OUR CREATIVE TEAM

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DIRECTOR: DIANA NEWTON
Diana Newton is the Principal of Falling Apples Consulting, her company that is committed to developing dynamic, humanistic leaders. She is the co-author, with thought leader Dr. Paul Hersey, of Leadership Blueprint: Why We Better Lead and Lead Better (2012). Diana’s dedication to leadership led directly to her interest in filmmaking. She began as a writer and producer of training films that explore the complex dynamics between managers and employees. She also wrote a business history book and produced a companion video about the 75-year development of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. In 2009, Diana wrote, directed, and produced an educational documentary case study--Change Journey: Facing Terminal Illness--that focuses on the process of managing change, based on the real-life story of a cancer patient and her Hospice support team.

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: ERICA ROTHMAN
Erica Rothman is the owner of Nightlight Productions. She has written, produced and directed acclaimed projects, including documentary films that focus on local and global health care, public policy, the arts and humanities. She received a 2007 Gracie Award for American Women in Radio and Television, and key awards at several other film festivals. At the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, Erica mentored medical residents and Fellows who created documentary projects about their work. She has also co-taught a documentary filmmaking course in Oaxaca, Mexico for several years.

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CINEMATOGRAPHY: RANDY BENSON
Randy Benson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on the Bravo Network, the Independent Film Channel (Split Screen), WTTW-Chicago, UNC-TV (NC Visions), and others. He served as producer for the Court-TV program Inside Cell Block F, and has worked in freelance camera & audio production for ESPN, Fox Sports South, CBS Sports and the State of North Carolina.  Randy also teaches documentary film and video at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.

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EDITING: EMILY JEAN FRACHTLING
Emily Jean Frachtling is a freelance editor and videographer based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina with a passion for storytelling. In 2013 Emily graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Visual and Media Arts, concentrating in Documentary Production. Though her specialization is in editing, she has also worked as a production assistant on a wide range of projects including Barbara Kopple’s most recent documentary Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation. Emily has been working for Nightlight Video Productions, a company with a focus in documentary style videos, since 2009.  In addition to her work in documentary production, Emily has also worked as a programming intern, then associate, for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC. 

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CINEMATOGRAPHY: DAVID TYSON
 David Tyson is an award-winning cameraman with over twenty years experience in broadcast television. While first camerman/editor of a CNN overseas bureau in Rome, Italy, he covered events such as the civil war in Lebanon, the release of the hostages from Iran and the Solidarity movement in Poland, as well as interviews with Anwar Sadat, Richard Nixon, Lech Walensa, and King Hussein of Jordan. David has also freelanced for major networks shooting news and documentary programs.  David's credits include credits include A&E, The History Channel, national coverage of the Michael Peterson trial for Court TV, and February One, a civil rights documentary that aired as a national PBS broadcast in 2005, as well as publicity and press kit footage for over 25 motion pictures, such as Blue Velvet, working with director David Lynch. .