Writer, Director, and Producer
In all of her films, Mary Mazzio (an Olympian and recovering lawyer), explores the concept of overcoming obstacles, whether it is a fight for social change (A Hero for Daisy, I Am Jane Doe), or issues of poverty and lack of opportunity (Ten9Eight, The Apple Pushers, Underwater Dreams). Her mission of shedding light on compelling narratives of social significance has made her one of the country’s most prominent filmmakers. The impact of her work is deep and profound. For her film Underwater Dreams, Mazzio collaborated with the White House and raised more than $100 million dollars in public and private partnerships for underserved students. Her last film, I Am Jane Doe, elevated the voices of young sex trafficking survivors, catalyzing bipartisan federal legislation signed by the President in 2018. All of Mazzio’s films are about ordinary people doing extraordinary things – defying expectations and challenging assumptions of who and what they can achieve.
Narrator and Executive PRODUCER
Chicago born and raised, Common received his first Grammy award in 2003 for Best R&B Song. Since, he has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Erykah Badu, John Legend, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and Lauryn Hill. Common has been recognized not only for his music, for which he has earned an Academy Award and numerous Grammy awards, but also his acting which won him an NAACP Image Award. In 2012, Common founded Freedom Road Productions where he sits as an Executive Producer on The Chi, a show which aims to depict the true lives of Chicago residents. Common is also the founder of Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit serving Chicago youth from the South and West Sides.
A seven-time NBA All-Star and recent Hall of Fame inductee, Grant Hill is a household name across the country. Now retired from basketball, Grant is an owner of the Atlanta Hawks. He continues to excel off the court – from sports broadcasting, to real estate, to founding a private equity mezzanine fund. A true believer in community, his contributions to charity work, academic scholarships, and national initiatives for healthier lifestyles demonstrate Grant’s heart. While all his charitable work inspires, Grant’s lifelong love of art has become his most benevolent endeavor.
Dwyane Wade, one of the Miami Heat’s most celebrated players, is an Olympic medalist, dedicated father, thirteen-time NBA All-Star, Sports Commentator, and well-known philanthropist. On the court, he is recognized for his leadership, making history with Miami’s first NBA Championship and delivering a gold medal for the men’s basketball team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Off the court, Dwyane is known for supporting several philanthropic organizations. In 2003, he founded the Wade Family Foundation, a community-based organization that promotes education, health, and social skills for children in at-risk situations and in 2016 he launched his Spotlight On initiative which seeks to highlight youth who are actively working to inspire change. He hosts a variety of community outreach programs in Chicago and South Florida.
Patrick Douthit, known professionally as 9th Wonder, is a Grammy Award-winning producer who has worked with Mary J. Blige, Drake, Destiny’s Child, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z, among many others. The focus of two documentary-films, 9th Wonder has long been acknowledged for his cultural impact on hip-hop. A few of his contributions include serving on the executive committee of Hip-Hop and Rap at the Smithsonian, acting as the NAACP’s National Ambassador for Hip Hop Relations and Popular Culture, and working as a W.E.B. Dubois Fellow at Harvard University. In addition to his work in the music industry, 9th Wonder is a prominent figure in academia and currently works on faculty at both North Carolina Central University and Duke University. Jamla Records is 9th Wonder’s independent label.
John H. Carlson
Bill McNabb and Katie McNabb
Ginny Gilder and Lynn Slaughter
Bryan White and Christine White
Bruce Herring and Tricia Herring
WITH FURTHER SUPPORT FROM
LAURIE TISCH AND THE LAURIE M. TISCH ILLUMINATION FUND
LINDA CABOT AND THE ANGEL FOUNDATION
RAY “POOKIE G” HAWKINS
TAVARES “POOH” GOODMAN
DR. KERRY RESSLER
DR. DEBORAH GORMAN-SMITH
DR. KATHERINE FLANAGAN
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
AERIAL DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
|STORY EDITORS||ALEC SOKOLOW
|STILL PHOTOGRAPHY||RICHARD SCHULTZ
|ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY||AARON GRASSO
|ASSOCIATE PRODUCER||ANDREW SANDERSON|
|PRODUCTION COORDINATORS||MICHELLE TOCASH HUGHES
|ASSISTANT CAMERAPERSONS||KEITH JONES
|DATA MANAGEMENT||MIKE PAVISLAN
|SOUND RECORDISTS||NAJI AL-AWAR
|ASST. DIRECTOR||RUSS GENTRY|
|KEY GRIPS||MIKE CHO
|SECOND ASSIST. CAMERAPERSONS||ABRAM GALVIN
|HAIR AND MAKEUP||PAULINE BARRY
|CRAFT SERVICES||ANNA DELOREFICE
|PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS||ANA PEREZ-TERNENT
|ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR||LEAH C. ABRAMS|
|TRAILER EDITOR||TOM COLE|
|SOUND DESIGN/RE-RECORDING MIXER||GREG MCCLEARY|
|MUSIC MIX/MASTERING – ORCHESTRAL||DAVID LITTLE|
|DESIGNER/ART DIRECTOR||MICHAEL FREDERICK|
|ANIMATION ARTIST||DONALD DAYS|
|ADDITIONAL EDITORIAL||GILLE KLABIN
|STORY EDITOR – TRAILER||DAVID BERNSTEIN|
|POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR||NOREEN MOROSS|
|ASSISTANT EDITOR||LIA GRIFFIN|
|NARRATION ENGINEER||CAMERON PERRY
|ORCHESTRAL LIVE RECORDING||TYLER SUMMERS – THE RED ROOM|
|HIP-HOP LIVE RECORDING||JAMLA RECORDS/BRIGHT LADY STUDIOS|
|ONLINE/EDITORIAL FACILITY||ANOTHER AGE PRODUCTIONS|
|SOUND MIX FACILITY||HEART PUNCH STUDIO|
|NARRATION FACILITY||THE CUTTING ROOM|
|LEGAL SERVICES||PAUL HARTNETT, ESQ.
DENNIS ANGEL, ESQ.
|INSURANCE SERVICES||TAYLOR & TAYLOR|
|MUSIC CLEARANCES||JEANNE FAY|
|ACCOUNTING SERVICES||GARY MCDONOUGH