Andrea Leland, Producer/Director
Andrea Leland is the producer and director of the documentaries The Garifuna Journey, The Long Road Home and Voodoo and The Church in Haiti which have screened at museums, conferences and festivals throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States and have won numerous awards. Selected invitational screenings include: American Museum of Natural History, New York; 18th Bilan du Film Ethnographique, Paris, France; Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles; and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian, New York.

Her articles have been published in the Caribbean Review, ACM Literary Magazine and Angles. She is a member of New Day Films, Inc. and holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago.

Through Ms. Leland’s collaborative approach to documentary filmmaking, she has gained the respect and confidence of members of the Haitian, Mayan, and Garifuna communities. A theme which links all of her work is the preservation and documentation of native Caribbean and Latin American cultures.

Her past documentaries have proved to be successful tools for cultural preservation. The Garifuna Journey, produced in collaboration with Garifuna elders, was instrumental in gaining United Nations recognition as “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” for the Garifuna community.

Henrik Lockhart, Cameraperson / Associate Producer
Henrik Lockhart is a Virgin Islands native with a state-side B.F.A. in Film and Video. He is now the crew chief and principle cameraman for WTJX in the Virgin Islands. Having grown up with the music, Mr. Lockhart has intimate knowledge of both the music and the musicians who are the subject of this documentary.

Ines Sommer, Cameraperson
Ines Sommer is an independent filmmaker, cinematographer, curator and educator. She received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she has also taught film production and film history. Ines’ work – ranging from short films to documentaries and a narrative feature – has screened at numerous alternative exhibition venues and festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and Ann Arbor Film Festival. In addition to her personal work in film/video, Ines Sommer frequently collaborates with other filmmakers as a cinematographer and has shot a wide range of documentary, advocacy, educational and dramatic projects. Her company Sommer Film/Video specializes in producing educational and documentary videos for non-profit and university clients including DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, and the Chicago Historical Society

Jude Leak, Editor
Jude Leak is an award-winning editor with over a decade of documentary experience.  She works with Kurtis Productions and Towers Productions in Chicago to create programs such as the Emmy nominated Cold Case Files, Investigative Reports, and New Explorers for A&E Television Networks and PBS, Investigating History for The History Channel, Outdoor Investigations for The Outdoor Life Network, and numerous independent documentaries and films.  She has a BA in Film from Columbia College.

Cate Huetter, Project Assistant
Cate Huetter has a Cultural Studies and Anthropology background having completed her undergraduate work at University of Chicago and her graduate studies at Columbia University in New York. Her regional focus was Eastern Europe, where Cate conducted ethnographic research at a graduate level. She served for three years as coordinator for the Centennial Scholars and the First-Year Seminar Programs at Barnard College, where she advised students and wrote grants. She also taught Sociology at the College. Cate is now working with Andrea Leland where she functions as a grant-writer, a graphic designer, and the assistant to the producer.



 

 



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