Stephen Parry, Producer/Director
Stephen Parry's passion for early country and bluegrass music led him to create The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance. Stephen has a background with over 25 years of experience in broadcast and corporate media production. His documentary Down on the Farm followed two farm families in Indiana over a period of a year. Old Friends examined historical preservation efforts in Midwest communities. Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music gives elementary school students a greater understanding and appreciation for bluegrass music and its contribution to American culture. Parry has been a presenter at the International Country Music Conference in Nashville and at Brown University.
Bob Hercules, Producer
Bob Hercules is an award-winning producer/director of broadcast films and documentaries. He is also the co-owner of Media Process Group, a Chicago-based production company. His programs have appeared on PBS, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and IFC. His two most recent films both deal with the subject of dance: a film about famed choreographer Bill T. Jones entitled A Good Man (for the PBS series American Masters) and one entitled The Joffrey Ballet: Mavericks of American Dance. A Good Man premiered this April at the Full Frame Film Festival and will be broadcast on PBS in November 2011. Other films by Bob Hercules include his 2009 documentary, Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger, The 2006 films Senator Obama Goes to Africa and Forgiving Dr. Mengele, and the 1999 documentary The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy.