Guest Directory

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Jeff Bowden

Bowden, producer and director of DIRT, is a former senior editor and columnist at D Magazine in Dallas, where he won both regional and national awards for feature writing. DIRT is his first documentary.



Phil Chambliss

Chambliss is a self-taught filmmaker from Locust Bayou, Arkansas. His films have only recently come to the attention of the wider world, receiving screenings in Nashville, London, San Francisco, and New York. But, to be honest, it's all the same to Chambliss.

Kevin Clark

Clark is currently directing THE CRISIS MR. FAUBUS MADE, a film about the 1957 desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, and is in pre-production on IS YOU IS...THE LOUIS JORDAN STORY. He is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas.


Kelly Duda

Duda spent 7 years making FACTOR 8: THE ARKANSAS PRISON BLOOD SCANDAL. Duda was also part of the team for Fuji Television that produced The Hepatitis C Epidemic: A 15-Year Government Cover-up. The program won a George Foster Peabody Award in 2003 and was reportedly watched by more than 12 million viewers in Japan.



Matthew Franklin

Cinematographer Matthew Franklin (A PLACE TO DANCE) served as Director of Photography on the National Geographic show, Mission Rescue. He worked on the documentaries ADDICTED, about heroin addiction in Plano, TX, and LIFE, an examination of life without parole sentencing in southern prisons.

Tom Hansell

Hansell is a documentary filmmaker and installation artist based at Appalshop, a media arts center located in the heart of the Appalachian Coalfields. Hansell has fifteen years experience working with coalfield residents to create media about the impacts of energy policy on their homes, families and communities.

Tish Hinojosa

Hinojosa has recorded eleven albums. She's also recorded with Lucinda Williams, Joan Baez, Dwight Yoakum, and Kris Kristofferson. Her albums have graced the Top 10 charts in America and internationally. Television appearances include VH-1, ABC, MTV, Good Morning America, and Austin City Limits.

Keenon Nikita

Wile living in L.A. Nikita worked as a PA on the hit television series THE PARKERS. Following his return to his hometown of Memphis, he created Dogday Entertainment, an independent production company. He co-starred in director Craig Brewer's break-out indie film THE POOR AND HUNGRY.

Lenore Shoults

Shoults has worked in cultural preservation of the Ozarks for almost twenty years. She has been a member of the Committee of One Hundred for eight years, serving as Chairman in 2006. She is enrolled in the Heritage Studies Ph.D. program at Arkansas State University.

Doug Talley Quartet

Past performances of the Doug Talley Quartet include the 1995 & 1999 Jazz in June festivals in Norman, Oklahoma; 1996 and 2000 Deep Deuce Jazz Festivals in Oklahoma City, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Elkhart (IN) Jazz Festival, and the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival.

Laura Varela

Varela is a San Antonio-based media artist, activist and
educator. Her projects are community-based and focus on issues of social justice and cultural preservation. She is a recipient of the Humanities Texas Media Arts grant for her current project AS LONG AS I REMEMBER: AMERICAN VETERANOS.






Lisa Alvarado



Carleton Averill II


Laura Kissel


Wes Martin



Wes Obrigewitsch



Lisa Rhoden Boyd



Hans Stiritz