Erin Bernhardt has been volunteering in Clarkston for nine years and is committed to helping tell this story with dignity, truth, entertainment, and beauty. Her production experience ranges from writing and producing for scrappy start-up social enterprises to CNN International and documentary feature films. She’s won numerous film festival awards, two Peabody Awards, and an Emmy, and given talks about her work at the United Nations, the White House, and TED. Erin also enjoys curating and producing events and partnerships that bring people together to celebrate, collaborate, and educate. You can find IMBA MEANS SING, Erin’s first independent documentary feature film, on Netflix worldwide. Erin served in the Peace Corps in Madagascar, worked as a Writer/Producer at CNN, and most recently worked as the Director of Engagement for Points of Light, President George. H. W. Bush’s foundation. She also currently serves active volunteer leadership roles with NEXUS, the Atlanta BeltLine, LEAD Atlanta, Creative Visions, and the Art Farm at Serenbe. A multi-passionate soul, Erin also loves traveling and teaching yoga.
Director and Cinematographer
Joseph East is a documentary filmmaker. He’s worked nationwide covering subjects as diverse as climate change, animal rights, education, the Junior Olympics, youth arts and more. Joseph directed and shot the feature documentary, I WILL DANCE, which toured on the Southern Circuit and broadcast on PBS.
Joseph has always loved the way storytelling and cinema bring people together from all walks of life. He is drawn to stories that challenge audiences to look closer at people and their common humanity.
From his start in life as a child soldier in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan in the early 1980s, Emmanuel Jal has come through a huge number of struggles during his life to become a successful and acclaimed recording artist and peace ambassador. In 2008, a feature documentary on his life was released, titled WARCHILD winning 12 prestigious film festival awards worldwide. His autobiography of the same name was published the same year. Emmanuel has released five award-nominated studio albums, and has collaborated and performed alongside artists such as Peter Gabriel, Nelly Furtado, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and Alicia Keys. Emmanuel co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the film THE GOOD LIE, which tells the story about the journey of four young Sudanese refugees who win a lottery for relocation to the United States. Emmanuel also appeared as the adult lead in AFRICA UNITED. Jal has received numerous awards for his peace efforts in South Sudan, including recognition from Ban Ki Moon at the UN.
Mary Beth Minnis
A friend’s story brought Mary Beth into the world of documentary filmmaking. What started with a desire to tell her friend’s story, became a true passion for Mary Beth. Striving to bring individual stories of redemption, hope, and truth to the world, she has produced a number of documentary films. Mary Beth is currently an Executive Producer on JUMP SHOT: The Kenny Sailors Story (featuring Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, and Stephen Curry). She also served as an Executive Producer on TOWER, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and won the Critics Choice Award for “Most Innovative Documentary;” TOWER is also short-listed for this year’s Academy Awards. In 2016, Mary Beth was an Associate Producer for MAMA RWANDA, directed by Laura Waters Hinson. In 2015, she Associate Produced IMBA MEANS SING which is now available on Netflix Worldwide, and in 2014, she produced RETURN TO MOGADISHU: REMEMBERING BLACK HAWK DOWN, a documentary short featuring Army Best Ranger Jeff Struecker.
Clarkston Consultant/Production Assistant
Abdulkadir, an Ethiopian, was raised in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, where his parents fled due to Civil War at home. Mohamed oversaw a film which won Best Documentary at the 2013 FilmAid Film Festival. The film, called KAKUMA CAN DANCE, “tells the stories of diverse young people living in Kakuma refugee camp, who are united through their passion for hip hop dancing.” In 2013, Mohamed directed and shot a one-minute piece for UNICEF’s “It’s About Ability Contest.” Mohamed’s film, SHADE LIGHT, was selected as a finalist.
In 2013, Mohamed attended a film and TV training program for young African students at the Mohamed Amin Foundation. When Mohamed returned to the Kakuma Refugee Camp, he worked with aspiring filmmakers on the storytelling skills necessary to advocate for themselves, their communities, and their right to a hopeful future.
Mohamed has lived in Clarkston, Georgia since October, 2015.
Stephen Nemeth formed and heads up Rhino Films, the independent film company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records. He has produced and executive produced dozens of films. His Producer credits include THE SESSIONS (Sundance 2012 Audience Award, 2013 Academy Award nomination for Helen Hunt), C.O.G. (Sundance 2013), FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE, WHAT WE DO IS SECRET, SNAKE AND MONGOOSE, RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH and SPACEMAN. He is developing the New York Times bestselling book CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN as a television series with George Clooney and Smokehouse and is in pre-production on the Robert Johnson biopic, LOVE IN VAIN, and on both Hunter S. Thompson’s THE CURSE OF LONO and THE BATTLE OF ASPEN. Stephen Nemeth formed and heads up Rhino Films, the independent film company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records. He has produced and executive produced dozens of films. His Producer credits include THE SESSIONS (Sundance 2012 Audience Award, 2013 Academy Award nomination for Helen Hunt), C.O.G. (Sundance 2013), FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE, WHAT WE DO IS SECRET, SNAKE AND MONGOOSE, RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH and SPACEMAN.
He is developing the New York Times bestselling book CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN as a television series with George Clooney and Smokehouse and is in pre-production on the Robert Johnson biopic, LOVE IN VAIN, and on both Hunter S. Thompson’s THE CURSE OF LONO and THE BATTLE OF ASPEN. Nemeth’s documentary credits include DOGTOWN AND Z BOYS (Sundance 2001 Audience Award), WARDANCE (2008 Academy Award nomination), FUEL (Sundance 2008 Audience Award), FLOW (Sundance 2008), PUMP, the follow-up to FLOW, CLIMATE REFUGEES (Sundance 2010), ROBERT WILLIAMS MR. BITCHIN’, PATRIOCRACY, RIDE WITH LARRY, UNDER THE BOARDWALK: THE MONOPOLY STORY, BEISBOL, PICK UP THE MIC, THE THREE HIKERS, EDUCATION INC, and the upcoming CRUTCH, THE PEACEMAKER, T24, OVERLOAD: AMERICA’S TOXIC LOVE STORY, LOGAN’S SYNDROME, MAGNIFICENT BURDEN and LIFE IS A MOVIE. He serves on the boards of Friends of the Earth, the International Documentary Association, the STAR Ecostation, the EarthX enviromental film festival in Dallas, the Carmel Film Festival, Wheels For Humanity, Children Uniting Nations, and on the advisory board of the Full Frame Documentary Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, Children Mending Hearts and OneVoice. He is an advisor to the Zurich Film Festival and on the dean’s board of UC Santa Cruz’s School for the Arts. While on the board for Artists for Amnesty, he developed numerous human rights related features and documentaries. Nemeth is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the recipient of the 2013 Global Action Awar the 2009 Vision Award for Documentary Producer and the 2009 Artivist Award for his advocacy and production of socially conscious films. Prior to forming Rhino Films, Nemeth worked as an independent producer and as a motion picture agent at the William Morris Agency. He is a graduate of UCLA and is both an American and British citizen.
Brenda Robinson is an entertainment attorney whose practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film, television, sports and social media industries. Brenda is a proud associate member of The Recording Academy and a Patron of the Arts Circle of Film Independent where she is a voting member of the Spirit Awards. Brenda is also an active philanthropist in the arts and entertainment community through the Chicago Media Project, Sundance Catalyst, and Women Moving Millions. Brenda has acted as production counsel and executive producer for numerous documentary and feature film projects as well as scripted and unscripted television programming. Brenda is a graduate of the University of Michigan and obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a certificate in Business & Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. She splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles.
Caroline Tucker joins the team with a professional background in Agency Marketing and Advertising and Magazine Publishing sales. After settling in Atlanta to raise her family, Caroline shifted her focus to community service and advocacy by serving on numerous advisory boards in the arts arena (The MC Carlos Museum at Emory, the Atlanta Ballet, Georgia Shakespeare), and more recently, in the youth advocacy areas through her work with GCAPP (Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential)
As a theater and music enthusiast, Caroline looks to art and media as a means to raising awareness and action to create and promote change. She has experience in fundraising, and importantly, in bringing together passionate advocates to promote projects that make a difference.