"This film should be mandatory in school curriculums everywhere." ~ Richard Roundtree
Arden is currently finishing the production phase of her feature documentary film, Leveling Lincoln set to be released in 2023 Arden was raised in New Rochelle and went from Kinder all the way through High School never knowing a Lincoln School ever existed. Her feature script, Gravel Road, was a 2019 finalist at Manhattan Film Fest, Big Apple Film Fest and the Lady Filmmakers Festival in Beverly Hills and a Semi-finalist at the 2022 Ojai Film Fest among others. She recently directed The Night Forlorn, or Waitin’ on Godsford, which won Best Production of a Play at the 2018 Valley Theatre Awards. Originally from New York, Arden has acted OFF Broadway at Primary Stages, The Bouerie Lane Theatre, Soho Playhouse, at the Paper Mill Playhouse and the La Mirada Civic Theatre. Her short films, Monday's Child and Trellis & Vine have earned Laurels from London to Long Beach. She received the Lilian Nesburn Award from the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild for her play, Grandma Good and was a semi-finalist for the Jane Chambers Award with her play, Baby Dreams. Baby Dreams starred Veanne Cox and was published in Theatre Communications Guild Magazine. Her play, Little Rhonda, was produced at Theatre Geo and is part of the Audrey Skirbal Kenis Theatre Archives at the Los Angeles Central Library. Her written work appears in two anthologies: Scenes For Women By Women and Even More Monologues For Women By Women – Tori Haring Smith/Heinemann Press. She holds a BA in theatre from UCLA. ATLewis Films | ardenteresalewis.com | YouTube Channel
Kimberly Woods is an American actress, award-winning voice over artist and film producer. Currently she is voicing Polly on It’s Pony for Nickelodeon. After graduating from Princeton with a degree in neuroscience and theatre she moved to Los Angeles to start her career. She has since produced short films, web-series and a narrative feature – BNB HELL – available on Amazon. Leveling Lincoln marks her second documentary. She is currently in postproduction on a documentary feature, Tender Points, about Fibromyalgia. Growing up in America as a multiethnic woman of color, racial equality and education have always been topics that interest her, and she's happy to be a part of telling this story of desegregation in New Rochelle. kimberlywoods.net | kimberlyvoices.com
Tinks Lovelace is an LA based, multidisciplinary visual artist from Nottingham, England. She went to high school in South Africa and is classically trained in performance from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and on conservatory at The Stella Adler Studio in New York City. She directs and produces work, along side BAG O’ BONES Collective, telling socially conscious stories. She devised and directed the award winning show Othello & Otis at Hollywood Fringe 2018, and Orangutan at HFF2019 - she was nominated for 5 awards, one being the Inkwell Playwright’s Promise award and won the Encore Producer’s Award. She directed her first film, Already Adults, coming out soon. Her work has been seen on floor level billboards in New York City and she has directed campaigns for companies such as Naked Wardrobe, House of CB and Mistress Rocks. Other films include: My Boring Life (2013) and sometimes it feels (2017). She is the founder of Bag O’ Bones Collective and creates content across the mediums of photography, theatre, film, and television. On IMDB | www.bagobone.com
Rita was born and raised in Southeast Los Angeles. She received her BA in Architecture and Planning from Howard University and is currently working on fulfilling the requirements for the Masters in Heritage Conservation from the University of Southern California. When she is not on tour or at a local theater stage managing, she teaches youth about the technical aspects of theater - from procuring props to designing sets. She occasionally directs. She also free-lances as a cultural resource manager and Public Historian and has valuable experience in community-based projects. Rita is passionate about finding ways to re-insert multiple perspectives into the larger narratives of our history and feels a moral responsibility to expose the youth in her community of Watts to preservation education, hands-on training in building conservation, and its rich history as a means to community engagement and pride. She is on the board of Trustees with the California Preservation Foundation and writes for their blog.
Andrew is a writer, filmmaker, graphic artist and editor working in Los Angeles. He grew up in Indiana and Vermont and has been working with computer graphics and video since the age of 13. He directed and edited the indie thriller BNB HELL co-produced by his wife, Kimberly Woods and Denouement Productions (2108) Available on Amazon Prime and iTunes. He's directed over twenty short films & video projects and has presented work at the Lewis Center for Arts at Princeton University, at the Dana Auditorium in Middlebury, Vermont, and at the School of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He received his degree from the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton. He owns a full editing suite and last year, he directed and edited his first feature film and is currently in pre-production on his second, Tender Points. He's excited to be a part of the Leveling Lincoln team as both an editor and a west coast DP.
Jack is a freelance camera professional with several years of experience as a Director of Photography, Camera operator and 1st AC on a wide range of commercial, narrative and documentary projects. He owns and provided his Sony A7Sii Camera Package, Vintage Canon Prime Lens Set as well as all the equipment used for Leveling Lincoln’s numerous East Coast shoots. He is a graduate of the 2013 Documentary Media Studies Program at The New School. He has recently opened a full post-production suite in Connecticut.
An editor with experience in all genres of television, Diana Jenkins has put her special stamp on scores of productions. Her long list of accomplishments includes the recent headline-making Documentary Series, Surviving R. Kelly, a highly rated 6-hour, multi-part project. Among her other recently aired programs; Citizen Rose, a limited series for E! Network, a digital Facebook reality series featuring rising wedding dress designer Hayley Paige, and the documentary Heartbreak, aired on MSNBC. Diana has been recognized with a National Daytime Emmy Award for her work on Crime Watch Daily. She was an editor for the network magazine series Dateline NBC for 9 seasons, editing both long and short form programs. She has edited News, Sports, Documentary, Reality, Promos, and Entertainment shows for ABC, CBS, the SYFY Network, NBC, FOX, Warner Bros., NetFlix, and Lifetime, and Disney, nationally and locally. Diana currently is part of the editing team that launched QUIBI for Jeffery Katzenberg’s group. She edits the Daily Chill channel on this exciting new platform for iphones, android phones and tablets.
Kinny is a grammy winning composer who has worked with David Lynch, Leonard Bernstein and Carly Simon. He has scored over 15 documentary films. Lynne Robyn’s albums can be found on iTunes and Spotify. www.kinnylandrum.com