Justin Nathanson (Director/Editor) is a independent film director and editor, and Executive Director of ChasDOC, a non-profit organization he founded to create documentary films based on local stories. ChasDOC organized the 2006 Charleston Documentary Film Festival, an event to showcase the best environmental and human rights films. “Bin Yah: There’s No Place Like Home” is the first feature-length project of ChasDOC.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Nathanson’s first directorial effort was “BURN,” an independent feature film completed at 19 years old while at New York’s School of Visual Arts. While still in film school, Nathanson was asked to produce Greg Paine’s “Baby Shakes and the Return of Mac Daddy,” a comedy about a failed writer/bike messenger in over his head.
For 15 years, Nathanson has produced, directed and edited commercials, films, and television shows in Los Angeles, Miami and New York for clients such as Lamborghini, Macy’s, Estee Lauder, Gatorade, and Jeep/Wrangler. His work has been seen on television shows such as “The Howard Stern Show,” Comedy Central’s “Beat the Geeks,” and Fox Sports “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.” He also worked on the feature documentaries “Blue Vinyl”, “Everything’s Cool”, and “Hood Dawgs”.
In addition to ChasDOC and running The Cut Company, a full service film and TV production company, Nathanson and partners are launching a new commercial advertising company late 2008.
Nancy Cregg (Producer) is the Membership Director for the Coastal Conservation League, an environmental advocacy nonprofit. Prior to joining the League, Nancy served as the Director of Patron Programs for the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, and as Assistant Director of Development for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She served as Board President of the Bristol, TN-VA YWCA for six years, leading the first sliding-scale childcare facility for working families.
Cara White (Producer) has been involved in the publicity campaigns for over 200 films, working with directors ranging from Tim Burton to Bob Zemeckis, from Richard Linklater to Steven Soderbergh, from Gus Van Sant to Victor Nunez. She served as Vice President of Publicity at Tri-Star Pictures and was a principal of Clein + White, a bi-coastal publicity firm specializing in independent feature films.
White is now partnered with Mary Lugo in CaraMar, Inc. a publicity firm that works with both film and television clients. Current television clients include PBS, the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), the Center for Asian American Media, and Litton Entertainment, a television syndication company.
Ron Daise (Narrator, Composer/Performer – Original “Bin Yah” Title Track)
RON DAISE is a writer, actor, educator, historian, and TV performer. His productions about Gullah heritage began after the publication of his first book, Reminiscences of Sea Island Heritage, in 1986. The book chronicles oral histories of elderly community members in Daise’s Gullah homeland of St. Helena Island, SC. He has presented stories, music, history and lectures at museums, theaters, conferences and educational institutions across the country.
From 1994-1998, RON and his wife NATALIE starred in Nick Jr. TV’s award-winning “Gullah Gullah Island,” for which they also served as cultural consultants. The show was cited by TV Guide as one of the “10 best children’s shows” in 1996. During its production it was viewed daily by over 3 million children and their families in the United States and was broadcast in 15 countries around the world.
The husband-and-wife team have been featured performers at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; the First National Book Festival, hosted by First Lady Laura Bush and held on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol; and the Smithsonian Institution.
RON participated in the 2004 “Teaching & Learning in Ghana Program” through a Fulbright-Hays U.S. Department of Education grant. He is a recipient of the S.C. African American Heritage Commission’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, the 1996 South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, and the 1997 State of South Carolina Folk Heritage Award, given for lifetime achievement and excellence in folk art that has enriched the lives of the people in their community and state. He is Vice President for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC and a Commissioner on the federal Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.
He resides in Beaufort, SC, with his wife and two children.