The Emmy award-winning, Oscar-nominated FREE FOR ALL team has helped create many seminal documentaries about American history and contemporary social issues.


(l to r) Ray Day and Vicente Franco on location at the SFPL.


Executive Producer

Stanley Nelson is an Emmy-winning MacArthur "genius" and one of the premier documentary filmmakers working today, with five films in competition at Sundance in ten years and multiple industry awards to his credit. His recent films include The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Riders, winner of three primetime Emmys in 2011, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards and won the International Documentary Association Award for its use of archival footage; A Place of Our Own, a semi-autobiographical look at the African American middle class; The Murder of Emmett Till; Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind; The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords and more. Nelson was Executive Producer on Dawn Logsdon's Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. Currently Nelson is co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Media, a non-profit that provides technical education and professional support to emerging documentarians.


Dawn Logsdon's career has been dedicated to making films about civic issues and city life, particularly at the neighborhood level. She directed and produced Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008) which premiered nationally at the Tribeca International Film Festival. It went on to win the SFIFF Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary and was a PBS Black History Month feature presentation three years in a row. Dawn co-directed and edited Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (2013) and Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velvet (2008). Dawn edited the Sundance Award-winning Paragraph 175 by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Freidman, Academy Award-nominated Weather Underground by Sam Green, Emmy award-winning Have You Heard from Johannesburg? by Connie Field, and the Peabody award-winning The Castro. Short films that she produced and directed include Tomboy, which was exhibited at the Whitney Museum and aired on PBS. Dawn received a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley. Her honors include a Soros OSI Media Fellowship, California Arts Council Artist Residency, BAVC Media Maker Award, Djerassi Artist Residency, Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center Artist Fellowship, and the New Orleans Arts Council Award.

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Lucie Faulknor produced and researched Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans and has worked with award-winning directors Dorothy Fadiman and Lynn Hershman-Leeson in the areas of fundraising, publicity, outreach and community engagement. Faulknor has also produced Dublin Ireland's first Women in Film & Television film festival and presented a lecture series that included Laurie Anderson, Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter, Sydney Pollack and others. She has worked for a number of arts organizations including City Arts & Lectures, SFJAZZ, Palace of Fine Arts Theater, the Irish Arts Foundation, Stern Grove Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, Dublin (IRL) Fringe Festival and for a number individual performing and visual artists including Jim Campilongo, Storm Large, Tracy Snelling and Kevin Woodson. She has a Master's degree in Nonprofit Administration from USF's School of Business & Professional Studies and a B.A. in Arts Management from SFSU. Lucie is a fourth generation San Francisco Public Library user.

Director Of Photography

Vicente Franco was a 2003 Oscar Best Documentary nominee and Emmy nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Daughter From Danang. That film won the Sundance Film Festival 2002 Grand Jury Prize. Other cinematography credits include the Academy Award-nominated films The Most Dangerous Man In America and Freedom On My Mind. He shot American Experience's Orozco: Man Of Fire, POV specials Discovering Dominga and Thirst, He also shot Botany Of Desire, The Judge And The General, and The Fight In The Fields: Cesar Chavez And The Farmer Workers' Struggle.

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Veronica Selver edited the Academy Award-nominated Berkeley In The Sixties, Brother Outsider: Bayard Rustin, and Blacks And Jews. Other credits include On Company Business, a three-part series on the history of the CIA; Absolutely Positive, about people living with HIV; and Coming Out Under Fire, on gays and lesbians in the military during World War II. Selver directed KPFA On The Air, and co-directed the Columbia Dupont Excellence in Broadcast Journalism winner Word Is Out, the first feature documentary on growing up gay in the United States.

2nd Camera & Mandarin Interviewer/ Editor

Leo Chiang immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager and received a MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. His films include Mr. Cao Goes to Washington, A Village Called Versailles, and To You Sweetheart, Aloha. Chiang also collaborates with other documentarians as an editor (True-Hearted Vixen, POV '01; Recalling Orange County, PBS/VOCES '06) and as a cameraman (It's STILL Elementary, '09; Ask Not, Independent Lens '09). Chiang is a member of New Day Films, the social-issue documentary distribution co-op.

Consulting Producer

Janet Cole has been working in the field of feature documentary production and distribution for 30 years. She received a George Foster Peabody Award and Emmy & Academy Award nominations as Producer & Executive Producer of Regret to Inform, the acclaimed film about widows of the Vietnam War. She also produced Peter Adair's Absolutely Positive (POV/PBS, BBC, Sundance) and was a producer of Paragraph 175 for HBO and Channel Four in the UK. Cole's other Executive Producer credits include: Promises (two Emmy Awards, Oscar nomination); Heart of the Sea (PBS); Granny D Goes To Washington (PBS) and Freedom Machines (POV/PBS). Most recently she produced the 30th Anniversary DVD of Word is Out, a landmark theatrical film about gay and lesbian identity released in 1978.

Associate Producer

Ellie McCutcheon joined the Free for All team after spending several years working for nonprofits and freelancing as a writer and multimedia producer. Her photos, videos, and writing have been featured in Wired, KQED, the San Francisco Chronicle, Hoodline, the SF Examiner, The Mirror, and more. Ellie's former mentors have included National Geographic Explorer Losang Rabgey and Emmy-award winning journalist Frank Sesno, and, most interested in documentary filmmaking, she is currently pursuing a Video Production certificate with the Bay Area Video Coalition.

New Media Advisor

Jen Gilomen is a freelance media producer and consultant with an emphasis in documentary, web, and interactive projects. Prior to going freelance, Jen was a supervising producer for documentaries for public television at the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and prior to that, Jen was Director of Independent Media at the Bay Area Video Coalition, where she developed and implemented program strategies, community partnerships, and large contracts. Jen is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a Member-Owner of the co-operative distribution company New Day Films, where she was recently Vice Chair of the web team and oversaw the creation of a new site for the company. Jen's most recent film, "Life on the Line,"​ was broadcast nationally on PBS; "Deep Down"​ (2010), was funded by ITVS, screened on the PBS series "Independent Lens,"​ and participated in the U.S. State Department's American Documentary Showcase. The project included an immersive virtual reality game and was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for its innovative cross-platform storytelling approach.

Consulting Archivist

Kenn Rabin is known around the U.S. and in the English-speaking world for his audio-visual research and archival coordination of such projects as WGBH's landmark series, Vietnam: A Television History, which involved over 90 archives from a dozen countries and for his Emmy-nominated work on the series Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, considered by many to be the best historical series presented on PBS. Other film research includes 500 Nations, Kevin Costner's saga of Native American tribes done for CBS, Marlon T. Riggs' Color Adjustment, and a wide variety of documentaries, television shows, and feature films.

Historical Research Director

Wayne A. Wiegand, Ph.D, is often referred to as "the Dean of American library historians." Wiegand is an author of many books including Main Street Public Library, Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey, The Encyclopedia of Library History, and the upcoming A Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library. He is the F. William Summers Professor of Library & Information Studies Emeritus at Florida State and President of the Friends of FSU Libraries.

Outreach / Engagement Coordinator

Sonya Childress is the Community Engagement Specialist at Firelight Media. In this role she implements national campaigns for Firelight Films, including the recent Freedom Riders, and she provides outreach support for Producers Lab projects. Sonya has helped organizations, philanthropists and filmmakers use film as a tool to further racial and social justice for over a decade. Past campaigns include Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, The Masculinity Project, Favela Rising (International), The New Americans, and The Interrupters. She has previously served as the Promotions Director for California Newsreel's African American Perspectives Collection and as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Active Voice.

Legal Advisor

Dominique Bravo, J.D. is an attorney with nearly 20 years of experience representing artists, labor unions, and other individuals and organizations in a wide range of legal issues. She specializes in employment and entertainment law, and provides general management counsel to a number of arts and non-profit organizations. She currently serves as special counsel to AFTRA in matters concerning sound recording artists, and has a private practice representing individuals and organizations in the arts and entertainment fields.

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Project Advisors and Scholars

Nicholas Basbanes, Ph.D is well known for writing about books, bibliophiles, and various aspects of book culture. He has worked as an award-winning investigative reporter, a literary editor, a lecturer, and a nationally syndicated columnist. His books include A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and The Eternal Passion for Books and Patience & Fortitude: A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places, and Book Culture.

Matthew Battles, Ph.D is a Principal and Senior Researcher at metaLAB, a research and teaching unit at Harvard University dedicated to exploring and expanding the frontiers of networked culture in the arts and humanities. HE has published extensively on the history and changing roles of libraries in culture, including Library: An Unquiet History. In addition, he wrote the official history of Harvard’s Widener library, and is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to the Book.

Chris Carlsson is a writer, book designer, type-setter, publisher, editor, community organizer and Executive Director of the multimedia history project Shaping San Francisco ( He was one of the founders of the groundbreaking San Francisco magazine Processed World and a founder of CounterPULSE, a San Francisco-based arts organization, where he has been producing a series of public talks since January 2006.

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John Y. Cole, Ph.D is a librarian and historian and has served the Library of Congress since 1966. He is the founding director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the author coordinator of the U.S. National Book Festival since its creation in 2001. A tireless promoter of books, reading, and libraries, Cole has published extensively about the history of books, libraries in society and the history of the Library of Congress.

Robert Dawson is an award-winning photographer and teaches photography at Stanford University. His recent exhibition at the SFPL Main Library, Public Library: An American Commons was a photographic survey of public libraries throughout the United States. Dawson began the project in 1994 and has photographed hundreds of libraries from Alaska to Florida and from New England to California.

Susan Goldstein has served as the City Archivist of San Francisco for 17 years, documenting the city's history at the San Francisco History Center at the San Francisco Public Library. Previously, Goldstein worked collecting labor union history at the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University, and she worked as the Archivist to Senator Alan Cranston. She is a co-author of Aged in Oak: the Story of the Santa Barbara County Wine Industry, as well as articles and conference papers on digital archives, congressional archives, and community history.

Jewelle Gomez is a poet, novelist, playwright and political activist. She is the current President of the San Francisco Library Commission and former Executive Director of the Poetry Center and the American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University. She has also worked in philanthropy for many years, as a former director of the Literature program at the New York State Council on the Arts and the director of Cultural Equity Grants for the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is the former director of Grants and Community Initiatives for the Horizons Foundation.

Christine Pawley, Ph.D is Professor and Director of the School of Library and Information Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America. Select publications include: Reading Places: Literacy, Democracy, and the Public Library in Cold War America, Blood and Thunder on the Bookmobile: American Public Libraries and The Construction of 'the Reader.

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Nancy Pearl is a regular commentator about books on NPR’s Morning Editionand writes a monthly column about books and libraries for Publishers Weekly. In 1998, she developed the program If All of Seattle Read the Same Book which spread across the country (in San Francisco known as One City, One Book). The former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book, Pearl has written a series of recommended reading books, including the best-selling Book Lust and More Book Lust.

Robert D. Putnam, Ph.D is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard. Professor Putnam is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy, the past president of the American Political Science Association, and has served as Dean of the Kennedy School of Government. He has written fourteen books, including the best-selling Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Communityand more recently Better Together: Restoring the American Community, a study of promising new forms of social connectedness, including a study of the Chicago Public Library.

Larry Nix considers himself a library history buff. He has an extensive collection of library memorabilia and maintains his own blog, which he appropriately calls The Library History Buff. Since he retired as Director of Public Library Development at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Nix has spent much of his retirement promoting library history especially Wisconsin's library history. He is Chair of the Steering Committee for the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center, a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation. His exhibits of postal artifacts related to library history have received awards at state and national stamp shows.

Janice Radway, Ph.D is the Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication Studies and a professor of American studies and gender studies at Northwestern University. Radway is widely known for her scholarship on readers, reading, books, and the history of middlebrow culture. She is the author of Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Literature and A Feeling for Books: The Book- of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle Class Desire.

Abigail Van Slyck, Ph.D is Associate Dean of Faculty and the Dayton Professor of Art History at Connecticut College, where she directs the Architectural Studies program. An expert on the history of Carnegie libraries, Van Slyck has a long-standing interest in the history of public libraries as projects around which Americans debated the relationship between culture and class, as some of the first workspaces for middle-class women, and as some of the first public buildings to devote substantial space to children's use. Her publications include Free to All: Carnegie Libraries and American Culture, 1890-1920.

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Wayne A. Wiegand, Ph.D, is often referred to as, “the Dean of American library historians.” Wiegand is an author of many books including Main Street Public Library, Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey, The Encyclopedia of Library History, and the upcoming A Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library. He is the F. William Summers Professor of Library & Information Studies Emeritus at Florida State and President of the Friends of FSU Libraries.

Ethelene Whitmire, Ph.D is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin's School of Library & Information Studies. She has lectured and written extensively on Regina Anderson Andrews, the first African American to head her own branch of the New York Public Library and an active participant in the Harlem Renaissance. Whitmire’s publications include Breaking the Color Barrier: Regina Andrews and the New York Public Library and African American Undergraduates and The Academic Library. Works in progress include a book and documentary film on the life of Regina Andrews and the Harlem Renaissance and a biography of poet Audre Lorde.

Peter Booth Wiley wrote A Free Library in This City: An Illustrated History of the San Francisco Public Library which was the first book to be checked out of the new SF Main when it opened on April 18, 1996. Wiley is a former president and currently a board member of the San Francisco Bay Area Book Festival as well as a board member for the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, and the University of California Press.

Judy Yung, Ph.D is professor emerita in American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the author of many books including Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco. Prior to entering academia, Yung worked as librarian for the Chinatown branch of the San Francisco Public Library and the Asian Community Library in Oakland where she helped to develop Asian language and Asian American interest collections. She has also served on the San Francisco Library Commission and on the Board of Directors of the Chinese Culture Center and Chinese Historical Society of America.

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