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International Documentary Association (IDA)

In January 2002, the International Documentary Association (IDA) agreed to become the fiscal sponsor of “Keeping the Faith with Morrie Turner.” The IDA office is located at Los Angeles Center Studios in downtown Los Angeles, California. Janice Van Wagoner is the Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator for the IDA. Ms. Van Wagoner’s telephone number at the IDA is 213-534-3600 ext. 7445. Her e-mail address is janice@documentary.org. To verify fiscal sponsorship of this film project, you may contact her.
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Angel Harper, Producer – Director – Narrator

As executive producer of Heaven Sent Productions, a demanding schedule has not kept Angel from excelling in producing and winning awards for her projects. She received an award for Outstanding Achievement from the American Women In Radio and Film for producing the documentary, "Due Process of the Law."

A member of both AFTRA and SAG unions, she is a winner of America’s Funniest People and has appeared on BET’s Comic View and Show Me the Funny. Angel is also the author of Master the Art of Cold Reading, “an actor’s guide to making the best of cold reading workshops,” available at www.booksurge.com or at Samuel French Bookshop in Los Angeles. Among her versatile talents, Angel is also an award winning voice-over performer with two consecutive Achievement In Radio Awards for her outstanding work. Her voice versatility ranges from commercials, narrations, ADR work and cartoons such as Rugrats, Monsters and Captain Planet. Angel is an active member of Women in Animation. Weekdays, her comedic voice can be heard on the Tom Joyner Morning Show as Doctor Cotton. She is also the founder of Smile Productions, which developed the comedy showcase Comedy Flavors. Angel graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio and Television Production. Following her education, she moved to Washington, D.C. There she enjoyed success in both broadcast sales and acting.

Angel is a mentor for students from her alma mater, Cornell University, and an active member of the Creative Arts team for her church, Oasis Christian Center.

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Dianne Farrington - Director of Photography

Dianne Farrington has a B.A. in Radio and Television from the University of Wisconsin. She studied Cinematography at American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Farrington began her career as a camera and tape operator for WTVS in Detroit, Michigan. Following her stint at WTVS, she moved to Los Angeles to expand her career in television. She worked as an Operator on popular television programs such as Moesha (UPN), Mad About You (NBC), Preston Episodes (Fox TV), and Showtime Network’s Red Show Diaries and All That Glitters. Her ambitions to establish her photography career in entertainment garnered her second unit camera work on several motion picture productions. Nutty Professor (starring actor Eddie Murphy), One Night Stand (starring actor Wesley Snipes), and Starship Troopers are a few films to her credit. She did considerable camera work on award-winning independent films and documentaries which have showcased in film festival such as Slamdance, Hollywood Black Film Festival, and Pan African Film Festival – One Woman’s Extraordinary Journey (documentary), Safe House, Til Death Do Us Part, Restraining Order. She has heavily worked as a videographer for the reputable Junket Productions, Inc. and done freelance entertainment coverage for the Associated Press.
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Ramona L. Taylor, Esq. - Screenwriter

Ms. Taylor was raised in rural Georgia. She graduated the first Black valedictorian, post integration, from her High School, Lamar County Comprehensive in the mid 1980s. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1985 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law in 2000. While in Law School, Ms. Taylor was an Earl Warren Scholar, a Nina Kestin Award recipient, and served as a student assistant for Dr. Jonathan A. Stubbs, editor of the Oliver Hill autobiography, Big Bang.

Ms. Taylor is author of over twenty published articles and reviews, and has placed in a number of national writing competitions. She is an accomplished researcher, and is produced screenwriter. She currently has several projects in post production including a feature produced by Magic City Films, Inc., and a documentary regarding the life of Civil Rights Legend, Oliver White Hill. In addition to her writing and legal careers, Ms. Taylor serves on various advisory committees and volunteers for various organizations, including the Special Olympics, and maintains a law practice which focuses on special education, juvenile and indigent defense.
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Desirée Jellerette, Line Producer

In April 1999, Desirée Jellerette, a producer and production manager from New York City had decided to make her move to the city of Angels. After working with some of the hottest independent movie mogul Film Directors on the East Coast, Spike Lee, Jason Alexander, Night Shayamalan, Ernest Dickerson, Leslie Harris, Julian Schnabel, Desirée believes she can launch her career in Hollywood with a bang. Along with her passion for feature films, Desirée has been cultivating the world of music video production. Her love of music has led her to produce and production manage several music videos for such artists as E40, Ice Cube, Mobb Deep, Inspectah Deck, Master P, Shaq, Projecto Uno, BadAzz and has even worked with the Lakers' Championship Team 2001 for a Shaquille O'Neil music video, It Takes Two. She finds the fusion of these two mediums of sight and sound are fascinating and exhilarating.

After completing a Business and Marketing degree from Cornell University, 1983, Desirée plunged into the financial markets for a successful five years at Citibank's Executive Banking Center, a high net-worth banking center on Park Avenue - receiving promotions, accolades, a loan credit initial and her stockbrokers license, but this did not feel right for her. It was all too easy and not creative enough. In 1988, Desirée had an opportunity to work on an independent feature film, Def by Temptation (1990) while looking for new horizons. Never thinking that filmmaking would be an option - before the movie was completed – it was clear that producing would be a perfect fit for Desirée. In 1989, working on her second project, and being introduced to the Spike Lee way of making films on Mo' Better Blues (1990), she was hooked, and became Spike Lee's right hand (wo)man for the next five years for 40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks, when she resigned she was the Administrative Director for 40 Acres.

Desirée has gone on to coordinate, production manage and line produce over 16 independent feature films with budgets as low as $500,000 to budgets in excess of $6 Million, documentaries and numerous shorts, the latest short was for Showtime with Vanessa L. Williams’ directorial debut. In addition to working directly for production, Desirée has dedicated a few years to the post production side of the film business which its process is almost as complicated as the film shoot itself. Desirée has been privileged to work beside Night Shayamalan as his Post Production Supervisor on Wide Awake, Julian Schnabel on Basquiat, and most impressively, with Carlos Diegues, the premier Brazilian director on Tieta do Agreste. She has also aided in the development of several film projects in the producer’s quest for financing, attaching actors and other key film production personnel, she is crafted in Script Breakdown and a master at Budgeting scripts.
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Warren Saire, Editor

Warren was born just outside London, England in 1968. From the age of four he has worked professionally in the television and film business.

As an actor Warren has appeared in movies, television and theatre, including Lady Jane, Revolution, The Shooting Party, Salome’s Last dance, Sharpe’s Mission Another Country to name a few. He continues to work as an actor on occasion, but has concentrated more on the production side of his career in recent years.

Warren worked as a freelance member of British Broadcasting Corporation’s Television’s Training Department during the late eighties and early nineties on single camera film director’s courses that provided training to already highly experienced members of the BBC’s staff. The courses covered the process of shooting with a single camera and of working with actors and narrative storytelling and documentary production.

He has also run a professional recording studio in Central London, produced productions for the London Theatre and is a co-founder of Waters Edge Ltd a production services company based in Brighton, UK, now in its eighth year of operation, the companies clients include Coca-Cola, Playtex, Innovex and the British Medical Journal.

Highly experienced in all aspects of video/audio production for broadcast, special events, and the theatre, including pre production, acquisition, editing, and multi format delivery and distribution across the gamut of video and film formats.

Warren has directed, produced, edited and shot projects that cover a wide range of genres for broadcast. He is an experienced non-linear editor and an expert user of Apple Computer’s Final Cut Pro HD. He is a resident of San Francisco and is delighted to be working with Angel Harper as chief cinematographer and editor on the Morrie Turner Project.

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Trisha Kirk, Assistant Writer

Trisha Kirk Redding has produced and filmed non-fiction television programs For The Learning Channel, National Geographic Channel, The Discovery Channel and A&E. She also has a strong background in print and broadcast journalism and has held positions at KTLA News, New York 1, The Washington Times and UCLA student programming, where she headed the first student-run newscast at that university. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and has also studied at Georgetown University and in Western Europe.
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Charles M. Davis, Associate Producer/Senior Researcher/
Assistant Writer

Charles Davis, Associate Producer and Senior Researcher, has remained an avid collector of Morrie Turner’s work since his youth. His penchant for studying people of influence, particularly of African American decent, coupled with an enormous affection for cartoon and comic art, rendered him a perfect fit as the Researcher for Harper’s documentary film. His great researching facility, interview questions which induce smart conversation, and counsel on sources to interview for the film have served as a strong basis to tell the history of minority cartoonists in America and informed the film’s narrative. He does a thorough job organizing the intrastate and national film shoots for the project. Charles is also a researcher for the documentary film “UPA: MAVERICKS, MAGIC & MAGOO” about the pioneering animation studio United Productions of America (UPA). He professionally works as a Web Quality Assurance Analyst. Davis holds a B.S. degree in Management from the University of La Verne.
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Frank M. Lunn, Esquire, Attorney

FRANK M. LUNN, is a partner in the law firm of Rosen Feig Conley & Lunn LLP. He is an experienced entertainment attorney with an extensive background in film and television, including theatrical features, episodic series, network specials, alternative/reality programming and movies-for-television. His clients include various production companies, producers, directors, writers and actors.

Prior to forming his own law firm in 2002, Frank worked as an in-house business & legal affairs attorney for over 7 years at both Fox and Disney. His experience includes negotiating and drafting agreements regarding the acquisition, development, production, financing and distribution of cable and network programming. He has capably handled all aspects of day-to-day production affairs, including advising production executives and supervising legal oversight of domestic and international productions filmed in the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany and the UK. While in-house, Frank also negotiated and drafted agreements for producers, writers, directors and talent as well as handled distribution agreements, license deals and production service agreements involving other studios, networks and production companies.  Additionally, Frank has routinely advised clients regarding intellectual property issues and assisted with labor matters involving guilds and unions.

As the former head of business affairs for Saban Entertainment and Fox Family Worldwide in Canada, Frank negotiated and drafted agreements regarding the development, production, financing and distribution of diverse Canadian programming for 20th Century Fox and Paramount. He also assisted with budget preparation, compliance with Canadian tax credit initiatives and supervised implementation of union/guild collective bargaining agreements.

Prior to practicing law, Frank gained hands-on experience in the production side of the film industry. He worked as a production assistant at the Cousteau Society, and as both a cameraman and production assistant at PBS-affiliate WILL-TV, in Champaign, Illinois.

Frank is a member of the International Documentary Association, Association for Independent Commercial Producers and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He also serves on lawyer-referral panels for both California Lawyers for the Arts and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. In addition, Frank is a featured speaker for the Disney Writer Fellowship Program, the Disney Director Fellowship Program and The Scriptwriters Network.

Frank is a graduate of the University of Illinois and received his law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego.

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