Director & Producer
Tamara Perkins is a filmmaker. She uses film as a vehicle for change. She focuses! Apple of Discord Productions was founded in 2006, producing such films as Niroga. The film profiles her work as a founder of Niroga, a program which reaches incarcerated youth through Yoga and mindfulness. As a grief support facilitator since 2001, Tamara has led grief support groups for children, youth, and adults, and organized a free grief support camp for children and youth. Continuing her community film work, she developed programs such as the Wisdom Project and San Quentin Media Project which train at-risk youth and incarcerated men in filmmaking as a tool for transformation.
As a speaker, Tamara touches topics spanning prison issues and human rights at agencies, universities, and organizations such as Equal Justice Society, USF Law, and Stanford Law. She also served as media keynote for the Houston Institute’s Conference on Race and Inclusion. ‘Life After: Embracing our Common Humanity’, is a TEDx talk she presented. She is a recipient of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Media for a Just Society Award. Tamara’s current film Life After Life began in her yoga class in San Quentin State Prison when the men asked her to tell their story. As a crime survivor and woman with a formerly incarcerated family member this is the most important project of her life. As a media activist and healer, Tamara envisions a future without prisons, where all trauma-impacted children, youth and adults are not met with harm but held in healing.
Cinematographer & Co-Producer
Jesse Dana is a four time Emmy winning cinematographer with over a decade of experience shooting in environments ranging from large sound stages to San Quentin Prison. He has lensed narrative and documentary features as well as 100s of commercials and music videos. Two of his features have received national releases and many of his projects have appeared in festivals all over the world including Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes. To see more of Jesse’s work visit his website at www.jessedana.com.
Development Director & Associate Producer
Simron’s interest in film was developed through both her love of photography and a deep-seeded interest in the power of media to highlight and inform social justice issues. She has been a driving force behind Life After Life’s diverse and innovative development and outreach strategy.
Kevin Jones has been editing documentary feature films for over 10 years. Films such as the Emmy award winning “A Lion in the House” (2006) and the Tribeca Film Festival audience favorite “Burn” (2012). He studied film at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio. More of his work can be seen at www.kingjones9000.com.
Executive Producer – Tamara Perkins
Line Producer/Accountant – Jeanine Rodgers
Music – Brian Rodvien
Assistant Editor – Shirley Wen
Editor (Funding Trailers) – Diana J Brodie
Assistant Editor (Funding Trailers) – Peter Matheny-Schuster
Location Sound Mixers
Lead, John Ely, PhD
Assistant, Jill Rea-Dilling
Barbara Oldershaw, Community Engagement Consultant
Dom Brassey, Social Media/Marketing Consultant
Community Outreach – Camisha Fatimah Gentry
Anthropologist – Carlos Bazua
Photo Journalist – Lee Kauftheil
Music (Funding Trailers)
DOC Film Institute
John Ely, PhD
Karie Gaska, MSW
Dr. Garry Mendez, Jr.
Dr. Juanita Mendez
Amy Smith, JD, PhD