James William Theres is an award-winning Public Affairs Officer and Speechwriter at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. He has received 10 national awards for speech writing, feature writing, event planning and media affairs.
This is his first time directing a film. James has a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He will complete an MA in History from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi in December 2016. His graduate paper entitled, "The 30th of May" has received two honors in 2016 for Best Paper at the Mississippi Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference and Winner of the Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander Award at the 10th Annual Creative Arts Festival at Jackson State University. "The 30th of May" documentary film is based on his research. Theres marched in the 2016 grand parade with his son, Dion, (pictured) and co-Director, Producer and Cinematographer, Chris Windfield.
Christopher Windfield has raw talent within the film world!
He works with a creative visual language, his projects are a culmination of technical and conceptual practices with exposures to digital media.
Chris was born in Jackson, Mississippi and was raised as a military child most of his life migrating as far north as New York and back south as far as Texas and Georgia. He grew up in many cities were he learned many different styles and abilities as far as his mind could take him.
Enter 5th Child (born Stephen Brown), 27, of Jackson Mississippi. He's not your average rapper- yeah, sure, you've heard that before.
But what you need to hear is the way 5th breathes life into beats-the way he explores aspects of life that matter to the thinking individual- without being corny or evoking images of someone in a dashiki burning incense while scribbling rhymes on a notepad.
Kehinde Gaynor is owner and operator of Exsail, a multimedia company in Jackson, MS that focuses in marketing, graphic design, photography, music and video production.
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Kehinde traveled to Mississippi in 1997 right after high school to work with a group called the Young People’s Project that focused on math literacy and student organization. The Young People’s project was a program under the Algebra Project that was started by civil rights activist Bob Moses. Bob Moses is credited with helping to organize Freedom Summer in the 1960’s in Mississippi.
The Young People’s project gave Kehinde the opportunity to get paid by teaching himself how to do graphic design by utilizing tutorials and also by designing curriculum and learning materials for the organization. Kehinde has almost twenty years of design and music production experience as well as other creative skills that enhance design and production.