, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, and many others.

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