Creative Team




Nancy Sutton Smith

Nancy Sutton Smith

Producer, Director & Editor

Nancy has her Masters in education and teaches digital cinema, video editing, graphics, journalism and mass media at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska. Prior to teaching, she spent 30 years as a television news broadcaster, producer and video editor in Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Working for Comcast in Delaware, she was the Executive Producer of a daily half hour feature show called CN8 Extra, which focused on history, non-profits and human interest video features. When Nancy produced a piece for CN8 Extra that featured Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, the decade-long collaboration was born. Nancy collected 6 regional Emmys during her career. She also won an Associated Press Best Editor Golden Mic statue for the first gang documentary ever produced in Los Angeles which went on to win a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. When she isn’t teaching or editing video, Nancy is watching any British period drama or attending a film festival. Her first career was as a Cowgirl and Barrel Racer in South Dakota. Nancy produces all kinds of videos for her company, Sutton Bay Media.

Nancy, Director

Nancy at age 5 on her pony Gyp

 

 

Marilyn Cohen

Marilyn Cohen

Executive Producer

Marilyn has been showing love to the members of The Peace Train for over 20 years, producing the original train trip in 1993; all the subsequent tours throughout Africa and North America; and the Crossing Rhythms production involving the band, choir, dancers and two orchestras -Western philharmonic and traditional African.  This is the first film she has produced, a tribute to the loves of her life.

Nonhlanhla Wanda

Nonhlanhla Wanda

Story Consultant

Co-founder of The Peace Train, Nonhlanhla has worked on every aspect of the project since 1992. Singer, teacher, organizer, love conductor – Nhla does it all for the good of the country.

Sharon Katz

Sharon Katz

Music; Story Consultant

Sharon Katz has been performing and using her musical talents to educate, inspire and unite people since she was a teenager. Born in Port Elizabeth (now called Nelson Mandela Bay) during South Africa’s terrible apartheid era, she became a music therapist and formed The Peace Train’s multiracial band and choir to break through the barriers and help her country heal. With a Grammy nomination, 6 CDs, conference presentations and performances across the globe, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train keep Mandela’s vision alive. For more info about Sharon, the band and concerts in your area, please visit Sharon Katz & The Peace Train

Abby Ginzberg

Abby Ginzberg

Editorial Consultant

Abby Ginzberg recently won a Peabody for her documentary, Soft Vengence: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, which has screened at festivals worldwide. She was the Consulting Producer on The Barber of Birmingham, which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for an Oscar in the Short Doc category, and has directed numerous other award-winning films. She is President of the Berkeley Film Foundation which has awarded over $800,000 in grants since 2009. Abby gave countless hours of her expertise in the final editing of When Voices Meet.

Malcolm Nhleko

Malcolm Nhleko

Sound

Award-winning music producer and sound engineer; original member of The Peace Train youth performing group

Fred Miller

Fred Miller

Business Consultant

International business consultant and a Best Friend of The Peace Train for many years, Fred brings expertise in strategic planning, resource acquisition and marketing – along with a huge love of music!

Clive Read

Clive Read

Director of Photography

With his keen eye, huge heart and spirit of adventure, Clive Read directed our film crews throughout South Africa and around the world. What a joy to have him with us for the World Premiere at Durban International Film Festival – camera going, of course!

Clive in the background on the left, filming the band's performance following the World Premiere screening.

Clive in the background on the left, filming the band’s performance following the World Premiere screening.

Wendy Khethiwe Quick

Wendy Khethiwe Quick

Production Consultant

Wendy brings a social worker’s heart, a singer/dancer’s sense of flow, a detective’s attention to detail, and a best friend’s roll-up-your-sleeves-to-get-it-all-done energy to keeping The Peace Train on track.

Emily Gumpel Clifton

Emily Gumpel Clifton

Additional Editing

Emily Gumpel Clifton has more than 20 years’ experience in post-production. She has edited dramas, mysteries, comedies, scripted features, verité documentaries, and reality TV, including a short documentary directed by Russell Crowe for his band’s tour of Italy (60 Odd Hours in Italy); a television drama for ABC set in a psychiatric hospital (Wonderland); a verité documentary on Atlanta rapper T.I. (Rubberband Man); and a documentary about the troubled state of agricultural labor in the U.S. (Food Chains). Her films have won awards at several festivals including Sundance, Silverdocs, Brooklyn International, Urban World and Full Frame.

Assegai & Javelin Advertising

Assegai & Javelin Advertising

The brilliant team at Assegai & Javelin Advertising in South Africa donated all their time, resources, ideas and talents in the creation of the film’s poster and DVD artwork. Kudos and deepest gratitude to Raymond Pillay, Managing Director; Kamalasen Padayachee, Creative Director; Shane Naidoo, Design Director; and Priya Shukla, Project Manager Extraordinaire and original member of The Peace Train! www.assegaiandjavelin.com

BlackBook Events & PR

BlackBook Events & PR

Deepest appreciation to the exceptional team members at BlackBook Events & PR in South Africa who generously donated their time and talents in developing the marketing, public relations and social media campaigns for the film’s World Premiere at the Durban International Film Festival: Subashni Govender, Director, and Simone Samuels blackbookmedia.co.za Blackbook