Delroy Lindo’s career spans extensive contributions to film, television, and theatre. His film credits include Mr. Rose in The Cider House Rules, and Rodney in Clockers. He worked with Spike Lee on Crooklyn and Malcolm X, (NAACP Image Award nomination). Other notable film credits include: Heist, Wondrous Oblivion; The Core; The Last Castle; Domino; The One; Gone in 60 Seconds; Ransom; A Life Less Ordinary; Get Shorty; Feeling Minnesota; Romeo Must Die; L’Exil du Roi Behanzin; Devil’s Advocate; Bright Angel; Mountains of the Moon; This Christmas (also executive producer); and Pixar’s Up!. Recent television credits include a starring role in The Chicago Code, and Kidnapped (NBC). He appeared on Law and Order: SVU; Lackawanna Blues (HBO) and The Exonerated (Court TV). He received critical acclaim for Profoundly Normal (CBS); and starred as Justice Clarence Thomas in Strange Justice (Showtime, Peabody Award). Selected Broadway credits include Herald Loomis in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and Master Harold and the Boys. He played Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun at the Kennedy Center (Helen Hayes Award Nomination and NAACP Image Award, Best Actor), and he has worked off-Broadway and extensively in national regional theatres and Canada. Lindo has also directed and produced documentary and theater works for stage and screen.
farWord Inc was established by Jesse Williams and company partner Aryn Drake-Lee out of a desire to examine and affect the relationship between historical/cultural comprehension and the ways in which media content influences our [collective and individual] health and behavior. Through the development of valuable curriculum, literary, film/TV and new media projects, farWord Inc. is dedicated to developing the honest and innovative presence necessary for cultural leadership, creative and psychological independence. Founder Jesse Williams can currently be seen as series regular, Dr. Jackson Avery in ABC's Grey’s Anatomy. After graduating from Temple University with degrees in African American Studies and Film/Media Arts, Jesse began his professional career as a high school teacher of African and American History in low-income Philadelphia public charter schools. Jesse’s professional acting career began with off-Broadway performances in award-winning playwright Edward Albee’s The Sandbox. He also directed Life Stories Student Theatre for The Urban Arts Partnership: 24Hour Off-Broadway Plays. His feature credits include Brooklyn’s Finest, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and the upcoming The Cabin in the Woods.
Deborah Willis, Ph.D is a 2000 MacArthur Fellow and Chair of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she also has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies. She was a 2005 Guggenheim and Fletcher Fellow, and has pursued dual professional careers as an artist and one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curators of African American culture. Her projects include Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers - 1840 to the Present, The Black Female Body in Photography. Some of her recent works are Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present; Black Venus 2010: They Called her Hottentot; and Michelle Obama, The First Lady in Photographs, for which she was awarded a 2010 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.
Post-Production Producer: Will Sylvester is an award-winning video editor, musician, and documentarian currently residing in New York City. He has created such documentary works as Thank You for Choosing…, Black in Arizona, Love: A Documentary, and UVC: Students in Education. After receiving his certificate in Radio Broadcasting from East Valley Institute of Technology, Will went on to become Web Manager and Photographer for IndustrialRideshop.com while completing his Associates in Applied Science in Film and Television Production, with concentration in editing, at Scottsdale Community College. Since completing his Bachelor Degree in Cultural and Social Filmmaking from the University of Massachusetts in 2010, Will has worked as a freelance editor and technology consultant; also as a DJ and a member of the band BLEW .
Supervising Story Producer: Rosa White is a New York based film and television Writer/Producer. After receiving her BA in Communications from the University of New Orleans, she began her career with Nickelodeon, conceptualizing and producing On-Air television promotions for Nicktoons Network. Currently a Writer/Producer for WE tv, she has helped the network brand & launch some of its most successful television series, including Toni Braxton’s reality show, Braxton Family Values. Rosa’s personal work utilizes a blend of traditional and new media tools to freshly explore culture, identity, and social justice themes. She was a 2010–2011 Union Docs Collaborative Fellow. Her piece, The Sauce, features Salsa music legend Larry Harlow and explores Williamsburg’s changes through the soundtracks of its visitors and inhabitants. It will be included in Union Docs’ interactive documentary, Looking at Los Sures, which examines the gentrification of the Spanish neighborhood of Williamsburg.