Daryl Davis is an American R&B and blues musician, author, actor and bandleader. Known for his energetic style of Boogie-woogie piano, Davis has played with such musicians as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Hornsby, and Bill Clinton. His efforts to improve race relations, in which as an African-American he engaged with members of the Ku Klux Klan, have been reported on by media such as CNN and The Washington Post. Davis summed up his advice in an interview with the London Daily Mail: “Establish dialogue. When two enemies are talking, they’re not fighting.”
Davis’s father, the retired senior Foreign Service officer William B. Davis, believed that his son engaged with the Klan because he needed to make sense of their hatred, to seek common ground. He remarked to The Washington Post that his son “has done something that I don’t know any other black American, or white American, has done.”
-excerpt from Davis’ entry on Wikipedia
Matt Ornstein founded Sound & Vision Productions in 2006. Since then, Sound and Vision has produced and developed music videos, commercials, and short and feature length films. Sound & Vision produced the Matt Ornstein directed Atlantis in 2012 staring Jason Ritter and the space shuttle Atlantis. It appeared in film festivals including Austin, Orlando, London, Cannes, Santa Barbara, Taiwan and 15 others.
Matt is the Creative Director of Sound and Vision, and has directed music videos for artists including Radiohead, Daft Punk, Penguin Prison, Cobra Starship, Ashtar Command, and Harmar Superstar. Matt studied film at Bard College
Musician Daryl Davis has an unusual hobby. He’s played all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but it’s what Daryl does in his free time that sets him apart.
Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan– something few black men can say. In his travels, he’s collected robes and other artifacts from friends who have left the klan, building a collection piece by piece, story by story, person by person in hopes of eventually opening a “Museum of the Klan”.
In Accidental Courtesy, Daryl’s journey takes him to across the country, from DC to California, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Alabama, from old friends who have left the klan, to friends still active in the organization, including a current Imperial Wizard of the KKK. In an age of digital disconnection, Daryl’s method is rooted in personal interaction and we as viewers reap the rewards.
Musician Daryl Davis has played all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard. In his off hours, Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan– something few black men can say.
In 2008 Noah Ornstein joined Sound and Vision. Noah has served in a variety of roles but now works primarily in the company’s feature film division and as Sound and Vision’s General Counsel. Noah received his JD and MBA from UCLA, and majored in Political Science and History at Tufts.
Roberto Alcantara most recently served as marblemedia’s Vice President, Primetime Scripted Development. Alcantara oversaw the primetime slate by developing relationships with writers and showrunners. He identified new business and co-production opportunities all while establishing marblemedia’s US presence.
With over a decade of experience, Alcantara has a vast understanding of the television industry working on the production and development sides of the business. In his previous role at Momentum Entertainment Group, he worked on the company’s scripted slate, cultivated relationships with writers, agents and network executives as well as developed and packaged their series Full Circle. His background also includes roles at Ostar Enterprises and CAA. Alcantara began his career producing television commercials for the advertising industry.
Alcantara studied film and television at Columbia College Chicago.
Photographer and Cinematographer Sam Gezari garnered more than a decade of Set Design and Art Direction experience before going behind the lens. Born and raised in Connecticut, Gezari lived on the Eastern seaboard and in London and graduated from Bard College in 2002 with a degree in Photography.