Production Credits

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Produced, Directed & Written by: Stanley Nelson & Gail Pellett
Editor: Elizabeth Ackerman
Camera: Michael Chin, Robert Shepard, Rick Butler
Narrator: Lynne Thigpen
Executive Producer: Gail Pellett

Stanley Nelson has been an independent filmmaker for two decades producing films in the United States and Africa for both commercial and public television. His public television credits include the award-winning documentaries: Two Dollars and a Dream: The Story of Madame C.J. Walker; Puerto Rico: Our Right to Decide; Methadone: Curse or Cure; Freedom Bags and Art and Affirmation produced for the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian. He was a producer for Bill Moyers' What Can We Do About Violence and Listening to America.

Nelson has received numerous prestigious awards including Best Production of the Decade (l980s) from the Black Filmmakers Foundation, Best Documentary 1989 from the National Association of Black Journalists, Best Documentary 1991 from Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame; three Cine Golden Eagles and a Western States Research award.

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Gail Pellett has been a producer and reporter for more than twenty years in radio and TV. For eight years she produced documentaries and public-affairs programs with Bill Moyers for PBS. She was a producer and reporter with MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, National Public Radio, and WBCN-FM in Boston; in the mid-70s she was Public Affairs director at WBAI-FM in New York. In addition her radio documentaries and reporting have aired on CBC (Canada). Her feature articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Mother Jones magazine and the Village Voice.

For Bill Moyers, Pellett produced the following award-winning docu-mentaries: The Battle for the Bible part of the God and Politics series; Consuming Images part of the Public Mind series; The Songs are Free with Bernice Reagon; Spirit and Nature; Families First, The New Holy War. In addition she produced fourteen episodes of World of Ideas I and II; two hours of Listening to America (a weekly studio series tracking the issues of the 1992 election) and two public policy hour specials: Money Talks, and The Great Health Care Debate.

Her awards include: National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy nominations; George Foster Peabody; National Education Film and Video Festival "Gold," "Bronze," and "Silver;" the Wilbur from the Religious Public Relations Council Inc; the American Women in Radio and Television; the National Women's Political Caucus; The American Film & Video Festival "Red Ribbon"; The New York Festivals award; "The Chris" from the Columbus International Film & Video Festival; the Georgi award for writing.

Major funding for Shattering the Silences was provided by The Ford Foundation.

Additional funding was provided by The Florence and John Schumann Foundation.

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