About the Filmmaker:
Filmmaker and racial justice educator Shakti Butler, PhD is a master at inviting people to see themselves as indelibly connected to each other and the world we live in. Dr. Butler is a multiracial African-American woman (African, Arawak Indian, and Russian-Jewish) whose work as a creative and visionary bridge builder has challenged and inspired learning for over two decades. Her work invites her audience to grapple with both the intellectual and emotional complexities of social justice issues. Learn more about Shakti Butler and see footage of her here.
Dr. Butler is the producer and director of groundbreaking World Trust documentaries including The Way Home and Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible. Dr. Butler takes a unique approach to documentary filmmaking. Her core strategy is to harness the power of numerous personal accounts on film. By experiencing an abundance of voices and stories, viewers more easily include their own lived experiences as part of a larger story. In this way, rooted assumptions, which undergird beliefs and actions, are more readily brought to the surface, contemplated and shared through dialogue. This approach, anchored in transformative learning pedagogy, is an uplifting way to catalyze change. Learn more about bringing Dr. Butler to your community or institution, and see footage here.
About the Director of Photography:
Rick Butler is a multiple EMMY award winning director and cameraman with over 25 years of experience in documentary filmmaking. Butler won an EMMY for his direction of the PBS documentary The Fillmore. His camera work has supported films for several flagship PBS series: Frontline (e.g. School Colors, 1995), American Experience (e.g. Freedom Riders, 2011), American Masters (e.g. Paul Robeson: Here I Stand, 1998.) Mr. Butler has shot many independent documentary films that have aired on PBS and in general broadcast and educational distribution. Additionally, Mr. Butler has extensive experience in the corporate and entertainment fields, including direction of several documentary shorts that accompany Pixar films on DVD. Rick is most interested in and proud of films that contribute to positive social change such as his work on The Color of Fear, Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible and a project in progress with activist Van Jones that examines environmental justice, Green Shall Overcome.
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