Director & Producer
Tamara Perkins is a filmmaker and change maker focused on documentaries that inspire dialogue, empower and provide voice for vulnerable communities. She founded Apple of Discord Productions in 2006, producing such films as Niroga, profiling a program she founded which reaches incarcerated youth through Yoga and mindfulness. A grief support facilitator, Tamara developed programs such as the Wisdom Project and San Quentin Media Project that train at-risk youth and incarcerated men in filmmaking as a tool for transformation.
Life After Life began when incarcerated men leading a self-help program in San Quentin asked Tamara to tell their story. She has spoken on prison issues and human rights at agencies and universities such as Equal Justice Society, Houston Institute, and Stanford Law. In 2009 the National Council on Crime and Delinquency presented Tamara with their Media for a Just Society Award. Tamara presented a talk titled ‘Life After: Embracing our Common Humanity’ at a TEDx conference in October 2013. Read Director’s Statement
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