Category:American documentary film producers
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The following 109 pages are in this category, out of 109 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 109 pages are in this category, out of 109 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. William D. Alexander – William D. Alexander was an African-American film producer. Alexander was born in 1916 in Denver, Colorado, or in Missouri and he grew up in Colorado and was educated at Colorado State College of Education, now the University of Northern Colorado, and Chicago State University. In 1941, Alexander relocated to Washington, D. C. where he was employed by the National Youth Administration and he worked for a radio program, where his responsibilities involved interviewing African Americans who worked for the federal government and producing stories about Washingtons Black middle class. During World War II, Alexander worked for the Office of War Information, producing press releases, Alexander and his colleagues produced more than 250 newsreels, which were released under the title All-American News. In 1945, Alexander relocated to New York City, where he established his own company, Alexander Productions. Alexander produced musical shorts, such as Jivin in Bebop, Burlesque in Harlem and he also produced features, including The Fight Never Ends, The Highest Tradition, and Rhythm in a Riff. Alexanders Souls of Sin has been described as the last race movie made by a Black producer, Alexander moved to London in 1950. Over the next 18 years, he produced a series of highly-praised documentaries concerning the new states emerging from colonialism in Africa, many of these films were produced at the request of the African states, and were used to promote the new states abroad. At different times, Alexander served as the official film-maker for Liberia and Ethiopia, in 1960, the American ABC television network broadcast a twelve-part documentary by Alexander concerning the new African states. The 22 African states where Alexander worked during the 1950s and 1960s awarded him various awards, one of Alexanders documentaries, The Village of Hope, was about a Liberian leper colony. It was recognized at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival with a Short Film Palme dOr, Alexanders Portrait of Ethiopia was honored with a prize at the 1965 Venice Film Festival. Wealth in Wood, another of Alexanders documentaries, was given the United Nations Award at the Madrid International Film Festival in 1967, in 1974, Alexander produced The Klansman, based on the novel by William Bradford Huie. With a budget of US$4.5 million, The Klansman was the biggest production of Alexanders career and it starred O. J. Simpson in his acting debut. Despite its big budget and all-star cast, which included Richard Burton, Lola Falana and his next film, Jackpot, shut down during production and remains unfinished. Alexander died of cancer in the Bronx in 1991, in 1995, he was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. William D. Alexander at the Internet Movie Database
2. M. K. Asante – MK Asante is an American author, filmmaker, recording artist, and professor at Morgan State University, being one of the youngest professors at the college. He is best known for his best-selling memoir Buck, born in Harare, Zimbabwe and raised in Philadelphia, he is the son of scholar Molefi Kete Asante and choreographer Kariamu Welsh. Growing up he struggled with the disintegration of his family, the incarceration of his brother, after being expelled from multiple schools, he discovered his talent for writing at 16 and decided to pursue it as a career. Asante is the author of four books, most notably Buck, Buck was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and made the Washington Post bestseller list in 2014 and 2015. Poet Maya Angelou, who mentored Asante, described Buck as, A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit and his other books are the poetry collections, Beautiful. And Ugly Too and Like Water Running Off My Back and the nonfiction book Its Bigger Than Hip Hop. Asante is a Sundance Institute Feature Film Fellow for the adaptation of his memoir Buck. Asante wrote and produced the documentary 500 Years Later, a documentary about slavery which received the Breaking the Chains Award from the United Nations UNESCO, Asante directed and produced The Black Candle, a documentary about Kwanzaa, co-written and narrated by Maya Angelou. Asante has lectured and performed in over 25 countries including at SWU Music & Arts in Brazil, on Robben Island in South Africa, and at the British Library in England. Asante has written essays on art, Hip Hop, technology, and culture for USA Today, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, asantes debut music project, the Buck, Original Book Soundtrack, was released on May 14,2015. The Soundtrack features hip-hop music by Asante and is inspired by his memoir Buck, rapper Talib Kweli called Asante an incredible MC and released the Buck Soundtrack on his Javotti Media record label. Asante is featured on the song Bangers, along with Halo, from the acclaimed album Indie 500 by Talib Kweli. Pitchfork called Bangers a cant miss moment on the album and wrote, Asante is a graduate of The Crefeld School. At 23, he joined the faculty of Morgan State University and he received tenure at 26 and is currently Associate Professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts. In 2017, he was appointed Distinguished Professor-in-Residence at MICA in Gujarat, India
3. Zak Bagans – Zachary Alexander Zak Bagans is an American paranormal investigator, actor, television personality, and author. He is the principal host of the Travel Channel series, Ghost Adventures, Bagans was born on April 5,1977, in Washington, D. C. He graduated Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Bagans attended the Motion Picture Institute in Michigan. Following graduation from MPI, he moved to Las Vegas, aspiring to film documentaries, after arriving in Las Vegas, he found work as a wedding disc jockey. In 2004, Bagans teamed up with Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin to produce a film called Ghost Adventures. In a June 2009 interview with Paranormal Underground magazine, he responded, I dont want the public perceiving us as the taunting and we do that only to the bad spirits who we know are attacking the living. In 2011, Bagans hosted Paranormal Challenge, a concurrent spin-off program also on the Travel Channel, in 2011, Zak Bagans narrated and hosted a Travel Channel special called Ultimate Travel, Legends of the Park, a show about Americas National Parks and how they are haunted. Bagans co-wrote a book with author Kelly Crigger titled Dark World, on September 23,2011, the book debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list at No.18. In 2012, Bagans appeared in two collaborations with Lords of Acid on the song Paranormal Energy and on an album called Necrofusion with Praga Khan. Bagans produced Paranormal Paparazzi, a reality show that premiered on September 28,2012, in March 2014, Bagans announced a spin-off series titled Ghost Adventures Aftershocks, which premiered in April 2014. It focuses on the changes of people affected at haunted places before. On April 2,2016, Bagans premiered his new show on the Travel Channel Deadly Possessions featuring his museum located in Las Vegas, official website Zak Bagans at the Internet Movie Database
4. Katie Couric – Katherine Anne Katie Couric is an American journalist and author. Couric has been a television host on all Big Three television networks in the United States and she worked for NBC News from 1989 to 2006, CBS News from 2006 to 2011, and ABC News from 2011 to 2014. In addition to her television roles, she hosted Katie. Some of her most important notable roles include co-host of Today, anchor of the CBS Evening News and she also reported for nearly every television news broadcast across ABC, CBS and NBC. Courics first book, The Best Advice I Ever Got, Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, was a New York Times best-seller, in 2004, Couric earned induction into the Television Hall of Fame. C. Although her mother was Jewish, Couric was raised as a Presbyterian, in a report for Today, she traced her patrilineal ancestry back to a French orphan who immigrated to the U. S. in the 19th century and became a broker in the cotton business. Couric attended Arlington Public Schools, Jamestown Elementary, Williamsburg Middle School, as a high school student, she was an intern at Washington, D. C. all-news radio station WAVA. She enrolled at her fathers alma mater, the University of Virginia, Couric served in several positions at UVAs award-winning daily newspaper, The Cavalier Daily. During her fourth year at UVA, Couric was chosen to live as Senior Resident of The Lawn and she graduated in 1979 with a bachelors degree in American Studies. Courics first job in 1979 was at the ABC News bureau in Washington, between 1984 and 1986, she worked as a general-assignment reporter for the then-CBS affiliate WTVJ in Miami, Florida. During the following two years, she reported for WRC-TV, the NBC owned- and -operated station in Washington, D. C. work which earned her an Associated Press award, Couric joined NBC News in 1989 as Deputy Pentagon Correspondent. From 1989 to 1991, Couric was an anchor substitute and she also subbed for Daniels, Norville, and John Palmer as the news anchor on Today. In 1989, Couric joined Today as national political correspondent, becoming a substitute co-host in February 1991 when Norville had to leave, Norville did not return and Couric became permanent co-anchor on April 5,1991. While at NBC, Katie Couric occasionally filled in for Tom Brokaw on NBC Nightly News, from 1989–1993, Couric also filled in for Maria Shriver on the Sunday Edition of NBC Nightly News and for Garrick Utley on the Saturday Edition of NBC Nightly News. In addition, during her time on Today she served as a host of the annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade for 15 years from 1991-2005, Couric hosted or worked on a number of news specials, like Everybodys Business, Americas Children in 1995. Similar entertainment specials were Legend to Legend Night, A Celebrity Cavalcade in 1993, Couric has also co-hosted the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. She has broadcast with Bob Costas, beginning with the 2000 Summer Olympics, John F. Kennedy, Jr. gave Couric his first and last interviews. Couric has won multiple television reporting awards through her career, including the prestigious Peabody Award for her series Confronting Colon Cancer, Couric has also interviewed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harry Potter author J. K
5. Jenna Dewan – Jenna Dewan Tatum is an American actress and dancer. She began her career as a dancer for Janet Jackson, and later worked with artists including Pink, Missy Elliott. She is known for her role as Nora in the 2006 film Step Up and she has also starred on the short-lived NBC series The Playboy Club and had a recurring role on the FX series American Horror Story, Asylum. She was Freya Beauchamp on the Lifetime series Witches of East End, Dewan has been married to actor Channing Tatum since 2009. Dewan was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Nancy Smith and Darryll Dewan and her father is of Lebanese and Polish descent and her mother is of German and English ancestry. She has three siblings, brothers, Dawson Dewan, Dayne Dewan, and Daniel Dewan and her parents divorced when she was young and her mother remarried Claude Brooks Smith. As a child, Dewan-Tatum moved frequently, she mentioned in an interview that she lived in seven cities before reaching the seventh grade, while attending high school at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland, Dewan was a varsity cheerleader. She transferred to Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas and she was also a varsity cheerleader there and graduated in 1999 from Grapevine High School and was voted prom queen during her senior year. She went to University of Southern California and was a member of the California Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi, Dewan first appeared in Janet Jacksons Doesnt Really Matter video, and later in All for You and the All for You Tour. Dewan credits working with Jackson for aiding her career, allowing her to work with many other artists. In 2016, Dewan-Tatum modeled as the face of Danskin in a campaign, in 2006, Dewan co-starred with Channing Tatum in Step Up, as well as starring in Take the Lead that same year. In August 2008, Dewan starred in the Lifetime made-for-television film Fab Five and she portrayed the role of disciplinarian Coach Emma Carr. In November 2009, she appeared in the straight-to-DVD comedy American Virgin alongside Rob Schneider, in March 2011, Dewan was cast in the NBC pilot of The Playboy Club. In May 2011, NBC picked up the series for a full season and she portrayed the role of Bunny Janie, a provocative Playboy bunny who works at a Playboy Club in Chicago in 1961. The series premiered on September 19 to 5.2 million viewers with mixed reviews from critics, due to low ratings, NBC cancelled the series after just three episodes in October 2011. In November 2011, Dewan starred in the film The Jerk Theory and this was first released in Germany in 2009. It was later released in the US in November 2011, Dewan appeared in the romantic-comedy film 10 Years, produced by her husband Channing Tatum. The film was released on September 14,2012 and that same year, she appeared in American Horror Story, Asylum, the second season of the horror television series, as Teresa Morrison
6. Abigail Disney – Abigail E. Disney, PhD is an American documentary filmmaker, scholar, philanthropist, and activist known for her documentary films focused on social themes. She is the Executive Producer and Director of the film The Armor of Light, abigail Disney was raised in North Hollywood, California, and was educated at Yale, Stanford, and Columbia. She is the daughter of Patricia Ann and Roy E. Disney and granddaughter of Roy O. Disney and she turned to the family business of filmmaking with a documentary film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, directed by Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Gini Reticker. Pray the Devil Back to Hell brought to light the work of Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee by telling the story about the role women played in bringing peace to war torn Liberia. Pray the Devil Back to Hell won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008, in 2007, she and Gini Reticker founded Fork Films, a New York-based production company that seeks to shed light, evoke compassion, stir action and build peace. She is the President and CEO, and Reticker is the Chief Creative Officer, in total, the tour brought the film to 31 foreign countries,45 U. S. states and 235 U. S. cities. The film is credited with highlighting the bravery and sacrifice of its lead figure, Leymah Gbowee. Murrow Award, a Gracie Award, a Television Academy Honor, also in 2011, Disney received an Athena Film Festival Award for her extraordinary use of film for social change. Abigail Disney made her debut with The Armor of Light. Rob Schenck and Lucy McBath, the mother of teenager Jordan Davis, Davis was unarmed at the time of his death, and his story has cast a spotlight on Stand Your Ground laws in the United States. The film follows Rev. Schenck as he meets McBath, a pro-choice Christian, the Armor of Light premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015 before opening theatrically on October 30,2015. Disney and her husband Pierre Hauser created The Daphne Foundation in 1991 in order to fund programs that confront the causes and consequences of poverty in the five boroughs of New York City. In 2008, Disney launched Peace is Loud, a organization that inspires action through media. The organization’s mission is to generate a groundswell of people committed to building a culture of peace, Disney serves as the Founder and President. Disney has made overseas trips with fellow peace activists, including Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee. The two traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011 to spend a week working with peace activists. The following year, they visited Sri Lanka, where women activists launched the Sri Lankan Womens Agenda on Peace, Security and Development, inspired by Gbowees legacy. In 2012 she renounced her share of the profits from the Disney family investment in the Ahava cosmetics company whose factory is located in a West Bank settlement and she stated I cannot in good conscience profit from what is technically the plunder or pillage of occupied natural resources
7. Gail Dolgin – Gail Dolgin was an American filmmaker. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Daughter from Danang, Daughter from Danang also won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. Dolgin was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn the daughter of Israel and she had three brothers, Kalmon Dolgin, Neil Dolgin, and Stuart Dolgin. Her grandfather Kalmon Dolgin founded a New York-based real estate firm which her father. It is now known as Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, Inc. and she was raised in Great Neck, New York and earned a bachelors degree in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters in education from the University of Oregon. Interested in photography, she joined Newsreel, an activist film collective in New York, in addition to Daughter From Danang, Dolgins notable credits include Cuba Va about Cuban youth after the revolution, and Summer of Love, about San Francisco in the summer of 1967. She also collaborated filmmaker Vicente Franco on films, the film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, three months after Dolgins death, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012. Dolgin died in 2010, aged 65, following a 10-year battle with breast cancer and she had one daughter, Amelia Nardinelli. Gail Dolgin at the Internet Movie Database
8. Lolis Eric Elie – Lolis Eric Elie is an American writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and food historian best known for his work as story editor of the HBO drama Treme and story editor of AMCs Hell on Wheels. Elie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and he is the son of Lolis Edward Elie, a civil rights attorney and Dr. Gerri Elie, a school principal and university professor. Elie is an alumnus of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and he went on to attend the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated in 1985 with a B. S. in Finance and Economics. In 1986 he received his M. S. from Columbia Universitys Graduate School of Journalism, after graduating from Columbia University, Elie went on to receive an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Virginia. Elie began his career as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He then went on to become the Road Manager for Wynton Marsalis, in 1995 he became a columnist and reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. During this time he wrote books, including Smokestack Lightning, Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country. After leaving the Times Picayune in 2009, Elie became the editor at HBOs Treme. He wrote for the episode I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say, Shame, Shame, Shame and Santa Claus, in 2013, Elie moved to Los Angeles where he became the executive story editor for AMCs Hell on Wheels. His work is included in Best African American Essays and Best Food Writing,2008 and he is also a contributing editor to the Oxford American. Elie has been featured several times on Travel Channels No Reservations, Elie is one of the founders of the Southern Foodways Alliance. On July 23,2013 his book Treme, Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans was released, saveur named the book as one of the Best July Food Books
9. Charles Ferguson (filmmaker) – Ferguson is also a software entrepreneur, writer and authority in technology policy. A native of San Francisco, Ferguson was originally educated as a political scientist, a graduate of Lowell High School in 1972, he earned a BA in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1978, and obtained a PhD in Political Science from MIT in 1989. From 1992–1994 Ferguson was an independent consultant, providing consulting to the top managements of U. S. high technology firms including Apple Inc. In 1994, Ferguson founded Vermeer Technologies, one of the earliest Internet software companies, Vermeer created the first visual website development tool, FrontPage. In early 1996, Ferguson sold Vermeer for $133 million to Microsoft, after selling Vermeer, Ferguson returned to research and writing. Ferguson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a director of the French-American Foundation. For over 20 years, Ferguson had been interested in film. In mid-2005, he formed Representational Pictures and began production of No End in Sight, No End in Sight won a special jury prize for documentaries at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 in the documentary feature film category. It received the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Ferguson credits narrator Matt Damon for contributing to the film, specifically the structure of the ending, in addition to his narration duties. On May 1,2011, The New York Times reported that Ferguson had agreed to make a film about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for HBO Films, according to the IMDB the film is scheduled for release in 2013. In the article Ferguson lamented that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Democrats, not Republicans – and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, congress then passed the Act with a veto-proof supermajority. Computer Wars, The Fall of IBM and the Future of Global Technology, High Stakes, No Prisoners, A Winners Tale of Greed and Glory in the Internet Wars. The Broadband Problem, Anatomy of a Market Failure and a Policy Dilemma, No End in Sight, Iraqs Descent into Chaos. This is a companion to the movie Inside Job, providing citations for many of the claims in that movie
10. Alex Gibney – Philip Alexander Alex Gibney is an American documentary film director and producer. In 2010, Esquire magazine said Gibney is becoming the most important documentarian of our time, Gibney was born in New York City, New York, the son of Harriet and journalist Frank Gibney. His stepfather was the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, after attending Pomfret School, Gibney earned his bachelors degree from Yale University and later attended the UCLA Film School. Gibney developed an anti-authority view from the career of his father, They say to succeed youre supposed to suck up. Well, he was the guy who sucked down and kicked up. He was at Time, then fired and his stepfather was equally an influence on him. There was something about my father, my mother, and then my stepfather, and that probably rubbed off on me, too. He served as producer of the documentary No End in Sight. His film Gonzo, The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is a based on Hunter Thompsons life. Under executive producer Martin Scorsese, Gibney was series producer for the PBS television series The Blues, several films he directed and/or produced have been screened at the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca Film Festivals. In an interview with Robert K, I always thought thats whats great about movies sometimes—the best movies have to be experienced, they can’t just be written about. In an interview with David Poland for MIFF, Gibney gives statement to disagree with Ayn Rands philosophy of Objectivist Movement, theres no such thing as objectivity. When youre making a film, a cant be objective. Gibneys Taxi to the Dark Side premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival where it won Best Documentary, the film probes the homicide of an innocent taxi driver named Dilawar at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. Gibney is president of Jigsaw Productions, which produces independent films, music documentaries and he has been honored by the Yale Film Studies program for his contributions to film culture. In 2010, Utne Reader listed Gibney as one of 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World and his 2013 film We Steal Secrets, The Story of WikiLeaks, is a comprehensive look at WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning. The Wikileaks organization itself has objected to the way Gibney portrayed it, Gibneys most recent projects include work on The Armstrong Lie, Catching Hell and Going Clear, a documentary about Scientology. Gibney writes for the The Atlantic, and has written for Huffington Post, on June 19,2008, Gibneys company filed for arbitration, arguing that THINKFilm failed to properly distribute and promote his film Taxi to the Dark Side
11. Nick Groff – Nick Groff is an American paranormal investigator, musician, and television personality. Groff is currently the lead investigator for the television series Paranormal Lockdown and he was a co-investigator and executive producer of Ghost Adventures, as well as an editor and cameraman for the show from seasons 1-10. Groff was a producer for a show on the Travel Channel called Vegas Stripped. Born in San Jose, California, Groff grew up in New England and he may have graduated from Pelham High School in New Hampshire and later studied film at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he met Aaron Goodwin. In a 2012 interview, Groff questioned, Was it my imagination, or was it something from my accident that made me more open to that world. Groff befriended Bagans during his wedding in Las Vegas, Groff claims he was possessed by an entity at the Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia and says it was one of his most life-changing experiences. According to Groff, an encounter with a spirit at the Linda Vista Community Hospital in East Los Angeles. Groff was allegedly possessed in Natchez, Mississippi during the investigation of Kings Tavern, Groff and his wife Veronique reside in Massachusetts with their two daughters. In 2004, Groff teamed up with Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin to produce a film called Ghost Adventures. On November 24,2014, Groff announced that he would not be returning to Ghost Adventures for the upcoming season, Groff has since produced his own series titled Ghost Stalkers, and is currently starring in another show of his Paranormal Lockdown, where he is the lead investigator. He also hosted the special Ghosts of Shepherdstown series on Destination America, Groff released two albums titled The Other Side and Spiritual War. The lyrics recall Groffs spiritual journey. He also has a line named Phantom Collection. Nick Groff at the Internet Movie Database Nick Groff on Twitter
12. Jam Handy – Henry Jamison Jam Handy was an American Olympic breaststroke swimmer, water polo player, and leader in the field of commercial audio and visual communications. Handy was noted for the number of training films that he produced over the years, as a swimmer, Handy introduced a number of new swimming strokes to Americans, such as the Australian crawl. He would often wake up early and devise new strokes to give him an edge over other swimmers, swimming led to him getting a bronze in the 1904 Olympics at St. Louis, Missouri. Twenty years later he was part of the Illinois Athletic Club water polo team at the 1924 Olympics in Paris and he broke the record of longest period of time between first and last competition. The team won the bronze at that Olympics, Handy attended North Division High School in Chicago, and then the University of Michigan during the 1902–03 academic year. During that time he was working as a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune when on May 8 he wrote an article about a lecture in the Elocution 2 class given by Prof. Thomas C. Trueblood as a course in lovemaking, Handy went on to describe how Trueblood had dropped to a bended knee in order to demonstrate how to make an effective marriage proposal. John T. McCutcheon, a Chicago Record Herald cartoonist, followed the day with a cartoon about a Professor Foxy Truesport showing his class how to best make love. Neither Trueblood nor university President James B. Angell were amused, ten days after the initial article was published, Handy was suspended for a year for publishing false and injurious statements affecting the character of the work of one of the Professors. Handy was told he could re-apply one year later, instead, Handy decided to apply to a different school, but he was unable to gain acceptance to other schools because of what had happened at the University of Michigan. Handy was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania, but was told to leave two weeks of classes. Tribune editor Medill McCormick tried to intervene on Handys behalf, at that point McCormick offered Handy a job. Handy worked in a number of departments at the Tribune and it was during his time working on the advertising staff that Handy observed that informing and building up salespeoples enthusiasm for the products they were selling helped to move more merchandise. He also began researching exactly what people buy a particular product. Handy left the Tribune to do work on corporate communications. He worked with John H. Patterson of National Cash Register, with help from another associate, Handy began making and distributing films that showed consumers how to operate everyday products. After World War I broke out, Handy began making films to show how to operate military equipment, during this time the Jam Handy Organization was formed. Handy was married to Helen Hoag Rogers and had five children, one of his daughter Chailles children is the printmaker Garner Tullis
13. Rashida Jones – Rashida Leah Jones is an American actress, comic book author, producer, singer, and screenwriter. She is known for playing Ann Perkins on NBCs comedy Parks and Recreation, Louisa Fenn on Foxs Boston Public and Karen Filippelli on The Office, as well as a small role in the TV show Freaks & Geeks. She has had roles in I Love You, Man, Our Idiot Brother, The Social Network, The Muppets and Celeste and Jesse Forever. She now plays the role in the TBS comedy series Angie Tribeca. Jones was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actress Peggy Lipton and she is the younger sister of actress and model Kidada Jones, and half-sister to five siblings from their fathers other relationships. Jones father, who is African American, also has distant English and Welsh ancestry, Jones and her sister were raised in Reform Judaism by their mother, Jones attended Hebrew school, though she left at the age of ten and did not have a Bat Mitzvah. Jones grew up in Los Angeles Bel Air neighborhood and she has said of her parents mixed-race marriage, it was the 1970s and still not that acceptable for them to be together. In his autobiography, her father recalled how he would find the six-year-old Jones under the covers after bedtime. She has said that she grew up a straight-up nerd and had a computer with floppy disks, Jones displayed musical ability from a young age and can play classical piano. Her mother told Entertainment Tonight that Jones is also a singer and songwriter. Jones attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, where she made the National Honor Society and was voted Most Likely To Succeed by her classmates, Jones was involved with theatre at Buckley, with tutelage from acting teacher Tim Hillman. She went to the school as socialites Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie. Jones parents divorced when she was 14 years old, her sister subsequently remained with their father, in 1994, Jones garnered attention with an open letter responding to scathing remarks made by rapper Tupac Shakur about her parents interracial marriage. After high school, she left California to attend Harvard University and she was initially interested in becoming a lawyer but changed her mind after becoming disillusioned by the O. J. Simpson murder trial. She studied religion and philosophy and graduated in 1997, Jones made her professional acting debut in The Last Don, a 1997 miniseries based on the novel by Mario Puzo. She next appeared in Myth America, East of A and If These Walls Could Talk 2, in 2000, she guest starred as Karen Scarfolli on Freaks and Geeks before landing the role of Louisa Fenn on Boston Public. Between 2000 and 2002, she appeared in 26 episodes, earning an NAACP Image Award nomination in her final year, although she had a minor supporting role in the series, film opportunities quickly surfaced. She had a role in Full Frontal, directed by Steven Soderbergh