Eaton is a cinematographer and editor who has created digital films for
the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County,
the Winston-Salem Journal, and numerous music videos for artists from
North Carolina and Australia . He was trained as a screenwriter at the
North Carolina School of the Arts and now teaches video at the Youth
Arts Institute in Winston-Salem. Eaton is presently completing a feature
length music documentary called Invisible States and creating his second
campaign for the Arts Council.
Jennifer O'Kelly Production Designer, Art Director
O'Kelly has spent her life pursuing narrative and performance related
design. Recent film work includes Three Pickers, Juwanna Mann, Having
Our Say, Target Earth, The Lottery, Shaddrach, Tales of Hoffman, and
Patron Saint of Liars. She has also self produced several video shorts
including Morning Coffee, Breath, and Letters.
O'Kelly was raised in Texas . Her introduction to film was made working
at Las Colinas and Dallas Post Productions while
completing her BFA in sculpture and painting at the University of Texas
at Arlington . She earned her MFA in scenic design in 1993 from the
North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Design and Production.
She has studied and participated in all aspects of the visual and
performing arts including production design, art direction, set
decoration, scenic art and graphic design for film; scenic, lighting,
costume design for theater and dance; formal training in drawing,
painting, and printmaking, sculpture, welding, and metallurgy; furniture
design and construction; and computer aided design, video editing and
To fill the time between film assignments, she owns and operates a
themed entertainment and industrial design business (O'Kelly Design
Studios) which produces murals and scenic paintings at her scenic studio
in the Winston-Salem Arts District.
Frenchie La'Vern - Costume Designer and Draper
Frenchie is a graduate of the North Carolina School of The Arts with a
degree in Design and Production. She is currently earning
a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wake Forest University. Her
most recent professional credits includes Black Nativity
and Mahalia for The North Carolina Black Repertory Theatre. She has
mounted a number of Productions for the Community Theater of
Greensboro including Annie, Smokey Jo, Joseph Amazing Technicolor Dream
coat, 42nd Street, Peter Pan and Judgment at Nuremberg.
Since 2000 she has designed and draped for Duke University and some of
her credits include Helen of Troy, Darker Face of the Earth and Blood
Wedding. Frenchie has also draped for the North Carolina Shakespeare
Festival. Frenchie's latest film credits are Mr. Bones, Wesley, with
Kevin McCarthy & June Lockhart, and Stallion Hearts with Mickey Rooney.
Frenchie is the owner of Frenchie Lavern's Costume Studio located in
Winston-Salem, NC that provide and build costumes for Theatre, film and
the general public.
Steve Jones Production Consultant
Jones' Film credits include Nothing to Lose, Let's Get Busy, Alma's
Rainbow and Daughters of the Dust.Television credits include
The Diggers and The Follower among others. Music videos include Freedom,
Sarah, Doug E. Fresh, XY and many others. Awards include NAACP Image
Award, Best Picture and Sundance Festival, Best Cinematography, both for
Daughters of the Dust Golden Eagle Award for
Diggers and the Paul Robeson Award for The Follower.
In Association With WSYAI -
www.wsyai.org and Authoring Action -
The Winston-Salem Youth Arts Institute, with Executive Director, Lynn
Rhoades, brings professional artists together with youth seeking
franchise* and non-violence in an at-risk and violent world. Many of the
young players in the film were cast from the ranks of WSYAI and we would
be remiss in not acknowledging the contributions of these young players.
*Franchise implies that youth are taking action on their own behalf, as
opposed to having something done for them. That's a huge (and positive)
shift from the way many programs are structured. The term 'at risk' -
much like the terms 'troubled' and 'minority' - have earned their
place in the category of labeling. Many youth bolt when they are
addressed with 'risk' - "I'm not at risk". They equate it with
'slow' or 'bad'. While, on the other hand, the term 'franchise' is most
correct because it indicates a hope to be included. It invites both the
community and its youth to bond towards a future that will empower.
Precisely the word 'franchise' connotes the positive as opposed to 'at
risk' where the word 'risk' is negative. With 'franchise' we purport
gain for a viable child who needs support systems, versus 'risk' where
we purport to fix a broken child who failed to benefit by systems
supposedly available. It's the community that is at risk, indeed our
systems (familial, civic, economic) that need to be fixed. Children do
not rear themselves.