JON ALPERT (Director/Producer) has won three Primetime Emmy Awards, 11 News & Documentary Emmy Awards and one National Emmy for Sports Programming. Over the past 30 years, he has consistently gained access to behind-the-scenes events of historical significance and interviewed world leaders when other reporters were not allowed in. After the Vietnam War, he was one of the first American TV crew to film in Vietnam. When Fidel Castro came to address the United Nations in 1979, he and his team were the only non-Cubans allowed access. From 1993 to 2002, he was the only reporter to interview Saddam Hussein. Alpert has a history of bringing visibility to the invisible and more than a hundred of his reports from Cambodia, Cuba, the former Soviet Union, China, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Iran, Korea, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and all parts of the United States have been widely broadcasted on NBC, ABC, CBS, HBO, PBS, ESPN, Canadian and Japanese major networks. Alpert is the Co-founder of the Downtown Community Television Center (DCTC), the United States’ largest and most honored non-profit community media center which is located in a landmark firehouse in New York City’s Chinatown. Selected Filmography: Cuba: The People (1974), Chinatown: Immigrants in America (1976), Vietnam: Picking Up The Pieces (1977), Third Avenue (1980), One Year in A Life of Crime (1987), Rape – Cries from the Heartland (1992), Lock-up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island (1995), High on Crack Street – Lost Lives in Lowell (1995), Life of Crime – Part 2 (1998), A Cinderella Season – The Lady Vols Fight Back (1998), From Ground Zero to Ground Zero (2002), Papa (2002), Latin Kings: A Street Gang Story (2003), Siberian Adoption Story (2005), Baghdad ER (2006)
MABLE HADDOCK is the founding President and former Chief Executive Officer of the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC). She has been the driving force behind NBPC initiatives for over 20 years. Her keen business sense and strong artistic vision have parlayed NPBC into one of the leading and most trusted sources of funding and inspiration for countless African American and African filmmakers. Since 1990 over six million dollars in NBPC funds have been dispersed to independent filmmakers. Haddock, a graduate of Mercy College, holds a Certificate of Public Broadcast Management from the Wharton School of Business, and brings a hands-on brand of expertise to NBPC. Career highlights include contributing writer for Dialogue Magazine, Co-Producer of The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, Mandela (Blue Ribbon Women in Communications Award), The State of Black America, Black America: Facing the Millennium, The Murder of Emmett Till which won an Emmy Award and Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and media panelist for Ohio Arts Council, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Since 1988, International Film Seminars/The Flaherty has annually presented the Leo Awards to recognize excellence in the field of independent media. The Leo Awards are named in honor of Leo Dratfield (1918-1986), a pioneer of independent and nontheatrical film distribution. Past and present awardees have made major accomplishments in the advancement of American cinema, and their influence permeates the contemporary scene.
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