Producer/Director – Arthur Musah
Arthur studied in the graduate Film Production program at the University of Southern California’s School Of Cinematic Arts, where he was an Annenberg Fellow. Prior to that he obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at MIT and worked for 4 years in the semiconductor industry. Born in his mother’s Ukraine, raised in his father’s Ghana, and now living in the United States, Arthur explores characters defined by multiple worlds. He has produced, written, directed and edited fiction and documentary shorts currently playing at film festivals across the world. Some of these include What To Bring To America (Producer), Refuge (Writer/Director), and Color Blind (Editor). Inspired by his own experience of coming from West Africa to study at MIT, One Day I Too Go Fly is Arthur’s effort to capture the magical and tumultuous years when a young person wanders into a foreign land to quench a big thirst for knowledge. He currently lives in Boston where he is lucky to be able to combine his passion for engineering in his day job, with his love for filmmaking on One Day I Too Go Fly.
Producer – Brook Turner
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brook attended the University of California, Berkeley, as an undergraduate on a full athletic track and field scholarship. Brook’s passion for film brought her to the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program where she received her MFA in 2011. Over the years, she’s found herself playing multiple roles as a host for a sports show on NBC, a model for national campaigns and now, a producer on various shorts and commercials. Her primary interest is to make projects that create more opportunities for underrepresented cultures. Brook currently hosts a blog, Thankful For A Million, and has other projects in development. One Day I Too Go Fly is her first feature film.
Story Advisor – Helen Elaine Lee
Helen Elaine Lee is Professor of Fiction Writing in MIT’s Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and a Writer in Residence with the Solstice Low-Residency MFA program at Pine Manor. She was educated at Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Her first novel, The Serpent’s Gift, was published by Atheneum in 1994 and her second novel, Water Marked, was published by Scribner in 1999. She recently finished “Life Without,” a novel about the lives of ten people who are incarcerated in two neighboring U.S. prisons, and “The Hard Loss,” a novel about a DNA exoneree’s first week of freedom after 22 years of incarceration for a crime he did not commit. Stories from “Life Without” have appeared in Callaloo, Prairie Schooner, Hanging Loose, Best African American Fiction 2009 (Bantam Books), and solsticelitmag.org. A member of the Board of Directors of PEN New England, she serves on its Freedom to Write Committee and volunteers with its Prison Creative Writing Program.
Directing Advisor – Mark J. Harris
Mark J. Harris is a Distinguished Professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he has taught filmmaking since 1983. Among his many works are The Redwoods, which won an Oscar for Best Short Documentary; The Long Way Home, which won the Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary; Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, which also won an Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary; Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, an Emmy-nominated HBO documentary; and Darfur Now, which won a Christopher and an NAACP Image Award. He is Principle Investigator on “Interacting with Autism,” a federally sponsored project to create a website that focuses on the best treatments for autism.
Editing Advisor – Kate Amend, A.C.E.
In December 2005, Kate Amend received the International Documentary Association’s inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing for her work, which includes two Academy Award-winning documentary features: Into the Arms of Strangers and The Long Way Home. Amend also received the 2001 American Cinema Editors’ Eddie award for Into the Arms of Strangers, and edited the 2001 Oscar-nominated documentary short On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom. Her recent collaboration with Johanna Demetrakas, Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, premiered at the 2011 Santa Barbara Film Festival. Other credits include First Position (Toronto International Film Festival, 2011), One Lucky Elephant (Best Documentary Editing -2010 Woodstock Film Festival); Steal a Pencil for Me (2007), which screened at the United Nations, South by Southwest, Berlin and Kagali Film Festivals; Man From Plains (2007), directed by Jonathan Demme, and a triple- award winner at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. The Brothers Warner was presented on American Masters in the fall of 2008. Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, about the late actress Beah Richards and directed by Lisa Gay Hamilton, received the Grand Jury award at the 2003 AFI Film Festival, aired on HBO in February 2004, and received a 2005 Peabody Award. Cowboy Del Amorreceived both the Audience and Jury Awards at the 2005 South by Southwest Festival and was broadcast on Showtime in April 2006.
Amend has been an advisor at the Sundance Institute Editing Lab since June 2004. She has appeared on panels for the Sundance Film Festival, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, International Documentary Association and American Cinema Editors. She was a juror at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival for the International Documentary Competition and a juror at the 2010 RiverRun Film Festival. She has also served as a mentor at the NALIP Academy since 2006. She is on the faculty of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors. She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University.
Education Advisor – Nancy Keteku
Nancy Keteku serves as EducationUSA’s Regional Educational Advising Coordinator for Africa West & Central, responsible to the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State on expanding U.S. higher education opportunities for African students. As an American who has lived in Ghana for over thirty years, she has been uniquely positioned to study the development of African universities and their role in the wider global arena. During the past sixteen years as Regional Coordinator, she has worked with the higher education sector in 49 African countries, gaining a perspective on development of both public and private institutions of higher education and insight into the motivations of African students. She has been directly and indirectly responsible for assisting African students to obtain over $10 million a year in funding for study in the United States and is a leading authority on financing higher education in the United States for international students. She also studies accreditation systems, degree mills, push-pull factors, educational exchange models, credential evaluation, and admissions procedures.