Coodie Simmons, Chike Ozah

Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah, (aka, Coodie and Chike) are the talented, award-winning, and directorial duo behind work featured in high profile outlets and venues including ESPN, MTV and at the American Black Film Festival. Their latest project, The First to Do It – a documentary on the life of Early Lloyd, the first African American to play in the NBA – premiered at the NBA All-Star Weekend. They worked with executive producers including Carmelo Anthony and Tony Parker on this important piece.

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Adam Scherr

Adam Scherr is the co-founder of Nous Entertainment where he drives the creative vision for the production company and its film and storytelling projects. Adam leads the development of strategic and philanthropic partnerships for the company, helping to align entertainment with impact. His diverse background in business management, media relations, social causes, film and theater brings a cross-disciplined approach to managing Nous Entertainment and its mission. Adam is the co-writer, director and producer of “Proud Mary,” a biographical film currently in pre-production.

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Axel Baumann

Axel Baumann is an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer. He lives in New York City and has been shooting for 20 years. In 2005, Axel received his first Emmy nomination for Liberia: An Uncivil War, directed by Jonathan Stack and broadcasted on Discovery/Times. In 2008, Axel was awarded an Emmy for Carrier, a 10-part series for PBS on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, produced by Icon Films and directed by Maro Chermayeff. Recently, Axel completed cinematography on Herb and Dorothy, an audience award winner at Silverdocs released by Arthouse Films, as well as a biography on Thomas Jefferson for the History Channel.

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Eduardo Sanchez

Eduardo Sanchez was born in Cuba in 1968. He studied Television Production at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and received his BA in Motion Picture Production from the University of Central Florida in 1994. It was at UCF where Eduardo met his future Haxan Films partners and in 1998 he co-wrote, co-edited and co-directed THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. He also designed and built the original BLAIRWITCH.COM website and co-directed the TV special CURSE OF THE BLAIR WITCH for the SciFi Channel.

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Jack Zeman

Jack Zeman (1945-2008) was a Broadway playwright/director. His first play Past Tense, was Pulitzer-nominated. It was awarded the Stanley Drama Award. Since its Broadway debut at Circle-in-the-Swuare Upton, the play has enjoyed countless regional theater productions across America and abroad. At various times, the play has attracted the talents of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Higgins, George Grizzard and Barbara Baxley, Laurence Luckinbill and Barbara Feldon, Angela Lansbury and Edward Albee.

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Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor is the co-founder and COO of Buffalo 8 Productions, a feature film and digital production / post-production company with credits including award-winning films such as As You Are, Little Men, and a new Netflix Original film set for an April 2017 release from director Spike Lee, Rodney King. Taylor also is co-founder and COO of BondIt Media Capital, a film and television financing firm with over 250 transactions ranging from micro-budget projects to $30M films as well the underwriting of media assets and film libraries.

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Rafael Alvarez

Rafael Alvarez is an author and screenwriter based in Baltimore and Los Angeles. A former City Desk reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Alvarez is the author of ten books, including the short story collection “Orlo & Leini,” and most recently a non-fiction anthology titled “Crabtown, USA.” Alvarez wrote for the first three seasons of the HBO drama “The Wire” and recently finished a script for a feature film about the Nazi occupation of Greece.

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Staci R. Collins Jackson

Staci R. Collins Jackson brings decades of experience in entertainment and communicates to the Nous Entertainment team. One of the most accomplished communications strategists in the entertainment business, her clients include: Charles D. King (Executive Producer of the multi-award-winning Fences), Jesse Collins (Executive Producer of ratings juggernaut The New Edition Story), and Hollywood director Tim Story (highest grossing African American director in the world). She is the publicist for Mudbound, which opened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to high critical-acclaim and resulted in the highest sale at the 2017 festival.

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Suzan Binder

Suzan Binder, Co-Founder and Chef de Cuisine, is the creative and energetic force behind Nous Entertainment. Ms. Binder’s tireless commitment to artistic pursuits and her cause-centric interests serve to drive the creative direction of the company and its partnerships.

Vickery Eckhoff

Vickery Eckhoff is a New York City-based writer whose coverage of the horse slaughter trade has been at the forefront of an ongoing discussion by the news media, legislators, lobbyists, industry and the public. Vickery’s Forbes article on Paula Bacon (on which The Judas Horse is based) was the first to chronicle slaughter’s exploitation, not just of horses, but of small-town people and their way of life. Her story has been cited by lawmakers—from US congressmen to members of Parliament in Canada—looking to shut down this unregulated, predatory industry.

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