A.M. Sands is an independent documentary filmmaker, currently at work on a new film entitled What Makes Me White? She has received a total of 20 awards for her work, including an Emmy, a Peabody Award, and a San Francisco Film Festival Golden Gate Award. Her op-ed essay on segregation in the North recently appeared in the Boston Sunday Globe. Her television credits include Africans in America, the landmark PBS series on America’s journey through slavery; We Are Family, a WGBH and PBS documentary on life in lesbian and gay families; and Two Intimate Journeys, a WGBH documentary contrasting a feminist and a New Right woman.
She has produced in-depth news and documentaries for both WGBH-TV and Radio, as well as for NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Topics have included race relations in Boston, welfare, abortion, prisons, and many other social issues. In 1988 Sands was awarded a National Press Foundation Spanish Language Fellowship, which allowed her to study Spanish in Mexico. Now fluent in Spanish, she has served as Consulting Producer to La Plaza, PBS’ only program by and for Latino communities.
Sands holds an MFA in Writing. Her poems have appeared in a number of literary journals, and her first book of poems, The Green-go Turn of Telling, is forthcoming from the Irish press Salmon Poetry. She is the co-director of the Brookline Poetry Series.
Jean-Philippe Boucicaut is a documentary editor and producer. American Blackout, a film he co-produced and edited, won the Special Jury Prize at both the Sundance Film Festival 2006 and the Independent Film Festival of Boston, Best Documentary at Cinequest and the Audience Award at both the Cleveland and Columbus Film Festivals. He edited Citizen King, which had a special screening at the Sundance Film Festival 2004. Jean-Philippe produced and directed Voices of a Divided City, for Henry Hampton’s Blackside Inc., which aired on PBS. He produced and edited Liberia: America’s Stepchild, and We’re Still Here, which won the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking 2004, both of which aired on PBS. He was co-producer and editor for Secret Daughter, which won him an Emmy Award and a Gold Baton from the Dupont-Columbia Awards.
He has also won three Peabody Awards. He was a juror in the Documentary category at the Sundance Film Festival 2005 and the Boston Independent Film Festival 2005. He has served as an advisor at the Sundance Documentary Story and Edit Lab in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He is currently editing a feature length documentary about Van Jones and the Green Movement in America. He has also been a lecturer and advisor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s Documentary Program. Jean-Philippe currently resides in Northern California.
Brian has been a Director of Photography for 25 years. He studied film production at The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and is recognized for his lighting design and hand held work. He has both an MFA in film production and a BFA in Photography from RISD. Brian has shot for national and international television networks, as well as for feature films, commercials and corporate presentations. His film work ranges from documentary, verite portraits to studio and location lighting design for narrative screenplays. His credits include dozens of films for the PBS programs, Nova, Frontline and American Experience. Recent feature film credits include operating camera for the Disney feature Surrogates. He currently consults for and is one of the DP’s for the Discovery Channel show, Time Warp. Brian has worked with crews, large and small. He shoots with all HD, electronic recording formats and with 35mm and super 16mm film. He has extensive experience on water, remote terrain, and with aerial production. He is a veteran of Green screen production, special effects, pyrotechnics and stunt performances, and has experience operating remote jibs and motion control mounts.
Allie Humenuk is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have been seen nationally and internationally at museums, film festivals and on television. As a cinematographer, her clients include PBS, MTV, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and many independent producers. For years she taught film and video production at Harvard University. Currently, she continues to freelance as a cinematographer. She is also the Executive Producer at Vida Health Communications, Inc. where she makes public health videos about women’s health and childhood development. She recently completed Shadow of the House—Photographer Abelardo Morell, a feature length documentary that is playing in festivals and museums around the country.