Tamara Perkins
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.

 

Jesse Dana
Jesse Dana
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.

 

Simron Gill
Simron Gill
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
Editor

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
Camera Operators

Tamsin Orion
David L. Brown
Troy Willliams
Marvin Andrews
Mackenzie Mathis
Peggy Peralta

Assistant Editor  Shirley Wen
Editor (Funding Trailers)  Diana J Brodie
Assistant Editor (Funding Trailers) – Peter Matheny-Schuster
Location Sound Mixers

Lou Wiskes
Andy Wiskes

 

Research

Lead, John Ely, PhD
Assistant, Jill Rea-Dilling

 

Communications

Barbara Oldershaw, Community Engagement Consultant
Dom Brassey, Social Media/Marketing Consultant

 

Writing Consultants

Gene Durnell
Lisa Marie Rollins

 

Interns

Allie Duro
Desiree Gonzales
Kate Hunt
Max Karon

 

Fund Development

Tony DiGiulio
Kriz Bell
Janet Smollett
Cynthia Burnett

 

Community Outreach – Camisha Fatimah Gentry
Anthropologist – Carlos Bazua
Photo Journalist – Lee Kauftheil
Music (Funding Trailers)

Moises Rodriguez Gil “Mano Negra”
Temba Spirit
Luke Thomas
Zoo Street Music

 

Special Thanks

Purebred Productions
Machine Studio
Zoo Street Music
Equal Justice Society
Stanford Law School
Houston Institute for Race & Justice
The Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

 

Advisors

Kenyatta Arnold
DOC Film Institute
John Ely, PhD
Karie Gaska, MSW
Josh Kirschenbaum
Laurel Ladevich
Eugene Corr
Rhody McCoy
Dr. Garry Mendez, Jr.
Dr. Juanita Mendez
Arnold Perkins
Jill Rea-Dilling
Michael Shaw
Amy Smith, JD, PhD
Anay Tarnekar
Stephen Ujlaki