JACK BALLO, Producer / Director
Jack Ballo launched his production company, Ultravision, in 1985 where he worked on hundreds of projects behind the camera, editing, producing and writing. Over the last 8 years, Ballo has been making humanitarian films and documentaries that bring awareness to social issues. His first documentary, Wrong Turn, was filmed in the Dominican Republic (2008). In 2010, Ballo went back to the Dominican Republic and made an award-winning short film called Elio. In his next documentary, Before You Leave (2012), singer songwriter, Mary Gauthier, searches for the truth about her adoption after realizing that her deepest wounds stem from abandonment. Before You Leave won Best Short Documentary at its premiere. Destiny’s Bridge is his latest feature film which will be released in 2016. The film is a documentary about a homeless minister who leads a community living in the woods while facing eviction. Ballo has also completed his first screenplay. The Doo Dah Man (2015) Flatiron Pictures, was made into an award-winning independent feature film. The movie is about a young hitchhiker who is picked up in a stolen car by a con artist who had just escaped from a prison in Texas.
BILL JERSEY, Executive Producer
Bill Jersey has been producing documentaries for broadcast television for over fifty years. In the early 60's he established his reputation as one of the pioneers of the cinema-verité movement. Since then he has produced documentaries for all of the major networks and in association with PBS, WNET New York, KCET Los Angeles, WGBH Boston, and others. His most recent film - Co-Produced with Jason Cohn EAMES: The Architect and the Painter, garnered Jersey his second Peabody award. Jersey's body of work includes two Academy Award nominees: A Time for Burning, on race relations in America, and Superchief, on the life and legacy Chief Justice Earl Warren. Other award winning productions include The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow series (George Foster Peabody Award), Children of Violence (Emmy), Renaissance (Emmy nomination), Faces of the Enemy (Emmy nomination), Loyalty and Betrayal (Emmy), Hunting the Hidden Dimension (Pierre Gilles deGennes Award) and The Making of Amadeus.