Rhonda L. Haynes- producer, director, writer and cinematographer of the award winning documentary "Bringin in da Spirit". She has garnered nearly 30 years experience in the technical aspects of film and television production, working behind the scenes on productions such as, The Cosby Show, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego, MTV, John McEnroes talk show for CNBC, and independent features and short films. Rhonda has traveled as far as West Africa, Senegal, and Northern India as Director of Photography to shoot several documentary films. She is currently working on her next documentary film, "Let The Eagle Scream: From the Lynching Tree to the Iron Bars," in addition to working as a camera operator at Fox News Channel. Rhonda earned her Bachelors of Science at Western Michigan University, and completed graduate studies in cinematography at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, CA.


"Bringin' in da Spirit" was Rhonda's debut as a director and producer.  Bringin' won over 10 awards in categories like Best Documentary, Best Historical, Audience Choice and Jurors' Choice awards, at several film festivals.  Her biggest achievement is to have the film inducted into the National Library of Medicine in both the history and general catalogue collection. 

Damon Colquhoun-is a Harlem based storyteller. Damon was trained as a screenwriter by the late Fred Hudson - NYU Screenwriting Professor and writer of "The Education of Sonny Carson" - at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center. Damon believes in the auteur theory. With that, he regularly works on expanding his visual vocabulary by shooting still photography, and has studied Meisner technique with Pamela Moller Kareman at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Damon's film, "Transporter," was a Ron Howard / Canon Project Imaginat10n film contest finalist , and his photo, "Manhattan's Many Moons," was a Ron Howard / Canon Project Imaginat10n photo winner. Damon's work has been on display at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Hewitt Gallery of Art (NYC), and featured/reviewed on popular film blogs (including Shadow and Act, Film School Rejects, and Screen Rant).

Here are the faces of the community:

About the Directors

The Impact of Knowledge

Many of us never take the time to think about what impact having knowledge of our history has on our lives. In pursuit of establishing a clear need for it, we are creating 'live' testimonials. We asked everyday people in the community to think and answer this question.

Following is the question we asked respondents:

How has access (denotes school, home, internet) to African American History impacted your life?

In order for people to be productive, they need context. We are seeing the results of a lack of it - it's evident in the negative behaviors of children.

Hopefully, this will inspire us all to see the value of having a 'story,' and how it edifies and contributes to the health of our communities, and in turn, our nation.

Our film project is ongoing - this is the beginning. These are the faces and voices of the community...