Rebecca Cerese is an award-winning filmmaker and passionate social justice advocate. Her first documentary, “February One – The Story of the Greensboro Four,” tells the story of the 1960 Greensboro Civil Rights Sit-ins that served as a nationwide catalyst for the non-violent protests that would follow.
Rebecca is currently the Producer for the PBS Series, “A Craftsman’s Legacy,” and two of her latest films, “Landscapes of the Heart – The Elizabeth Spencer Story” and “Generation of Change – Bill Friday, Terry Sanford and NC from the 1920s-1972” have both been broadcast on UNC-TV. She also directed, produced and co-wrote, “Change Comes Knocking – The Story of the North Carolina Fund,” a film that chronicles the impact of a revolutionary anti-poverty program started by Terry Sanford in 1960s North Carolina. Cerese also served as co-producer of the documentary “Durham – A Self-Portrait.”
Rebecca holds dual degrees in Communications and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and she currently serves on the Board of the People’s Channel, the public access station in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina.
Producer/Writer Dr. Jason Miller is a Professor, Associate Head, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English at North Carolina State University.
Professor Jason Miller’s research interests include twentieth-century American Poetry, American Literature, and pedagogy. Dr. Miller is the author of Origins of the Dream: Hughes’s Poetry and King’s Rhetoric (forthcoming, January 2015). His previous book Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture (2011) investigates the nearly three dozen poems written by Hughes to reveal the complex interplay between politics, culture, and art. A published poet, he has also contributed entries on blues and gospel music to the New Anthology of American Poetry published by Rutgers University Press as well as insight into teaching William Faulkner, that has been published and reprinted. He has authored over a dozen articles since coming to Raleigh in 2005.
Co-Producer Cash Michaels is the award-winning editor, chief reporter / photographer and columnist for The Carolinian Newspaper in Raleigh; and staff writer for the Wilmington Journal newspaper. His latest project is the documentary, “Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten,” the true story of the false prosecution of ten ‘70’s civil rights activists, and the Black Press’ role in their ultimate exoneration. Among Michaels’ previous productions is the highly acclaimed feature-length documentary, “Obama in NC: The Path to History.”