THE CREATIVE TEAM
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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.

 
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MICHAEL BRUNO
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.

 
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JESSE STEPHEN FREEMAN
Writer 

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. 

 
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MARC SMOLOWITZ
Consulting Producer 

Marc is a multi-award winning director, producer and executive producer with 25+ years of experience across all aspects of the entertainment and media business. His career focus has been on powerful social issue filmmaking across all genres. His long list of credits includes films that have screened at top-tier festivals—Sundance, Berlinale, AFI Docs, IDFA, Tokyo, Melbourne, among others—and been released worldwide. Select titles include: “The Nine” (Producer 2016), “The Watermelon Woman” (Restoration Producer 2016), “Desert Migration” (Producer 2015), “Keep the Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS,” narrated by Margaret Cho (Co-Director/ Co-Producer) and the Academy-Award nominated “The Weather Underground” (Producer 2003).

 
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