Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars: Filmmaker Bios

Zach NilesCo-director Zach Niles comes from a music-industry background and from 1998 to 2004 was part of the production and promotion of some of the world’s largest rock and roll tours (the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Simon and Garfunkel). In 2001 he was the associate producer for the eight-part television series “Live at the Fillmore,” documenting “a day-in-the-life of a rock band” as they prepared for a concert at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. He has lived and worked in South Africa and Cameroon, and has had a long-standing personal and professional interest in the music and cultures of Africa. Though his heart is still in his native Vermont, Niles currently lives in San Francisco. This is his first film.

Banker WhiteCo-director Banker White is a multidisciplinary artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been a writer/director for many short films, and from 1994 to 96 he helped start the Kokrobitey institute in Ghana, a learning center established to allow for the discovery of the cultural and intellectual richness of Africa. White, who received his master of fine arts degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts, is originally from Boston.