Linda Corley is a seven-time Emmy award winning producer and writer who is well known for her storytelling in long form documentary. She started her career at the BBC and moved to PBS for over two decades where she worked on a variety of national series and documentaries including The Nightly Business Report, Decor, Vizcaya, The Sisterhood, West Encounters East and Fragility of Tradition. Linda and Joel's production company, Daydream Productions most recently produced a documentary called, Parkland, Healing a Community and a Nation The film, which is airing on public television around the country, ran at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, The Ojai Film Festival and won the Women's Filmmaker Award at IndieFest in 2019. Most recently the two teamed up once again for their new documentary about the rescue effort and rebuilding of The Bahamas which suffered through one of the most disastrous storms in history, Hurricane Dorian. Linda is also the published author of The Kennedy Family Album. https://daydreamproductionhouse.com/about/linda-corley/
Director of Photography
Joel Kaplan is the ultimate storyteller with his camera. His images, interviews, and intuition are all creative tools he engages to deliver a product that goes far beyond the ordinary. He believes it is the human element that communicates the heart and soul of every narrative. Joel shines as a director of photography on many national documentaries for PBS, including West Encounters East, Fragility of Tradition, the New American Crucible and most recently, Parkland, Healing a Community and a Nation. His work ventures beyond public television to include clients such as National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, HGTV, Hallmark Channel, VH-1, MTV, ABC sports, CNBC, TNN and the Travel Channel. Joel, co-owner of Daydream Productions, is the recipient of ten Emmy Awards and was recently awarded the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle Award.
Amita, the creator of “A Sacred Piece of Home” spent many years in various roles at the Sackler and Freer Galleries of Asian Art at the Smithsonian which were a sort of “sacred space” for her, a shrine to the memory of India, her lost homeland. She researched and published Indian tribal bronzes and jewelry in their collections and coordinated an exhibition on Hindu imagery. After lecturing on tours to India and coordinating lecture series and symposia on India for the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, she went on to teaching Indian art and architecture at the University of Maryland. She also created and taught a course titled “Sacred Architecture East and West: Churches, Temples, Stupas and Mosques” at the University of Maryland. She fervently believes that cross-cultural education on religions and traditions is essential to prepare for today’s world and that film is the most effective didactic medium.
Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA, studied architecture at The Catholic University of America and is currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Hartford. He is editor of Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art, and Architecture. Dr. Crosbie is the sole author, editor, or contributor to more than 70 books on architecture (including six on religious architecture). The author of hundreds of articles on architecture, design, and practice, he lectures throughout the US and abroad. He is the recipient of the Edward S. Frey Memorial Award, “in Recognition of the Contributions Made to Religion, Art, and Architecture,” bestowed by the American Institute of Architects. Dr. Crosbie served as the Walton Visiting Critic at The Catholic University of America in 2015.
JoAnne Allen is Senior Professorial Lecturer of Art History at American University where she teaches courses on Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. She also teaches specialized courses on the architecture of Washington D.C., and approaches to art in the three Abrahamic faiths.
She earned her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Warwick in the UK, and she has conducted extensive archival work in Italy. Dr. Allen's research focuses on reconstructing the original experience of church buildings in the Italian Renaissance and analyzes how these spaces were used, manipulated and altered