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Carvin Eison
Director/Director of Photography/Editor

Carvin Eison is the creative director of ImageWordSound, an independent production company, the general manager of Rochester Community Television and an associate professor at SUNY College at Brockport. Eison has nearly 30 years of experience directing feature-length video, series television and commercials for a wide array of corporate and not-for-profit clients, including the Dupont Corporation and Eastman Kodak. Eison also has extensive experience directing live concert video, including the Frontline Festival concert in Zimbabwe for UNICEF. Since 1978, Eison has been the videographer for Garth Fagan Dance and has toured internationally with the company. His work is included in the collection of the National Dance Archive and the Library of Congress. As a videographer, coordinating producer and producer/director for Rochester PBS affiliate WXXI for eight years, Eison was responsible for a number of public affairs/news programs and special presentations. He is the winner of two National Black Programming Consortium awards for work produced in association with WXXI and was the recipient of Rochester's Communicator of the Year award for film and video and a Red Ribbon from the American Film Festival.

Eison and Producer Chris Christopher’s documentary, JULY ’64, garnered two New York State Emmy nominations for Best Director and Historic/Cultural Programming. Other ImageWordSound productions have won national recognition including a 25th anniversary Classic Gold Telly and three Bronze Tellys, gold and silver medals at the Houston International Film and Video Festival and honorable mention at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. Eison has also been honored with an Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association, two “Prized Pieces” awards from the National Black Programming Consortium and a Dance on Camera Award.

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Chris Christopher

Chris Christopher is the managing director of ImageWordSound, an independent production company; and the owner of Christopher Communications. She specializes in working with not-for-profits on public education media campaigns, and Democratic candidates for political office.

With Carvin Eison, Christopher produced two seasons of WXXI’s Perfectly Clear—a weekly news and current affairs program. Guests included President George H.W. Bush, former Senator Bill Bradley, Governor George Pataki, U.S. Secretary for Transportation Norman Mineta and Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. They also created The Home Show, a 12-part television series on affordable homeownership and home buying, as part of a national pilot project of the Fannie Mae Foundation.

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Roscoe Lee Browne

Roscoe Lee Browne is an OBIE and Emmy Award winning actor, a Tony nominee and narrator of two Oscar-nominated films. Browne, who launched his theater career with the inaugural season of the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, has appeared in plays by authors from Shakespeare and Sartre to contemporary masters including Nobel laureate Derek Walcott and Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson. Browne created and directed A Hand Is On The Gate, a chronicle and celebration of the African-American experience in poetry and song, which garnered two Tony nominations during its Broadway run. Browne’s television work includes the role of Frederick Douglass in Steve Allen’s Meeting of Minds as well as guest appearances on Barney Miller, The Cosby Show, Law & Order, ER, The Shield and HBO’s Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, among many others. Browne’s film roles include The Liberation of L. B. Jones, The Cowboys, The Comedians, Uptown Saturday Night, Topaz, The Mambo Kings, Babe, Babe: Pig in the City and Hamlet. He is also the narrator of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Ra Expeditions and the Discovery Channel’s Galapagos: Beyond Darwin. Browne has appeared as a speaker in performances by the Boston Pops, L.A. Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and with the St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans symphonies. Browne tours the U.S. annually with actor Anthony Zerbe in Behind the Broken Words, their critically acclaimed celebration of 20th-century poetry and drama.

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