In 2010, Atlanta-based filmmaker and screenwriter Michael H. Harper started his production company, Mad Mouth Media, to produce and direct his original short script Take Me Out. The psychological thriller enjoyed a two-year festival run, winning several awards, including Best Director at the 2011 Atlanta Horror Film Festival.
2012 saw Michael make the move to feature films, working as 2nd Assistant Director for the Savannah portion of the India/U.S. co-production Desires Of The Heart, and 1st ADing and producing the horror feature The Morningside Monster with Blue Dusk Productions.
In February of 2013, Michael created Cogitate Productions with his business partner Lee Walker. Cogitate’s first feature, the documentary 3-Minute Activists: The Soul of Slam, will enjoy a special FREE screening at the Aurora Cinemas in Roswell on February 12th at 7:30 pm, as part of the city’s 13th Annual Roswell Roots Festival.
Erin Levin is a Peabody and Emmy award-winning humanitarian journalist and filmmaker. She first fell deeply in love with Africa and its people on her assignment to Madagascar with the Peace Corps. Her production and outreach experience includes ABC, CNN and with non-profits around the world.
The summer before her Peace Corps assignment, Erin served as outreach coordinator for Dispatch, the top-selling indie rock band. It was then that she met the African Children’s Choir for the first time and the dream of Imba Means Sing was planted.
At CNN, Erin worked closely on the 2008 election coverage, found a niche in covering Africa, musical activism and the changing face of homelessness. She became an abolitionist through her coverage of human trafficking. Erin also worked as the Filmmaker & Community Manager at Better World Books, an online social enterprise bookstore, galvanizing brand ambassadors, and representing the company at events like TED. During her time with Better World Books, she learned more about the global education crisis, further motivating her to produce Imba Means Sing, in order to bring awareness to the issue.
For the three years it will take to create Imba Means Sing, Erin is devoting her time to fundraising, marketing and producing the film. She also continues her activism through regular columns for Huffington Post, Paste and Rejuvenate magazines.
Erin is a proud wahoo from the University of Virginia and honored to be an Atlanta native. She loves: making new friends, adventuresome travel, live music and yoga.
A young up-and-coming member of the Atlanta sound community, Dana helped to tell the story of Imba Means Sing and Slammin’ in the Suburbs through sound.