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Episode 1: There is a River
"There is a River" explores the spiritual traditions of African-Americans brought to America, and visits a community where they live still: among the Gullah people of St. John's Island, near Charleston, South Carolina.

It travels back in time to examine Africans' initial encounter with Christianity, and tells the story of Denmark Vesey, who used bilblical scripture to justify a violent slave rebellion in 1822. Vesey worked with support from the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). We then tell the story of Sojourner Truth - born, enslaved, as Isabella Baumfree. She drew upon a highly individualized faith to challenge the system of slavery. Her spiritual strength led her to become a national figure in the abolitionist and feminist movements. These twin tributaries of righteous engagement and righteous retribution flow through African-American religious life.


Producer

Noland Walker has been working in television and film for many years. He is currently Writer/ Co-Producer of Citizen King, a Roja Productions film which examines the last years of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Before This Far by Faith, he was the Producer/Director of the second episode of the Peabody Award- winning documentary series Africans in America. He has worked as a script reader, writer, associate producer and editor in commercial and public television. His previous production credits include Blackside's Eyes on the Prize II, America's War on Poverty, Breakthrough: The Changing Face of Science; HBO's First Look, and ABC's long running sit-com series Coach.

Credits
PRODUCED, DIRECTED AND WRITTEN BY:
W. Noland Walker

EDITOR:
Michael Simollari

NARRATED BY:
Lorraine Toussaint

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER:
Julia Elliott

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
Michael Chin
Lance A. Douglas
Christian Loubek

VIDEOGRAPHERS:
Orlando Bagwell
Edward Marritz
Stephen McCarthy

ORIGINAL MUSIC:
Camara Kambon

SERIES THEME:
Waldron Ricks

SOUND RECORDISTS:
Dennis Fry
Paul Green
Michael Nowack
J.T. Takagi
Dick Williams

ASSISTANT CAMERA:
Tanya Hughes
Mary Ann Janke
Jill Tufts

GAFFERS:
Christian Epps
Stephen E. Gill
Stephen McGehee
John Reynolds
Alan R. Weeks

GRIP:
Tim Driscoll

ADDITIONAL VOICES:
Beatrice De Muinck Keizer
Frank Scanzillo
Tanayi Seabrook

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS:
Martin Gostanian
Lee Anthony Holloway
Patrick Jerome
Jean Marc Madelon
Katherine McMorran
Bongani Ngugama
Ratoya Pilgrim
Lauren Tullio
Paulina Villaroel

INTERNS:
Fernando Alessandri
Kelly Deegan
Lynley Fleak
Nikki Harrison

ACADEMIC ADVISOR:
Vincent Harding

ASSISTANT EDITORS:
James Balls
Barnard Jaffier

ONLINE EDITOR:
Tony Black

AUDIO POST PRODUCTION:
Dennis Jacobsen

FILM TRANSFERS:
Medallion-PFA Film & Video

TRANSCRIPTION:
Johanna Kovitz

ARCHIVES:
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, VA
John E. Allen, Inc.
American Antiquarian Society
Department of Special Collections, Ablah Library, Wichita State Univ.
Clifford and Delores Warner Bey
Billy Graham Center Museum
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
The Boston Athenaeum
Richard Chepey
Chicago Historical Society
Comune di Firenze, Musei Comunali
Culver Pictures
Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY
Florida State Archives
Franklin Trask Library, Andover Newton Theological School
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association
Harvard College Library
Harvard Map Collection
Dr. Jean Herskovits
Chester Higgins, Jr.©
Historic Films
The Historic New Orleans Collection
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Hulton/Archive Photos
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Image Bank Films/Getty Images
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Louisiana State Museum
Magnum Photos, Inc. /Danny Lyon
Massachusetts Historical Society
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Moore W. Robert / NGS Image Collection
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College
Museo Scuola Grande Di San Rocco
National Library of Medicine
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
New Hampshire Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society
The New York Times
North Carolina Collection, U.N.C. Library at Chapel Hill
North Wind Picture Archives
Ohio Historical Society
Peabody Museum, Harvard University
The Penn School Collection, Penn Center, Inc., St. Helena Island, SC
Photographie Musées de Poitiers, Christian Vignaud
Presbyterian Historical Society, Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
South Carolina Educational Television
South Carolina Historical Society Collections
State Archives of Michigan
Bill Turner
John Michael Vlach
The Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio
WGBH-TV
Nita Winter
Ernest C. Withers ©/ Panopticon Gallery, Waltham, MA

SPECIAL THANKS:
McIntosh County Shouters
Historic Charleston Foundation
Carroll Ann Bowers
Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
St. Joseph Baptist Church, St. Helena Island, SC
Huguenot Historical Society, New Paltz, NY
Old Charleston City Jail, School of the Building Arts, Inc.
Great Brook Farm State Park
Christ Church, Cambridge, MA
Old Bethel United Methodist Church, Charleston, South Carolina
Tremont Temple Baptist Church
Museum of Afro American History, Boston
Mike Davis, Post Central Charlotte, Inc.
Swamp Scenes Filmed in the Audubon Swamp Garden,
Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina
Horse and Wagon provided by Cloud Nine Limousine Service




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