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Welcome to Shelbyville
Directed and Produced by Kim Snyder

the filmmakers

Kim A. Snyder — Director
Kim A. Snyder, Director/Producer, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose most recent film, Welcome To Shelbyville is recipient of a Gucci-Tribeca Documentary Fund grant, a selection of the US State Department’s 2010 American Documentary Showcase, and will air on PBS’s Independent Lens in early 2011. Snyder most recently worked with the BeCause Foundation to produce a series of documentaries and inspire social activism through the power of film. The first three short films of the BeCause series (Alone No Love, One Bridge to the Next, Crossing Midnight) have won numerous festival awards and have been the catalyst for campaigns that have significantly furthered the work of the social innovators they highlight.

Kim directed and produced the feature documentary I Remember Me, which won several festival awards and was distributed theatrically in the U.S. by Zeitgeist Films. She has produced over a dozen short documentaries and written numerous articles for Variety. In 1994, Kim associate produced the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor, which became the cornerstone of The Trevor Project, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention among gay youth. Kim served on the admissions review committee for NYU’s Graduate Film Program, and has been a producer’s rep for several critically acclaimed foreign films including Crows (New Yorker Films) directed by Dorota Kedzierzawska. Kim graduated with a Masters in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Director’s Statement

Richard Kincaid – Executive Producer
Richard Kincaid was the president and chief executive officer of Equity Office Properties Trust, until its acquisition by the Blackstone Group in February of 2007. He is currently the President and Founder of the BeCause Foundation. The BeCause Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that heightens awareness about a number of complex social problems and promotes change through the power of film. Mr. Kincaid is also an active private investor in early stage companies.

Mr. Kincaid is on the board of directors of Rayonier Inc. (NYSE: RYN), an international REIT that specializes in timber and specialty fibers. He also serves on the board of directors of Vail Resorts (NYSE: MTN), a mountain resort operator, and Strategic Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: BEE), an owner of upscale and luxury hotels in North America and Europe.

Ellen Schneider – Executive Producer
Ellen Schneider works at the intersection of story and strategy. She is founder and executive director of Active Voice, a nationally recognized leader in the creative use of story-based media. Ellen was formerly the executive producer of P.O.V., PBS’s longest running independent documentary series.  She created and executive produced the pilot TV series, Right Here, Right Now,which Entertainment Weekly called “a blueprint for what reality television should be all about.” Schneider lectures widely and has served on juries ranging from the Sundance Film Festival to the RioCine Festival in Brazil.

Jeremiah Zagar – Editor
Jeremiah Zagar has directed and edited a wide range of films, videos and commercials. His recent documentary, In A Dream, screened theatrically across the US and in film festivals around the world, winning awards from SxSW, Full Frame and Biografilm festivals. It was broadcast on HBO and on TV stations internationally and is distributed by Indiepix. In A Dream has been nominated for a Cinema Eye Award and for two 2010 Emmy Awards, including Best Documentary. Other films as director include Delhi House (PBS), Coney Island 1945 (SxSW, Tribeca Film Festival) and the award-winning short films Baby Eat Baby and The Unbelievable Truth.

Greg Poschman – Director of Photography
Greg Poschman is based in Aspen, Colorado. Over 30 years he has traveled to five continents to shoot documentaries on topics as varied as threatened wildlife, refugees, pop stars, architecture and adventure. He is currently focusing on documentaries about forest health and water resource issues. Poschman traveled for many years making adventure, wildlife and cultural film television programs for National Geographic, BBC, Audubon Society, ESPN, and other networks. He has received three national Emmy awards for directing and cinematography. Greg also designs DSLR based camera systems for documentary and aerial cinematography.

Sarie Horowitz – Co-Producer
Sarie Horowitz has worked in the field of documentary film for more than a decade. She is the Director/Producer of the award-winning short The Special Music School of America and the Producer of the PBS short Orchestra 2001. She produced the feature-length documentary Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family that had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sarie is also the Producer of Fallout (in production), Supply & Demand (in production), Engine of Change (2010) and is a Co-Producer on the feature documentary Welcome to Shelbyville. She worked as a Director/Producer for HealthiNation, producing short pieces on various health topics. While working in documentary production, Sarie also served for five years as Program Director of DocuClub, an organization that facilitates filmmakers in the making of their documentaries. Sarie is currently Program Manager of The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.

Katherine Pickard – Co-Producer
Katherine Pickard started her work in the non-profit sector in Chicago, helping conceive structural growth strategies for organizations focused on social change issues. She furthered her work dealing with complex social issues at Active Voice in San Francisco, where she helped build outreach campaigns around films and other media. She now lives in New York City where she recently worked as Production Supervisor for the BeCause Foundation, created to produce a series of documentaries and adjoining campaigns to further the work of social innovators. She Associate Produced the award-winning documentary, Crossing Midnight (2009) about the health and human rights crisis in Eastern Burma and Co-Produced Welcome to Shelbyville (2010).

Gwyn Welles – Co-Producer
Gwyn Welles is a documentary film producer who recently served as Co-Producer for the award winning documentary “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love” (Shadow Distribution 2009). Other credits include Associate Producer for “Whatever It Takes” (PBS/Independent Lens 2010) and Florentine Film’s “Medal of Honor” (PBS 2008). As Director of Outreach for several documentary films, Gwyn has used her extensive non-profit background to create dynamic and successful outreach campaigns that combine international NGOs, local grassroots organizations, and compelling social-issue films to inspire real-world activism and social change. Before producing documentary films, Gwyn worked as a high school English teacher and a school administrator. Gwyn graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2001 with B.A. in American Studies.

Directed and Produced by Kim A. Snyder

Edited by Jeremiah Zagar

Director of Photography Greg Poschman

Executive Producers Richard Kincaid & Ellen Schneider

Co-Producers Sarie Horowitz, Katherine Pickard, Gwyn Welles

Co-Editors Benjamin Gray, Jeremy Stulberg


Change has come to rural Tennessee.
Set against the backdrop of a shaky economy, "Welcome to Shelbyville" takes an intimate look at a southern town as its residents - whites and African Americans, Latinos and Somalis grapple with their beliefs, their histories, and their evolving ways of life.

"Welcome to Shelbyville" is directed and produced by Kim Snyder and executive produced by BeCause Foundation in association with Active Voice.