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Biographies of Filmmakers
Peter L. Stein
Peter L. Stein is producer and writer of The Fillmore and executive producer of KQED's celebrated series Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco. He also was producer, director and writer of the third episode, The Castro, which won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. Previous episodes include Chinatown and The Mission. Stein's other public television executive producer credits include three seasons of Green Means, a series consisting of short environmental success stories; Today's Gourmet and Jacques Pépin's Kitchen (the latter is a three-time winner of a James Beard Award for Best National Cooking Program); and Evelyn Cisneros: Moving On! He has also developed and overseen numerous cultural, historical and how-to programs during 11 years at KQED.
Stein was an Emmy Award-winning producer for KPIX (CBS/San Francisco) as well as a public radio correspondent in Cambodia prior to his work at KQED. After completing The Fillmore, Stein left KQED to develop a series of interdisciplinary exhibitions for the new Jewish Museum San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center.
Stein is a third-generation San Franciscan; although he did not grow up in the Fillmore, he was born there (in a hospital in the Western Addition), and two of his grandparents spent their childhood in the Fillmore, both before and after the 1906 earthquake.
Director Rick Butler is an Emmy Award-winning director of photography with more than 20 years experience in film and television. His distinguished credits include the American Masters special "Paul Robeson: Here I Stand," Street Soldiers, and Soldiers Without Swords: The Black Press, all of which have been broadcast on PBS. His work has included many intimate cinema verité documentaries, such as Frontline's "School Colors." His association with KQED dates back to 1977 when he shot the critically acclaimed documentary Inside the Cuckoo's Nest and worked as a cameraman/editor on Newsroom. The Fillmore is Butler's first directing project for broadcast.
Joseph de Francesco
Joseph De Francesco is a San Francisco-based editor and director. He produced his first documentary for public broadcasting in 1978 with Follow the Child about the life and work of Maria Montessori. He worked as an editor on the Academy Award-winning documentary, The Panama Deception. His numerous editing awards also include a Northern California Emmy for Chinatown. His latest work, The Story of Fathers & Sons, appeared on ABC.
Pepin served as chief archival and music researcher for The Fillmore. Pepin has worked as chief researcher and production assistant for Collectable Treasures on the House & Garden Network; chief Bay Area researcher for David Grubin's "1900" for PBS' American Experience; and historian and day manager of the Fillmore Auditorium for Bill Graham Presents.
Composer Camara Kambon was the youngest composer ever to receive a national Emmy Award (for his 1995 documentary score Sonny Liston, for HBO Sports). Among his other scoring credits are the documentaries Family Name, and Malcolm X: Make It Plain and Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio? as well as several independent features. He serves as musical director and keyboardist for recording artist Dr. Dre and was invited to the prestigious Composers Lab at the Sundance Institute.
Narrator Ossie Davis is an accomplished actor/writer/producer/director. His recent film credits include Dr. Doolittle, Get on the Bus, I'm Not Rappaport and 12 Angry Men, as well as on television in CBS's Promised Land. Davis began his career, however, on stage with the Rose McClendon Players in Harlem, and made his Broadway debut in 1946 with Jeb, followed by Anna Lucasta, The Wisteria Trees, Green Pastures, Jamaica, Ballad for Bimshire and The Zulu and the Zayda. His wife, actress Ruby Dee, has produced several television specials, including Today is Ours, Martin Luther King: The Dream and the Drum, A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers and With Ossie and Ruby.