Llewellyn Smith, Producer/Director
When Llewellyn Smith became intrigued with the arts as an opportunity for political expression, he moved move away from a planned career as an academic and became a filmmaker. With Christine Herbes-Sommers he formed Vital Pictures, a production company dedicated to media that raises social consciousness. “We’re lucky to be in a professional environment with an amazing production team that shares and expands our vision,” says Llew. Past credits include Eyes on the Prize, Africans in America, Reconstruction, Unnatural Causes, Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness, and Race: The Power of an Illusion. Llew lives in Boston, was born there, and will likely leave with his boots on.
Christine Herbes-Sommers, Producer
A native Chicagoan whose creative inspirations were the Civil Rights, anti-war and feminist movements, Christine Herbes-Sommers’ work in film and television has from the beginning been driven to social and political issues. ‘Changing minds, hearts and policy has so much to do with first, seeing the invisible forces that drive our actions. With Llew Smith and Vital Pictures, we try to make the invisible, visible in our films.’ Christine lives in Cambridge, MA, has one plant that’s survived 25 years, no pets, except for a son graduating from Washington University in St. Louis this May
Vincent Brown, Associate Producer
Vincent Brown is the Dunwalke Associate Professor of American History at Harvard University. He is an award-winning author and media maker with a keen interest in the political implications of cultural practice. Professor Brown teaches courses in Atlantic history, African diaspora studies, and the history of slavery, and is the author of The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2008), which received the Merle Curti Award, the James A. Rawley Prize, and the Louis Gottschalk Prize in 2009.