For Jesse Owens

Produced and Directed By
Laurens Grant

Narrated By
Andre Braugher

Written and Produced By
Stanley Nelson

Edited By
Aljernon Tunsil

Associate Producer
Stacey Holman

Archival Researcher
Elena Brodie-Kusa

Original Music by
Tom Phillips

Music Supervisor
Rena Kosersky

Cinematography by
John Baynard
Roland Breitschuh
Aaron Britton
Rick Butler
Vicente Franco
Elia Lyssy
Chris Openshaw

Sound Recordists
Gautam Choudhury
Ray Day
Ralf Gromman
Marc Hatch
Steve Lebeau
Lauretta Molitor
JT Takagi
Andy Turrett

Media Managers
Aleesa Adams
Robel Butler
Andria Chamberlin
Margaret Sclafani

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

Sound Editor
Brian Bracken

Foley Artist
Leslie Bloome

Assistant Editor
John Woo

Second Assistant Editor
Joshua Day

Additional Archival Research
Andrew Horn
Polly Pettit

Alton Christensen
Vincent-Louis Apruzzese

On-line Facility
Frame:Runner NYC

Colorist/On-Line Editor
Don Wyllie

Assistant On-Line Editor
Crystal DeBoulet

Production Assistants
Daniel Alexander
Jonathan Alvarado
David Bain
Diishan Imira
Michael May
Cary Miller

Production Interns
Sirak Areki
Alexandra Barlowe
James Cunningham
Zachary Coker
Martin Domke
Peter Foy
Christina Grillo
Hugh Kesson
Adrienne Lotson
Jivan Nagra
Reema Naqvi
Kelin Long-Gaye
Kathrin Neitz
Dearl Nelson
Samein Priester
Ariana Sanders
Natalie Shmuel
Zayden Tethong
Jonathan Weisburst

German Translator
Sandy Jones

German Production Crew
taglicht media GmbH

Associate Producer, Germany
Dennis Wells

Production Managers
Anja Klisch
Bastian Barenbrock

Gerard Nijssen
Ralf Piorr

Executive Producer
Bernd Wilting

Archival Materials Courtesy of
ABCNEWS VideoSource
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
Afro-American Newspapers
Associated Press
Avery Brundage Collection, University of Illinois Archives
Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Bundesfilmarchiv/Transit Film GmbH
Cleveland Public Library Photograph Collection
Special Collections, Cleveland State University Library
F.I.L.M. Archives, Inc.
Footage Farm USA
FremantleMedia North America
Getty Images
Grinberg Film Library
Historic Films Archive, LLC
Home Box Office, Inc.
Agentur Karl Höffkes
ITN Source/Fox Movietone
John E. Allen Inc.
Kratky Film Praha a.s.
LA CAMERA STYLO Film Collection GmbH
National Archives and Records Administration
National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Northeast Historic Film
Oddball Film + Video
Streamline Films
Sveriges Television AB
The Ohio Historical Society
The Ohio State University Archives
Thought Equity Motion/CBS
UCLA Film & Television Archive
Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
Western Reserve Historical Society
The WPA Film Library

All Olympic Film Footage available in this production is copyright of and reproduced with the consent of the International Olympic Committee.

"The Ed Sullivan Show" courtesy of its copyright owner, SOFA Entertainment, and Historic Films Archive, LLC.

Special Thanks
Stan Cohen
Grete Debus-Winkels
DKB Foundation
Carl-Jürgen Diem Jr.
Ralph Fertig
Heinz Gericke
Gloria Owens Hemphill
Ivan J. Houston
Emanuel Hübner
Jesse Owens Memorial Park
Lynda Johnson
John Joshua
Ingeborg Kirchhoff
Alfred Koch
Arnd Krüger
Margaret Lambert
Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
Panayiotis "Taki" Petrochilos
Herbert Reiprich
Gerhard Richter
Marcia Smith
Alexander Tarics
The Jesse Owens Foundation
Dorothy Tyler-Odam
Michael Winter
Alonzo Wright


Written by Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin
Published by WB Music Corporation.
Performed by The Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises

Wir Wollen Alle Wider Kiner Sein!!
Written by Frederick Hollaender
Published by BMG Chrysalis
Performed by Ute Lemper
Courtesy of Decca
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited

California Here I Come
Written by Buddy DeSylva, Joseph Meyer & Al Jolson
Published by WB Music Corporation,
Songwriters Guild, Larry Spier Music,
Bienstock Publishing Company on behalf of Redwood Music Ltd.
Performed by Tom Phillips


Director of Development
Loira Limbal

Business Manager
Sando Jackson

Legal Counsel
Donaldson & Callif, LLP



Post Production
Vanessa Ezersky
Glenn Fukushima

Series Designer
Alison Kennedy

On-Line Editor
Spencer Gentry

Sound Mix
John Jenkins

Series Theme
Joel Goodman

Molly Jacobs

Production Manager
Nancy Sherman

Jay Fialkov
Janice Flood
Scott Kardel

Project Administration
Susana Fernandes
Pamela Gaudiano
Lauren Noyes

Marketing & Publicity
Mary Lugo
Cara White

Project Manager
Lauren Prestileo

Series Manager
James E. Dunford

Coordinating Producer
Susan Mottau

Series Producer
Susan Bellows

Senior Producer
Sharon Grimberg

Executive Producer
Mark Samels

A Firelight Films production for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in association with WDR.
American Experience is a production of WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content.

(c) 2012
WGBH Educational Foundation
All rights reserved.

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  • DIG: Nordblom Family Foundation, Gretchen Stone Cook Charitable Foundation (owens, death)
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