Macky Alston, Director
Macky Alston’s award-winning documentary films include The Killer Within, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006 and aired on the Discovery Channel in 2007; Questioning Faith, which premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival and the Hot Docs International Film Festival and aired on HBO/Cinemax in 2002; and Family Name, which premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and aired on P.O.V. in 1998.
Alston’s awards include the Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award and the Gotham Open Palm Award. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show as well as in The New York Times. Alston is director of Auburn Media, a division of the Center for Multifaith Education at Auburn Theological Seminary, which is dedicated to informed, engaging coverage of religion in the media.
Sandra Itkoff, Producer
Sandra Itkoff is a producer of award-winning documentaries and children’s programming. In 2009, her European Film Award-nominated documentary film Defamation, directed by Yoav Shamir, explored the complicated relationship between Jews and anti-Semitism and won critical acclaim worldwide. The same year, her film Off and Running, directed by Nicole Opper, aired on PBS. The documentary traced the coming of age of a young African America woman raised by a Jewish lesbian couple and was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Ms. Itkoff’s feature documentary film The Killer Within, directed by Macky Alston, premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and aired on the Discovery Times network the following year.
Her 2004 film Ladies as Gentlemen: Drag Kings on Tour, premiered on the Discovery Channel and won Best Documentary/Audience Awards at Outfest Los Angeles, the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the Toronto Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
She was the executive producer of The Twentieth Century Project, a six-film series that aired on the Showtime network 2000. The project brought together directors Norman Jewison (Moonstruck, In the Heat of the Night), Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man), Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman), Gregory Nava (El Norte), Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle), and Robert Zemekis (Forrest Gump), to explore in documentary form topics they felt were representative of the 20th century. Ms. Itkoff won the prestigious DuPont Columbia Award for her four-part PBS documentary series Cadillac Desert (1997), which focused on the epic political and environmental struggle for water in the modern American West.
In addition to her documentary work, Ms. Itkoff produced the animated children’s series Grossology: The Science of Really Gross Things for Nelvana and Discovery Kids.