For Freedom Summer

Written, Produced and Directed by
Stanley Nelson

Produced by
Cyndee Readdean

Edited by
Aljernon Tunsil

Original Concept Developed by
Paul Taylor

Original Music by
Tom Phillips

Line Producer
Stacey Holman

Archival Producer
Christine Fall

Assistant Editor
Natasha Mottola

Director of Photography
Antonio Rossi

Sound Recordist
J.T. Takagi

Media Managers
Margaret Sclafani
Colt Covington
Ivana Jackson

Additional Camera
Rick Butler
Allen Moore

Additional Sound
Claudia Katayanagi
Bob Silverman

Supervising Sound Editor and Re-Recording Mixer
Benny Mouthon, CAS

Sound Editor
Carmen Borgia

Bruce Watson

Clayborne Carson
Joseph Crespino
Emilye Crosby
John Dittmer
Charles Payne

Voice Over Actors
Catherine Taormina
Brian Hopson

Richard O’Connor

On-Line Editor
Don Wyllie
Frame:Runner, Inc.

Leslie Strain
Johanna Kovitz

Additional Archival Research
Polly Pettit

Music Clearances
Jeanne Fox

Music Consultant
Rena Kosersky

Production Assistants
Chandler Ferris
Homa Kohan
William Cotton
Amanda Spurlock

Marc Briz
Kayla Brooks
Cara Fitts
Kristine Francis
Cortney Grant
Rachel Guest
Eden Lynch
Rodje Malcolm
Anneka Meyer
Karen Moran
Eitan Negri
Louis Oprisa
Rebecca Panovka
Kyle Rollins
Regina Spurlock
Aziza Taylor
Anthony Vitolo
Elizabeth Welch

Archival Materials Courtesy of
ABCNEWS VideoSource
Bob Adelman
The Andrew Goodman Foundation
Anthology Film Archives
AP Archive
Associated Press
Jan Nave Barnes
Harold Becker
Richard Beymer
Charles Moore/Black Star
CBC TV Archive Sales
Mark Levy/Queens College Civil Rights Archive, The City University of New York
Michael Clurman
The CONUS Archive
F.I.L.M. Archives
Footage Farm USA
Donna Garde
Ken Thompson/General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
Getty Images
Henry Herr Gill
Galen Gockel
Anthony Harris
The Harvey Richards Media Archive
Chris Hexter
Historic Films Archive
Ed Hollander
ITN Source
ITN Source/Reuters
University Archives and Special Collections, H. T. Sampson Library, Jackson State University
Johnson Publishing Company, LLC
LBJ Presidential Library
Library of Congress
Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos
SNCC Papers/The King Library & Archive, The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Atlanta, Georgia
Norris McNamara
Patti Miller
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
NBC Universal Archives
Ted Polumbaum/Newseum
LBJ Library photos by Yoichi Okamoto
Claude Sitton/The New York Times/Redux
Rogers Photo Archive
Larry Rubin
Kathie Amatniek Sarachild
Steve Schapiro
Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons
Streamline Films, Inc.
George Ballis/Take Stock
Matt Herron/Take Stock
Tracy Sugarman Sketches/Tougaloo College Archives
UCLA Film & Television Archive
Archives and Special Collection, University of Mississippi Libraries
Herbert Randall Freedom Summer Photographs / Kathy Dahl Freedom Summer Collection / John B. Maurer Freedom Summer Photographs / Charles Moore Civil Rights Photograph Portfolio / McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi
Maria Varela
Tamio Wakayama
Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University
Jack Willis
Wisconsin Historical Society
Excerpts from Letters from Mississippi, edited by Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez, used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc. on behalf of Zephyr Press

Special Thanks
Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc.
Cynthia Palmer
Andrew F Romeo & Roger Murphy
Anita Moore
Carolyn Owerka
Beverly W. Hogan
Stacy J. White
Flick Ashe
George Powell
Hattiesburg Tourism/Convention Commissions
Hodding Carter III
Ingrid Beckles
Jerry Mitchell
Jessica Leming
Jim Kates
Jon Hale
Judy Aley
Kent Germany
Lewanne Jones
Michael Sistrom
Mississippi Film Office
SNCC Legacy
Sunflower County Library
The Derrick Family
The Garrett Family
The Library of Hattiesburg
The Nunes Family
The Rice Family
The Ware Family
University of Virginia Press -- LBJ tapes
University of Southern Mississippi Ogletree House
Valerie Bradley
Washington University Film & Media Archive
William Sturkey
William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation
University of Mississippi

Going Down to Mississippi
Written and Performed by Phil Ochs
Courtesy of Rhino Records, a Division of Warner Music Group

Go Mississippi
Written by Houston Davis
Arranged and Performed by Rick Pickren
Courtesy of Big Strike Music and Jackson Realtor Association

We Shall Overcome
Performed by The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights Choir
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Used by permission.

This Little Light of Mine
Performed by Betty Fikes
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Used by permission.

Get on Board Children
Performed by Willie Peacock
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Used by permission.

It's Time to Make a Change
Performed by Madison's Lively Stones
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Used by permission.

Renese King

For Firelight Films

Executive Director
Marcia Smith

Production Managers
Jennifer Chien
Loira Limbal

Lisa Lucas

For American Experience

Post Production Supervisor
Vanessa Ezersky

Glenn Fukushima

Senior Producer, Digital Content and Strategy
Molly Jacobs

Production Assistant, Digital Media
Katharine Duffy

Production Manager
Nancy Sherman

Contracts & Rights Manager
Susana Fernandes

Production Coordinator
Lauren Noyes

Production Secretary
Julianna Newmeyer

Jay Fialkov
Janice Flood
Scott Kardel

Marketing Account Manager
Chika Offurum

Mary Lugo
Cara White

Post Production
Michael H. Amundson
John Jenkins

Series Theme
Joel Goodman

Series Manager
Lauren Prestileo

Coordinating Producer
Susan Mottau

Series Producer
Susan Bellows

Senior Producer
Sharon Grimberg

Executive Producer
Mark Samels

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  • Additional funding for this program was provided by

  • DIG: Robert & Marjie Kargman and the Brian A. McCarthy Foundation (Freedom Summer)
  • Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
  • NEH
  • Yawkey Foundation