Films About Exceptional People
Our aim is to find and illuminate the stories of exceptional people doing inspiring things that are worth sharing, filmed in the context of their lived experiences. Our subjects to date include artists, artisans, musicians, makers, and others who are changing lives.
Because projects typically require a significant commitment of time and engagement, often in the field, we schedule new projects through referrals only. We would be happy to answer any questions, and always welcome comments on our work.
Who We Are
John R. Whitman, PhD | President & Executive Producer
John R. Whitman combines extensive research, educational, and business experience with creative tools to shape effective video communications. Formerly John started and sold Oakland Group, Inc., an international software tools company; started Surveytools Corporation, a survey research company (collaborating with Camisary, see www.surveytools.com); co-founded the Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC; and taught in graduate schools at American University, Babson College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and The University of Alabama in Huntsville. John's photographs have been purchased byThe National Geographic Magazine and other publications. He is co-author of Understanding the Social Economy of the United States (University of Toronto, 2015) and Delivering Satisfaction and Service Quality (American Library Association, 2001), has published chapters in textbooks on entrepreneurship and law, including in Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship, and Social Justice (Elgar, 2015), and authored scholarly articles published in peer reviewed journals. He has a BA from Boston University, EdM from Harvard University, and PhD from the University of Toronto.
Nathan M. Bivens | Creative Director
Nathan M. Bivens is Creative Director. Prior work includes lead photographer, marketing videographer, graphic designer, and independent producer through nathanbivens.com. He has directed and produced over 80 videos and films. He was a Director & Editor for multiple advertising videos for Lee University Relations. Nathan was part of a team that received the ADDY award in the world's largest advertising competition. Nathan has a BS degree in Telecommunications, magna cum laude, from Lee University.
Jonathan D. Wade | Associate Videographer
Jonathan D. Wade has experience working in cinematography, directing, editing, and management. Prior work includes Auburn University Men’s Basketball team student manager and volunteer/practicum student at War Eagle Productions. He has worked on events such as Auburn University’s national football broadcasts of National Signing Day and A-Day on SECNetwork, AUHD, and ESPNU. He has also produced a couple of short films through Almost Home Productions. He earned his BS degree in Media Studies with a minor in Business from Auburn University. He is also certified in Avid Media Composer.