Behind The Lens - The Filmmakers
CONNIE FIELD, Producer and Director
Producer/Director Connie Field has worked on numerous dramatic and documentary films, as well as independently producing her own work.
Connie Field is a recipient of the John Grierson Award as most outstanding social documentarian, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the founder and president of Clarity Films (www.clarityfilms.org). Her most recent endeavor, Have You Heard From Johannesburg? (2006), a documentary series on the global effort to end Apartheid in South Africa, was awarded Best Documentary Feature by the National Film Board of Canada at the 2006 Vancouver Film Festival.
She was a director on Forever Activists (1990) (Academy Award Nominee), and her feature documentary, Freedom on My Mind (1994), a history of the civil rights movement in Mississippi, was nominated for an Academy Award and earned several other honors, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival; Erik Barnouw Award, Organization of American Historians; John O'Connor Award, American Historical Association; and Distinguished Documentary Award, International Documentary Association. It was named “One of the Ten Best Films” of 1994 by a variety of film critics and was also broadcast on The American Experience.
She produced, directed and edited the feature documentary The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1981). Rosie… earned fifteen awards for Best Documentary (including Gold Hugo, Chicago; John Grierson, Blue Ribbon, American International Festival; Golden Marazzo, Festival dei Popoli; Cine Golden Eagle; Golden Athena, Athens Festival; British Academy Award Nominee); was named “One of the Ten Best Films of the Year” by several publications (including the Village Voice and Film Comment); was voted “Best Independent Feature of the Year” in American Film Magazine; was translated into ten languages and is listed in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. It was broadcast on The American Experience.
GAIL REED, Co-Producer and Executive Producer
Gail Reed, M.S., is a journalist who serves as International Director of Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC), an Atlanta-based non-profit organization that develops programs bridging the US, Cuban and global medical, nursing and public health communities. She is Executive Editor of MEDICC Review, a quarterly journal on Cuban medicine and public health.
Ms. Reed has written on social and economic issues in Cuba for the last two decades. From 1993 to 1997, Ms. Reed regularly contributed to Business Week magazine, and from 1994 to 1996, was producer in Havana for NBC News.
Ms. Reed’s writings include: Denial of Food and Medicine: The Impact of the U.S. Embargo on Health and Nutrition in Cuba (1997, American Association for World Health, 300 pp.); Island in the Storm (1992, Ocean Press and the Center for Cuban Studies, 200 pp.); a series on women and race in Cuba; and numerous articles as contributing editor for Cuba Update, journal of the Center for Cuban Studies.
Ms. Reed received a Master of Science from Columbia University School of Journalism, New York (1976); and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois (1969).
VICENTE FRANCO, Cinematographer
Independent filmmaker Vicente Franco has produced, directed, shot and edited numerous documentaries, including: Venceremitos (1991) Cuba Va: The Challenge of the Next Generation (1993); and Daughter from Danang (2003). The Oscar-nominated Daughter… won numerous awards, such as Grand Jury Prize Best Documentary at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival; Golden Gate Award Grand Prize at the San Francisco International Film Festival; and Best Documentary at the New Jersey International Film Festival.
As a TV Producer/Director/Writer for the Spanish Television Network (Univision) from 1982 to 1989, he was involved in news, public affairs, commercials, and public service announcements. He has worked on films and/or training videos for Institutions like UCSF, The State of California, and The Smithsonian Institution, as well as corporations like Shaklee and MXM Essential Formulas. Mr. Franco was also a member of the board of Directors of Cine Acción (the only Latino Film/Video organization in the Bay Area) for 5 years.
A native of Madrid Spain, Vicente Franco began his studies at the University of Journalism in Madrid. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Master’s Degree at San Francisco State University.
RHONDA COLLINS, Editor
Rhonda Collins is an accomplished documentary filmmaker and editor with 15 years of experience in the field.
Her editing credits include such highly acclaimed films as Oil on Ice, (2004, Producers: Bo Boudart/Dale Djerassi) winner of the IDA's 2004 Pare Lorentz Award for the film that "best reflects the social activism, democratic principles and creative lyrical vision of the films of Pare Lorentz, American pioneer of documentary filmmaking"; Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin (2003, Producers: Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer), official selection, Sundance Film Festival, and winner of the CINE Golden Eagle Award and numerous Best Documentary and Audience awards at festivals in Athens, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Turin.
Other credits include Sound of the Soul (2005, Producer: Stephen Olsson); Searching for Asian America (2003, Producer: NAATA); OUT: the Making of a Revolutionary (2000, Producers: Collins and Sonja de Vries); and We don't live under NORMAL CONDITIONS (1999, Producer, Director, Editor: Collins). She also served as a Video Program Developer for Witness for Peace in Managua, Nicaragua.
She received her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1984).
C. WILLIAM KECK, Executive Producer
C. William Keck, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M. is Professor and Associate Dean of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, and former Director of Health for the City of Akron. He is Past-President of the American Public Health Association, the Council on Education for Public Health, the Ohio Public Health Association, the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, the Summit County Medical Society, and currently chairs the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice.
Dr. Keck is board certified in Preventive Medicine/Public Health and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. His career has been focused on providing quality public health services, teaching community health sciences to medical and other health professional students, and linking public health practice with its academic bases. Dr. Keck has been the recipient of the Sedgwick Memorial Medal, the American Public Health Association’s highest award. He is co-author of the seminal work Principles of Public Health Practice (Thomas Delmar Learning).
He holds a M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University and a M.P.H. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.
PETER G. BOURNE, Executive Producer
Peter G. Bourne, M.A., M.D., is Visiting Scholar at Green College, Oxford University, is Vice Chancellor Emeritus of St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies, and chairs Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC).
Dr. Bourne served as Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Health Issues and Director of the Office of Drug Abuse Policy (ODAP) for the Carter White House; served as Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations; and worked as consultant to and on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including Save the Children, Health and Development International, and the American Association for World Health.
He is the author of more than one hundred published articles and book chapters and has written or edited nine books, including Jimmy Carter: A Comprehensive Biography from Plains to Post Presidency (Simon and Schuster/Scribner, 1996), Fidel: A Biography of Fidel Castro (Dodd, Mead, 1986). His works Men, Stress and Vietnam (Little Brown) and Psychology and Physiology of Stress (Academic Press) are considered classics in the field of psychoendocrinology.
He obtained a M.D. from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia in 1962, and his Master’s degree in anthropology from Stanford University, California in 1969, also completing a residency in psychiatry at the same institution.
ARTURO O’FARRILL, Original Music
Born in Mexico City and raised in New York City, Arturo O’Farrill is a jazz musician, a bandleader and a composer. He is the son of famed Cuban big band leader Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill, and worked intimately alongside his father until Chico’s death in 2001. He has worked independently and with performers and musical groups such as The Untouchables, J. Walter Negro and the Loose Jointz, the Carla Bley Big Band, Harry Belafonte, Dizzy Gillespie, and Wynton Marsalis.
As an independent bandleader, O’Farrill has recorded for 32 Jazz, M & I, and Milestone Records; some of his albums include Bloodlines, A Night in Tunisia, and Cumana. He has also appeared on records such as Habanera and the soundtrack to the critically-acclaimed film Calle 54. He currently directs The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, which has toured widely and has its own subscription series within the Jazz at Lincoln Center performing season. Mr. O’Farrill appeared as a special guest soloist at Lincoln Center in 1995, 1998 and 2001, and was the featured artist twice for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz in the Schools Tour.
He began his career studying at the La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts (then known as the High School of Music and Art); received his Bachelor’s degree from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music; and received his Masters Degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York.