Film: 2009: January: "Not Easily Broken"

"Not Easily Broken" ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

BILL DUKE (Director / Producer) has created successful careers in many areas of entertainment, from acting, producing and directing in motion pictures and television to writing, publishing and humanitarian efforts.

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, he attended college at both Boston University and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree. He started his stage career as a director of Off Broadway plays, including “Unfinished Women” in 1974 at the New York Shakespeare Festival. He went on to study filmmaking at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where his first short film won awards.

He moved into acting and directing in television and feature film, making his film debut in the comedy Car Wash in 1976 and acting in episodes of such television series as “Kojak”, “Starsky and Hutch” and “Charlie’s Angels”. Among his many acting credits in major films are roles in American Gigolo, No Man’s Land, Commando, Predator, Action Jackson, Bird on a Wire, Menace II Society, Payback, Exit Wounds, Red Dragon, National Security and X Men: the Last Stand among many others.

He developed a revered reputation as a versatile director of films, television series and specials, including the acclaimed PBS productions of ‘A Raisin in the Sun”, “The Meeting “ and “The Killing Floor”. He directed for many of television’s most highly-rated series, including “Knot’s Landing”, “Flamingo Road”, “Falconcrest”, “Dallas”, “Hill Street Blues”, “Miami Vice”, “Cagney & Lacey” and “New York Undercover” (its pilot episode). He won a Cable ACE Award for guiding the television film “American Dream: the Boy Who Painted Christ Black” and directed others such as “Deacons for Defense” and “Partners of the Heart” (a documentary about heart surgery pioneer Vivien Thomas).

He directed his first feature film, A Rage in Harlem, in 1991, followed by major motion pictures such as Deep Cover, The Cemetery Club, Hoodlum, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit and, most recently, Cover (which he also produced). He also served as executive producer on the films The Pact, Hoodlum and Sweet Potato Ride.

He has published two books: “Black Light: The African American Hero” and “The Journey”. He has devoted much of his time to charitable causes, including the groundbreaking inner-city education program “Educating Young Minds”.

He has served as the Time Warner Chair in the Howard University radio, film and television department, was appointed by former president Bill Clinton to the National Endowment of the Humanities and is a member of the California State Film Commission Board as well as the board of trustees of the American Film Institute.

BRIAN BIRD (Screenplay By) most recently created the screenplays for the films Saving Sarah Cain and The Last Sin Eater, both of which he also produced. In demand for both television and feature film assignments, he started his writing career in 1984 with an episode of the popular series “Fantasy Island”.  He went on to write for such series as “The Family Man”, “Evening Shade”, “Step By Step”, “Touched By an Angel” and “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye” as well as for television films such as “The Deaths of Sybil Bolton”, “A Dirty Business”, “Before Time Runs Out”, “In Silence”, “Captive Heart”, “Call Me Claus” and “Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation”. He also wrote the acclaimed feature film Bopha!, directed by Morgan Freeman. As a producer, he has worked on the television productions of “Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher” and “Water with Food Coloring”.

BISHOP T.D. JAKES (Based on the Book By / Producer) is the founder of TDJ Enterprises, through which he produced the film Woman, Thou Art Loosed, which was based on his book of the same name. A world-renown spiritual leader, philanthropist and businessman, he is the pastor of The Potter’s House ministry, a multi-racial, nondenominational church located in Dallas, Texas with over 50 outreach ministries. Following its inception in 1996, the church has grown to over 30,000 members and employs over 400 people. It also has a Prison Ministry program that reaches out to inmates throughout the United States.

He is also the CEO of The Potter’s House nonprofit organization through which he supervises national spiritual conferences and symposiums that break attendance records worldwide. He also founded Clay Academy, a school that serves children from ages 3-15 presenting classes in a spiritual environment aided by advanced technology and equipment. He also leads the church’s humanitarian efforts around the world, including several projects in Kenya.

As an author, he has written the best selling books “Maximize the Moment”, “The Lady, Her Lover and Her Lord”, “The Great Investment: Faith, Family and Finance”, “God’s Leading Lady”, “Cover Girls”, “Follow the Star”, “He-Motions: Even Strong Men Struggle”, “The Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Environment”, “Mama Made the Difference: Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me”, “Woman Thou Art Loosed” and “Not Easily Broken”.  He also produced the plays “Woman Thou Art Loosed” and “Behind Closed Doors” and developed several musical productions through his Dexterity Sounds music label.

Born in South Charleston, West Virginia, he shares his ministry (which he began in 1979) with his wife, Serita, with whom he has five children.

CURTIS WALLACE (Producer) is a lawyer and the Chief Executive Officer of New Dimensions Entertainment as well as the Chief Operating Officer of T.D.J. Enterprises, LLP. In this capacity, he works to bring the worlds of faith, business and entertainment together. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Southern Methodist University School of Law, he applies his legal and business expertise to a diverse array of faith based businesses. Some of the projects he has supervised are the feature films Not Easily Broken and Woman Thou Art Loosed , the production of three live stage productions (“Woman Thou Art Loosed”, “Behind Closed Doors” and “Cover Girls”), the creation of the God’s Leading Ladies Conference Series, the development of the Maximize the Moment series with Time Life Video and the successful gospel music label, Dexterity Sounds.

Prior to joining TDJ Enterprises, he practiced law with Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Brewer, Brewer, Anthony & Middlebrook (where he headed the firm’s transactional practice group). He currently lives in Texas with his wife, Julaina, and three sons, Jackson, Harrison and Carter, and a daughter, Caroline.

STEVEN BROWN (Executive Producer) most recently was co-producer of the television series “Cane” as well as producer of the series “Watch Over Me”. Born in Woodside, California, he first worked as production manager on such films as Double Impact, Best of the Best II, Dazed and Confused, The Cure, Grosse Pointe Blank, Big Momma’s House and Down with Love. He went on to be line producer of such films as Night Eyes II, Ballistic, Wild Things, Runaway Jury, Welcome to Mooseport and Rebound, as well as co-producer of The Apostle, A Slipping-Down Life, Slap Her…She’s French and Assassination Tango. He was also associate producer of Bride of the Wind and co-producer for the television film “Inherit the Wind” and among other television productions.

GEARY McLEOD (Director of Photography) has been much in demand as a director of photography as well as a camera operator during a long and durable career. He began as an assistant cameraman on such films as Hard Country, Bustin’ Loose, Lethal Weapon, Back to the Beach, Everybody’s All-American, Lethal Weapon II, Joe vs. the Volcano, The Bonfire of the Vanities, For the Boys, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Malcolm X, Crooklyn, Corrina, Corrina, Clockers, He Got Game, The Deep End of the Ocean, Money Train and Holes among others. He became a director of photography on the film Dinner and Driving and continued with Black Circle Boys, Cement, After All, Battu, Attention Shoppers, Dani and Alice and Who Made the Potatoe Salad? as well as on the television productions of “City of Angels”, “Masquerade”, “Carmen: A Hip Hopera”, “Danny”, “Do Over”, “East of Normal, West of Weird”, “Barbershop” and “Dirt”.

CECIL GENTRY (Production Designer) most recently worked on the films Confessions of an Action Star, Man Maid and Doubting Thomas. He started as a production designer on the film Swimming with Sharks and continued with the features Trojan War, Below Utopia, Suicide the Comedy, The Shadow Men, Rituals, Harlem Aria, Lost in the Pershing Hotel, State Property, Standard Time, Death of a Dynasty, Sledge: the Untold Story, Adam & Steve, Ghosts Never Sleep, Boy Culture, All You’ve Got and the television film “Nadine in Date Land.”

He also was art director on the films I Woke Up Early the Day I Died and I Like to Play Games.

JOSH RIFKIN (Editor) recently worked on the films One-Eyed Monster, And So Life Goes On and Catacombs. He also worked in several areas of post-production, including being supervising post-production consultant on the film Down in the Valley. He has also served as assistant editor on the films Last Resort and I’m Going to Tell You a Secret, and was an additional editor on Ira and Abby.

KURT FARQUHAR (Music) was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of five children; Kurt was attracted to music very early in life.  By the age of twelve he had already written his first symphonic work.  During his teens he studied in the music program at C.V.S. High School in Chicago, Berklee College in Boston, Eastern Illinois University and eventually the Paris and Versaille’s Conservatories in France.

Kurt has brought his composing talents to a wide range of sitcoms, dramatic series and feature films, including “Soul Food,” “King of Queens,” Cover, “Girlfriends,” “The Parkers,” “One on One,” “Second Time Around,” “Moesha,” “Sister Sister,” “All Of Us,” “The Proud Family” (where he produced Destiny’s Child on the main title as well as doing the score), Play’D: A Hip Hop Story, “Ned & Stacey,” “Under One Roof,” “Matt Waters,” “Thea,” “South Central,” “Sinbad,” “Drexell’s Class,” “Rachel Gunn,” “Roc,” and many others.  He has produced and/or written for artists ranging from Natalie Cole and the Pointer Sisters to Brandy and Destiny’s Child.  For four consecutive seasons, Kurt received the BMI Award for his work on the CBS series “King of Queens.”

From his signature “Urban Scoring” style to contemporary rock and pop music to more traditional orchestral scores, Kurt Farquhar is the sound of quality, innovation and most importantly, the sound of the future.

ALISON BALL AND DAVID LOMBARD (Music Supervisors) are consummate professionals with over 55 combined years of experience in the entertainment business.  They have achieved great success and forged strong and enduring relationships with the music industry's top artists, management teams, company executives, music publishers and attorneys because of their consistency, unflagging determination, great follow-through and exceptional creative, administrative and organizational skills.  They possess exemplary leadership prowess and, at the same time, can be industrious team players. 

They have previously been music supervisors for the films Deliver Us From Eva (Focus Features/Universal-2003) and Cover (Redwood Palms Pictures-2008).  In addition, they are producers for the BETJ music and poetry TV show "Lyric Cafe" (2002-2007) as well as the soundtrack for Deliver Us From Eva (Hollywood Records- 2003) and Executive Producers of Alicat/Umbrella/Image project “Love Tweet” By Tweet (2009).

They were also onsultants in charge of marketing and promotion for Tamia’s CD "Between Friends" (Image/Plus1) (2006-2008).                 

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