Thomas G. Miller
Director, Producer, Writer, Editor

Tom has worked on documentaries and in public television for the past 14 years. He associate produced the Sundance award-winning film LICENSED TO KILL (POV-PBS) and co-produced and edited FENDER PHILOSOPHERS for PBS. He has edited the award-winning feature documentary films, ROCK THE BOAT (HBO), GOOD KURDS, BAD KURDS (Slamdance, Independent Lens-PBS), HOME OF THE BRAVE (Sundance, Court TV) and CAMP OUT (MTV Logo). Other credits include producing films for Discovery Channel and WNET's series on disabilities, People in Motion.

Tom is currently a board member of the International Documentary Association, and has been teaching editing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts for the past four years. He is also a board certified pediatrician and has served as medical consultant for Sesame Street and other film and television series. He graduated with a BS degree from The University of Michigan, an MD from the Medical University of Ohio, and an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Nancy Dickenson
Executive Producer

Nancy, a Cleveland native, graduated from Cornell University with a BFA in Fine Arts and completed graduate studies in Art History at Case Western University. She directed the Mather Gallery, for five years and opened Folkways, the first contemporary folk art gallery in Northern Ohio. She directed the Cleveland Black Folk Art Exhibit and Festival in 1984, for which she received the Northern Ohio Magazine Visual Arts Award. As a producer, she began her documentary work with Home of the Brave which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. Dickenson has been successfully supporting projects in the arts and human rights for over 20 years.

Morgan Stiff
Co-Producer, Editor, Writer

M.R. Stiff graduated from NYU with a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. In May of 2005 she received her M.F.A. in Film Production from the University of Southern California. Her first film, Porcelain, which she wrote, directed, and produced, has screened in over 20 festivals. M.R.'s most recent documentary, Walk in the Light, won a Cine Golden Eagle Award in 2005. As an editor and producer, M.R. has worked on both narrative and documentary films including Hope's Choice (Showtime) and Brooklyn's Bridge to Jordan (Showtime).

Lorraine Gallard

Lorraine has a B.A. in French Literature from the University of Rochester, where she also studied voice at Eastman School of Music. Her M.A. is from New York University in Language and Communications. Lorraine also worked with Tom Miller and Nancy Dickenson on Home of the Brave as a co-producer. She is the CEO of Bonness Enterprises, Inc., an investment advisory firm and serves on the boards of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Manhattan School of Music. Her cabaret CD, co-produced by André Gregory and directed by David Loud, is available on Lorraine’s new vocal collaboration with David Loud is scheduled for release in 2010 to coincide with a performance in New York City.

Shana Hagan
Director of Photography

Shana has photographed over 30 documentary and narrative films, shot countless hours of documentary and reality-based television programs, and has worked with such distinguished filmmakers as Michael Apted, Kirby Dick and Jessica Yu. Her work includes Breathing Lessons, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short at the 1996 Academy Awards, an IDA award and an Emmy. Other recent works include Shakespeare Behind Bars, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and After Innocence, which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2005. Shana also shot the award-winning PBS documentary Homeland which received several critical mentions for its cinematography.


Miriam Cutler

Miriam Cutler has scored numerous documentaries for PBS, HBO, IFC, and other TV networks, and many film festival favorites including: LOST IN LA MANCHA, PANDEMIC: FACING AIDS, STOLEN CHILDHOODS, SCOUTS HONOR, LICENSED TO KILL , and the soon to be released THIN (Sundance), ABSOLUTE WILSON (Berlin) and CHINA BLUE (Toronto, Amsterdam). She has also scored numerous indie films and provided music for studio films like ARLINGTON ROAD, BACHELOR PARTY, and GRANDVIEW USA. Since 1988, Cutler has been resident composer Circus Flora, featured at Charleston's Spoleto Festival and The Kennedy Center.

She has co-produced live jazz albums on Polygram/Verve for Joe Williams (nominated for 2 Grammys), Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, and Marlena Shaw and has produced independently released albums of her own songs and soundtracks. She has served on Documentary Film Festival juries for the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE, the INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS, and the INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION and has been a mentor for the SUNDANCE INSTITUTE’S Documentary Film Composer Lab.


Lillian E. Benson, A.C.E.

Benson has edited a number of documentary and feature film projects. She collaborated with director Debbie Allen on The Fantasia Barrino Story- Life Is Not A Fairy Tale for Lifetime. Lillian was one of the editors for the first season of the Showtime series, Soul Food.

In 1990, Benson received an Emmy nomination for the acclaimed PBS series, Eyes on the Prize. Additional documentary editing credits include: Beyond the Steps- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (WNET/NBPC 2006), Troop 1500 (POV 2005), Shared History (ITVS 2004), Trumpetistically Clora Bryant (NBPC 2004) Smothered- the Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Bravo 2002), The Silent Crisis-Diabetes Among Us, (Discovery Health 2002), Conscience and the Constitution (PBS 2000) A Century of Living (HBO, 1999); Death by Hanging (HBO, 1998); Out at Work (HBO, 1998); Buildings, Bridges, and Tunnels (Discovery, 2000); Motown 40th, a Retrospective (ABC, 1998); Great Quakes (TLC, 1999); The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry (WGBH, 1992), and numerous episodes of A&E's Ancient Mysteries and Biography series.

Her feature credits include: Au Pair Chocolat (2003); Soliloquy (2002); The Old Settler (2001) All About You (2000); Alma's Rainbow (1993); and Twisted (1986). She is also the first African- American female member of the honorary editing society American Cinema Editors and a member of their Board of Directors.

Noel Dannemiller
Production Sound

Noel Dannemiller graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.F.A. in Media Arts. He started working in Television in 1990 and then toured as a sound system technician for various musical acts such as Boyz II Men, Tony Bennet, and The Ramones. Noel currently records audio on location for commercials, corporate videos, documentaries, feature length movies, and television shows. He just completed working for the Emmy-nominated reality television show, The Amazing Race. Recent productions have included Cisco Systems, Discovery Channel, Miracle Dogs, National Geographic, and NFL Films.


Delroy Lindo

Delroy Lindo has had many memorable film and television roles. Lindo garnered critical acclaim for his role as Rodney in Spike Lee’s drama “Clockers,” and also worked with Lee on “Crooklyn” and “Malcom X.” He's appeared in a diverse range of films including, David Mamet’s “Heist," Mr. Rose in “The Cider House Rules,” “Wondrous Oblivion,” “The Core,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Ransom,” “A Life Less Ordinary,” “Get Shorty,” “Feeling Minnesota,” and “Romeo Must Die.” On TV, Lindo was recently seen in a variety of shows including, the NBC series, “Kidnapped," "Lackawanna Blues" (HBO) and in “The Exonerated” ( Court TV). Mr. Lindo has also recently been seen in the London stage production of ‘The Exonerated’. On Broadway, Lindo appeared as Herald Loomis in August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” receiving Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations; and “Master Harold and the Boys” (Broadway & National Tour), and as Walter Lee in the Kennedy Center and Los Angeles productions of “A Raisin in the Sun.”


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