Filmmakers



LESLIE CUNNINGHAM (Producer/ Director) Leslie Cunningham is an artist, filmmaker and multimedia producer. A graduate of the Center or Documentary Studies at Duke University, Leslie’s collection of engaging film and videos have screened on public television and at film festivals in the U.S. and internationally. Feeding her hunger for producing daring and entertaining narratives that represent diverse subjects and communities, Leslie’s debut feature documentary film, M.I., A Different Kind of Girl (2012), was chosen for Massimadi, the LGBT Film Festival of Africa and its Diasporas (2016), Gender Reel Film Festival (2014), The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2012), Atlanta’s Out On Film (2012) and has paved the way for more projects that would educate, entertain and feature provocative subjects and subject matter.  

ALEX GAZIO (Director of Photography) has more than 17 years of experience in television production and nearly a decade of HD shooting experience. He has traveled the world capturing impressive footage for corporate and broadcast clients and his documentary experience allows Alex to treat projects with an unsurpassed attention to detail. He’s won 13 Emmy Awards and several regional awards and has traveled the world shooting video for the syndicated program “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures.” Director of Photography for the PBS documentary “Untamed Legacy,” Alex’s soulful depictions of horse, human and heart were breathtaking and earned him the Emmy for Best Photography. 

  • DERRICK BRYANT (Illustrator) 
  • PATRICIA CORBETT (Writer, R&D) 
  • ALANA JONES (Associate Producer, R&D)
  • TOM SCHLESINGER (Story Consultant)
  • GORDON TITTSWORTH (Composer)
  • TRAILBLAZER STUDIOS (Post Production) 
Advisors & Mentors: 
  • JOHN CUNNINGHAM (Author/ Musician/ Son of Leon Claxton)  
  • BYRON HURT (Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker)
  • YVONNE WELBON (2013 ITVS Producing Mentor/Filmmaker)