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CINDY L. ABEL
Director | Producer | Writer
Director and Producer Cindy L. Abel formed Atlantis Moon Productions in 2007 to develop film-related projects that launch conversations and impact popular culture.
Her first full-length documentary, the award-winning BREAKING THROUGH, was conceived in response to the high number of teens who were taunted because of being gay or perceived to be and committing suicide. Having struggled with coming out, Abel knew the importance of having positive role models and wanted to highlight openly LGBT leaders living authentic and fulfilled lives.
In addition to BREAKING THROUGH, she directed shorts DISTURB THE UNIVERSE and BACK TO SALEM. Abel also combines her experience in managing multi-million dollar, award-winning communications projects with filmmaking to create videos and webisodes for corporate and public affairs clients. She blogs for Huffington Post, previously served as Co-Chair of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Vice-Chair of Atlanta Film Festival and Vice President of Communications of Women in Film & Television Atlanta.
Director of Photography | Editor
Director of Photography and Editor Michael Bruno delivers visually compelling footage and skillfully weaves traditional editing techniques with cutting edge motion graphics.
Driven by a desire to show the truth about LGBT people and the struggle for full civil rights, he applies the art of filmmaking to his commitment to equality and partnered with Cindy L. Abel on the award-winning documentary BREAKING THROUGH.
Bruno began his career filming musicians, which lead to the role as Director of Photography for an independent zombie musical. With diverse skills in both the production and post-production process he later worked extensively with Georgia Public Broadcasting, including roles as a Lead Editor, Assistant Director, and Cameraman for several programs. He was Director of Photography for the Emmy-nominated documentary, THE PLAZA, and was the Editor and VFX artist for the award-winning Sci-Fi webseries, 31. In addition to filmmaking, he applies these skills to his work with Atlantis Moon Productions, creating videos and webisodes for corporate and public affairs clients.
JESSE STEPHEN FREEMAN
Writer Jesse Stephen Freeman is an Emmy-nominated freelance writer and video producer who
holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, where he was the winner of the 2012 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction.
In 2010 he was nominated for an Emmy for SOMEBODY ELSE, SOMEWHERE ELSE: THE RAYMOND ANDREWS STORY, a documentary film he wrote and directed. He also co-wrote the award-winning documentary BREAKING THROUGH.
From 2002-2010, Freeman appeared on various Georgia Public Broadcasting programs, including Lawmakers and Prep Sports Plus. He also hosted Cover to Cover, a literary talk show on GPB Radio, and has written features and book reviews for Lake Oconee Living magazine.
COL. PATSY THOMPSON
& BARBARA BRASS
Why, at this point in our lives, would we agree to be the focus of a film?
In November 2013, we shared our story publicly for the first time - and did so to a packed theatre. We received a standing ovation and were overwhelmed with people thanking us for speaking up.
After so many years of silence, we know that being out is the only way to make positive and lasting change in perceptions and in acceptance of LGBT people. No one should be relegated to the closet for being who they are. No one should have to make the same choices we had to, to protect their lives, their jobs and their families.
We hope that sharing some of the challenges we faced over the years will help move full equality forward.
By helping make SURVIVING THE SILENCE: LOVE AND IMPOSSIBLE CHOICES you too can be a part of shifting perceptions and creating change.