James T. Sale
Agora Productions (www.agoraproductions.org
) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote humane values, enhance critical thinking skills and expose people, particularly young adults, to positive role models through film, art and educational materials.
Taylor is a primetime Emmy Award-winning filmmaker
with more than twenty years of experience in documentaries. His most recent independent film, THE
POWER OF THE POWERLESS (2009), narrated by Jeremy Irons, documents the dissident struggle,
which led to 1989’s Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. Through Taylor’s direct efforts, and in
conjunction with several human rights organizations, the film was smuggled into various Arab-Spring
countries, as well as Burma and Cuba, and shown to democracy advocates in underground screenings.
POWERLESS was also broadcast in thirty countries and screened at twenty-four film festivals where it
won multiple awards. Taylor’s short film ANOTHER WAY OF SEEING THINGS (2004), examines
the subject of accurate reporting and tolerance in the media and won awards at the Columbus and
Tiburon Film Festivals. In 2002, his award-winning film, A QUIET REVOLUTION, narrated by
Meryl Streep and featuring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, portrayed the successful
efforts of ordinary citizens combating deforestation, draught and environmental poisoning in Africa,
Europe and Asia. Screened in fifty countries, A QUIET REVOLUTION was also translated into
multiple languages, and brought to remote villages on mobile movie screens. Taylor’s television work
has been featured on PBS, the History Channel, Nat Geo, and the Discovery Channel. He received his
BA from UCLA in Theater, Film and Television.
Nellis, Agora’s executive producer and business
manager, has twenty five years of experience working in business and nonprofit management in the
U.S. and Africa. Nellis produced THE POWER OF THE POWERLESS (2009) and also spearheaded
the development of an associated curriculum for high school and college students, which is currently
being utilized by many universities around the world, including Stanford, Harvard and Duke. His
experience as a former Community Development Agent in Mauritania for the U.S. Peace Corps nurtured
his appreciation for globalism, a sensitivity he brings to all the projects he produces for Agora. Nellis’
private sector positions have included Managing Director for the Eurasian distribution company Power
Quality Holdings and Director of Marketing and Sales for Nanotech Industries and Hybrid Coating
Technologies. Non-profit and public posts have included Community Development Officer at The
United Way, Loyola Marymount Peace Corps Fellows and Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator for the
American Oceans Campaign. Nellis received his BA from UCLA in International Relations and an
MBA from Loyola Marymount University.
Corbin's first independent documentary, 13 FAMILIES: LIFE AFTER
COLUMBINE (2010), was a personal look at the emotional road from loss and grief to healing, hope
and inspiration for the thirteen families whose children were murdered at Columbine. Inspired in part
by Corbin's passion for children and the eradication of teen violence, the film enjoyed a long theatrical
run in Colorado and was screened at multiple film festivals. After a decade of producing news for NBC,
CBS, and ABC, Corbin went on to work in new media for Sony and Columbia Tri-Star Television
division, where she developed interactive programming. With a commitment to journalistic integrity
acquired through her years producing network news, Corbin currently produces television content,
both long-form documentary and other non-scripted programming, for multiple networks, including
Discovery, MSBNC, TLC, History Channel and A&E. She graduated with degrees in Broadcast
Journalism and Political Science.
James T. Sale
James T. Sale is an accomplished composer and
orchestrator for Film and TV with 19 years of experience
including scores for "The Haunting of Molly Hartley"
and "Music Within." He also orchestrates and conducts
music for Mark Mothersbaugh (Cloudy with a Chance of
Meatballs 1 & 2, Hotel Transylvania, Last Vegas) and for
numerous award-winning video games.
Recipient of a Primetime Emmy, a National Emmy, the American Association for the Advancement of Science ‘Westinghouse’ Award for Science Programming, three Columbus and three Golden Eagles for Best Documentaries. He has worked for over 30 years supervising, producing, writing and directing documentaries, reality, investigative and educational programs and has 18 feature film credits as Director of Photography.
Alexandra Ryan is two-time Emmy nominated producer who had been producing with Sopranos actor James Gandolfini until untimely passing in June. In 2012, HEMINGWAY AND GELLHORN (starring Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and earned a total of fifteen Emmy nominations. It was HBO's most nominated show of 2012 and earned Golden Globe nominations as well as SAG, DGA and WGA.
Together James and Alex also produced HBO's ALIVE DAY MEMORIES: Home from Iraq, which garnered several awards including an Emmy nomination and the very first TV Academy's Television with a Conscience honor. In a follow up to ALIVE DAY, WARTORN 1861-2010 (earned another Academy Television with a Conscience Honor) examined the emotional cost of war and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Alex is currently developing a bio-pic comedy for HBO Films and Steve Carell’s Carousel Productions.