In Search of Freedom

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Learn how the ancestors of Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes and Keenen Ivory Wayans struggled for freedom, and how each of these cultural trailblazers gain a new understanding of how they fit into this proud trajectory.

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Finding Your Roots
Episode 303: “In Search for Freedom” – Rhimes / Rudolph / Wayans
Credits

Head Credits:
A Film by
McGee Media, Inkwell Films
& Kunhardt Films
In Association with Ark Media
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Senior Producer
John Maggio

Series Producers
Sabin Streeter
Leslie Asako Gladsjo

Director/Producer
Muriel Soenens

End Credits:

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Dyllan McGee
Peter Kunhardt

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Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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EDITOR
Jamie Unruh

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PRODUCER
Hannah Olson

CONTRIBUTING PRODUCER
Jesse Sweet

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
Brittany Clemons
Joey Fishman
Tiffany Hagger
Holly Siegel
Maya Tepler
Natalia Warchol

RESEARCHERS
Megg Farrell
Christina Grillo
Megan Peck Shub
Alexandra Singer

RESEARCH DIRECTOR
Kevin Burke

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LEAD GENEALOGIST
Johni Cerny

ASSOCIATE GENEALOGIST
Nick Sheedy

INDEPENDENT GENEALOGICAL CONSULTANT
Scott Andrew Bartley

DNA CONSULTANT
CeCe Moore

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POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Stephen Altobello

LINE PRODUCER
Stef Gordon

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Elyse Hughes

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Deborah Clancy Porfido

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DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Stephen McCarthy
Samuel Z. Russell

ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Sandra Chandler
Simon Fanthorpe
Graham Smith
Elizabeth Yarwood

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GAFFERS
Nikolas Smith
Elan Yaari

GRIPS
Oliver Bukowsky
Dillon Schneider
Josh Weinhaus

LIGHTING AND ELECTRIC
Illumination Dynamics

SOUND RECORDISTS
Mark Mandler
Caleb Mose

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GRAPHIC DESIGN
Andy Cahill
Brian Oakes

ANIMATION
Andy Cahill
Will Rahilly
Peter Burr

ONLINE EDITOR
Chris Ramey

ASSISTANT EDITORS
Todd Goings
Cat Harris
Rachel Bozich
Brittany McCombs
Michael Kosciesza
David Yi
Ryan Kupchik

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Original Score by Michael Bacon

VO RECORDING

Charlie Esposito
Audiolutions, Martha’s Vineyard

SOUND EDITOR/RE-RECORDING MIXER
Doug Johnson

POST PRODUCTION ENGINEER
Ben Meadors

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FIELD PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Farley Crawford
Danny Morgan
Nick Weak

MEDIA MANAGER
Elizabeth Yarwood

INTERNS
Allie Corcoran
Brianna Eaton
Hanna Edizel
Erin Fitzsimmons
Max Frew
Abby Gordon
Henry Kinder
Zizi Lee

Constanza Maio

Grace McNally
Layla Merritt
Max Miletich
Emma Rose
Lindsay Skedgell
Dominique Spooner

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ARCHIVES
AP Images
Tom and Ethel Bradley Center
Bridgeman Art Gallery
Charles Broadwell
Chicago Urban League Records, University of Illinois at Chicago Library
Everett Collection, Inc.
Getty Images
©ImageCollect/Globe-photos
The Image Works, Inc.
Johnson Publishing Company, LLC
The La Guardia and Wagner Archives, La Guardia Community College/The City University of New York
Naeemah Leonard
Library of Congress
Lithuanian State Historical Archives

National Archives and Records
New York City Housing Authority
Ohio History Collection
Photofest, Inc.
Rauh Jewish Archives, Detre Library and Archives, Heinz History Center
Family of Shonda Rhimes
Family of Maya Rudolph
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Saint Francois County Circuit Clerk
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
University Archives, Special Collections, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library,
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Family of Keenen Ivory Wayans
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

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LOCATIONS
Carondelet House, Los Angeles
New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston
Spanish Villa, Los Angeles

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH
Ann Breedlove
Carolyn Crabtree
Jonathan Deiss
Michael Moritz
Jenny Orgill
Nick Shultz
William Ashley Vaughan
Teresa Vega

TRANSCRIPTION
CLK Transcription, Inc.

TELEPROMPTER
Marlea Regan

GENETIC TESTING PROVIDED BY
23andMe
Ancestry DNA
Family Tree DNA

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SPECIAL THANKS
Kandie Adkinson
Florence Alpern
Janet Bordelon
Brendan Bourke
Debra J. Brewer
Martha Briggs
Jill Braash
Tamara Brotter
Kasia Bryc
Central Florida Radio
George Church
Janine Cloud
Allison Demski
Michael J. Denis
Jeff Duty
Evans Memorial Library
Dick Foley
Honey Foreman
Bennett Greenspan
The Grigsby Collection, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY
The Archival Services Branch, Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives
Linda Heywood
Kathleen Hillard

Dorothy Jackson
Jefferson Barracks Cemetery
Joanne Kendall
Bernie D. Jones
The Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town
Eric Lander
Jane Landers
James Lick
Judi Male
Robert W. Mann
Mississippi Department of Archives & History
Meg Monthan
Lauren Mosley
Kysha Mounia
Joanna Mountain
Nonesuch Records
Christian Popoli
Jim Power, Jr.
Amelia Preston
Railroad Retirement Board, Chicago
Real World Records
Ilee Rhimes
Sandra Riperton

Blake A. Robins
The Rudolph Family
St. Francis Circuit Court
Calvin Schermerhorn
John Sexton
Brenton Simmons
Nancy Alpern Slay
Brandon Slone
Strictly Rhythm
Glenda Potts Thacker
John Thornton
Steven D. Tuttle
Larry Tye
Marc Tyll
Universal Music
Warner Music Group
Brett Williams
Linda Williams
Vilius Vaseikis
Teresa Vega
Alex Vitoulis
Sharon Yotomb
Abby Wolf

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HOST WARDROBE
Maurice Sedwell
Bespoke Tailors
Savile Row, London

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HOST WARDROBE
The Andover Shop
Charles Davidson
Andrew Ramroop

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.
Amy Gosdanian

TRANSPORTATION
Driss Elghannaz

HAIR
Verlyn Antoine
Marcus Francis
Jeremy McNeal
Bernard Hicks

MAKEUP
Cathy Highland
Joelle Pitts
Alicia Rush
Molly Stern
Bridget Trama

FOR McGEE MEDIA

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mark C. Weigel

LEGAL SERVICES
Drew Patrick
Maayan McCasland

FINANCIAL OFFICER
Jennifer Weigel

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO DYLLAN McGEE
Jenny Sorin

ACCOUNTANTS
Richard Koenigsberg
Magdalena Jordán
Spielman, Koenigsberg & Parker, LLP

FOR KUNHARDT FILMS

CO-PRODUCERS
George T. Kunhardt
Teddy Kunhardt

BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Logan Adler

SENIOR RESEARCHER
Jill Cowan

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FOR WETA

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
Jim Corbley
Tim Dombro
Krystal Fogg
Troy Mosley

LEGAL
Michael Holstein

EDUCATION AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA
Sarah Jacobs
Justin Rhodes
Kathryn Wilson

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FOR WETA

STATION RELATIONS
Dani Cook
Karen Fritz
Khanh Phan

COMMUNICATIONS
Chloe Kougias
Mary Stewart

GRAPHIC DESIGN
Cynthia Aldridge
Michele Wells

NATIONAL PUBLICITY
DKC PUBLIC RELATIONS

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FOR WETA

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Dalton Delan
Anne Harrington

This program is a production of McGee Media, Inkwell Films, Kunhardt Films and WETA in association with Ark Media which are solely responsible for its content.

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