Crew

Producer /Director/Editor 
LESLIE CUNNINGHAMA graduate of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University with a Certificate in the Documentary Arts, Leslie’s collection of engaging documentary film and videos have screened on public television, online and at film festivals in the U.S. and internationally. Leslie has produced a number of popular shows for the local public television station The People’s Channel, in Chapel Hill, NC. Her show, TRIBES TV, covered arts and community events in the Triangle area of North Carolina, including- the first annual Triangle Black Pride Festival, Stand Up Speak Out– combating domestic violence with spoken word- in 2008. Leslie’s first feature-length documentary film was M.I., A Different Kind of Girl, which debuted at the Hayti Heritage Film Festival in March 2012, followed by a three-city Pride Festival tour through Philadelphia, St. Louis, and ending in Raleigh at the Triangle Black Pride Festival. M.I. was also chosen for The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Atlanta’s Out On Film in 2012, Gender Reel Film Festival (2014) and Massimadi, the LGBT Film Festival of Africa and its Diasporas in 2016.

Leslie is currently making JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana, a film about her family’s stage show which documents the legacy of her grandfather, Leon Claxton, one of the twentieth century’s most successful traveling show producers. Sponsored by the Southern Documentary Fund, JIG SHOW received research and development funds from ITVS’ Diversity Development Funding in 2014, was selected for the Cucalorus Filmmaker WIP Residency Program and participated in the Sundance Institute New Frontier Program in 2016. She is a member of Film Fatales, an inclusive community of women feature film and television directors and is committed to mentoring emerging young filmmakers. 

Director of Photography

ALEX GAZIO 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. 

CREW
  • DERRICK BRYANT (Illustrator) 
  • TAYLOR CUNNINGHAM (production assistant)
  • ALANA JONES (Associate Producer)
  • TOM SCHLESINGER (Story Consultant)
  • GORDON TITTSWORTH (Music Composer)
  • TRAILBLAZER STUDIOS (Post Production) 
Advisors & Mentors: 
  • JOHN CUNNINGHAM 
  • YVONNE WELBON (2013 ITVS Producing Mentor/Filmmaker)