THE TEAM

Nelson George, Director/Producer

Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture. Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in his directorial debut, the HBO movie Life Support,  the critically acclaimed drama looked at the effects of HIV on a troubled black family in his native Brooklyn, New York. He recently co-edited, with Alan Leeds, The James Brown Reader (Plume), a collection of previously published articles about the Godfather of Soul that date as far back the late '50s. Plume published the book in May '08. Nelson has been on a roll since 2013 with completed documentary projects: VH1's Rock Docs, Finding The Funk, Showtime's Brooklyn Boheme (which was supported by Kickstarter), ESPN's The Announcement, the short All Hail the Beat, for the Focus Forward campaign. He hopes to continue that success with A BALLERINA'S TALE.

 

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Leslie Norville, Producer

Leslie Norville is a documentary producer from Toronto, Canada. Her films have screened at film festivals including SXSW, Hot Docs and IDFA and on various networks including VH1.

 

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Malika Weeden, Editor

Malika Weeden is a published filmmaker and editor with a background in art and dance. Her most recent projects include two short documentaries about Grammy and Tony Award winning artist, Markéta Irglova (Once), and two music videos for critically acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Marc Carroll (Björk's One Little Indian Records).  

Cliff Charles, Director of Photography - Dance Performances

For nearly 20 years Cliff Charles has served as a Director of Photography on projects ranging from Chris Rock’s Sundance winning documentary, Good Hair, the Spirit Award nominated film, Jellysmoke and the Jamaican Gangster film, Shottas. He’s earned two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Cinematography on Spike Lee’s multi-award winning documentaries, When the Levees Broke and If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.