Performer, recording artist and producer, Mann is acknowledged as a leading authority on early American blues and folk music. He has recorded 8 solo CDs, performed throughout the world and schooled countless guitarists through his books, DVDs and master classes. Woody has had the privilege of studying with Reverend Davis as a teenager. Harlem Street Singer” will feature never-before heard tapes of his lessons with the Reverend. As a visiting artist at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Woody is teaching the artistry of Rev. Gary Davis to a new generation of musicians. Detailed bio; www.woodymann.com
Trevor Laurence is a film and television director, producer and an Emmy-nominated editor. As an editor Laurence received an Emmy nomination for his work on the PBS documentary Daredevils & Dreamers in 1998. He has more recently worked as producer/editor on the feature length documentary, “Florent: Queen of the Meat Market,” which won the audience award for best documentary at Newfest 2009. In 2010 he produced and edited the reality television pilot “Wild Harvest.” He has also edited many short films including the documentary “Tooling Around Woodstock – Featuring Levon Helm,” “East End Girl,” on the British artist Clara Klinghoffer, and “The Man From Oklahoma,” a narrative short. A former guitar student of Woody Mann, Laurence is thoroughly acquainted with the music of Reverend Gary Davis and has been a teacher of Davis’s style. He was a partner in International Guitar Seminars where he ran seminars teaching traditional music for six years, and was also a partner in Acoustic Sessions, a DVD production company, where he directed and produced over 60 music instructional and performance DVDs.
Daniel B. Gold, a winner of the Sundance “Excellence in Cinematography Award”, also has two Emmy nominations and won the audience Award at the Eckerd Film festival. His work as Director of Photography has been featured in several documentaries including COMA, for HBO; NEW ORLEANS, a two-hour PBS special American Experience; and TOOTS SHORE: Bigger Than Life, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. Recent broadcast credits include THE NAZI OFFICER’S WIFE (A&E Special),
BREAKING THE VIOLENCE (LIFETIME Special), and segments on the PBS series, COLONIAL HOUSE. His camera work has also appeared on Saturday Night Live, Dateline NBC, and the Hallmark Channel. He has recently worked as Director of Photography on SAINT MISBEHAVIN’, the Wavy Gravy Movie.
Simeon Hutner (co-Director and Editor) is a film director, producer and editor with over twenty years of film and television credits, including many works shown at Sundance and other film festivals, as well as on HBO, BBC, Bravo, A&E and PBS. Simeon directed the prize-winning documentaries No Humans Involved, which premiered at Telluride; St. Mulekicker, which played in over 40 film festivals world-wide; Martyrs and Saints, acclaimed by Manohla Dargis as “powerful and engrossing”; and My Brother, Nathaniel, which aired on the PBS series Reel New York. He is currently editing the documentary feature Vessel, about the Dutch abortion activist Rebecca Gomperts. Selected credits include: editing on the documentary features When I Walk, Melting Planet and Blue Vinyl which premiered at Sundance in 2013, 2007 and 2002, respectively; Mentor (Tribeca premier, 2006) and Chicks in White Satin, an Academy Award Nominee in 1994. Simeon received MacDowell fellowships in 2001 and 2003, and Yaddo fellowships in 2002 and 2004. He has an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California, an MBA from New York University and a BA from Middlebury College.