Film

The Team

About Gail Mooney

Gail Mooney is a photographer and filmmaker based in New Jersey. She is co-owner of Kelly/Mooney Productions along with her husband and partner, Thomas Kelly. Gail has traveled the world for over 30 years shooting for international companies and publications.

On Passion I believe in having a dream and following it and have lived my life that way. I believe we all have the power within ourselves to create our own future. I believe in the power of the individual and I support the underdog – the one who comes from behind, against all odds.

On Photography and Video I use the tools of my craft – my cameras – as my eyes on the world. I communicate visually, with both still imagery as “moments in time” and motion imagery as “time in motion”. I use each tool to deliver a message in their own unique way. I use each medium for their own strengths – to tell “the story”.

I started out as a still photographer over 30 years ago. About ten years ago, I added video to my skill set. These days I have a foot in both worlds – still photography and motion – many times combining the two mediums on the same project or job.

I am interested in “the story” – a person’s story, an institution’s story or a company’s story. Ultimately the stories are about the people behind them. The human story. The stories of the powerful, the weak or all in between – all prompt my interest and exploration.

I am interested in connecting with people and the human experience and use my cameras as an entree to that end.

Please view a trailer for Freedom’s Ride – a documentary a documentary film that follows the journey of forty honors history students from two very different worlds — an all-minority high school in Harlem and a nearly all-white rural high school in an affluent New Jersey county — as they retrace the path of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. With a five-day bus journey from Washington to Birmingham, each member of this diverse student group discovers the real meaning behind the notion that all men are created equal and, in doing so, uncovers the fundamental truth about personal freedom.

On Travel, People, Cultures and The World I’ve spent a lifetime traversing the globe and never tiring of it. Each destination and experience have added to my life and I can’t imagine a life without exploration. I doubt there will ever come a time when this need will ever be fulfilled. To explore and connect with other people and their cultures is my life’s journey.

About Erin Kelly

Erin is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, International Studies and Spanish. She currently resides in Chicago, IL and is working with the Center for Cultural Interchange, a non-profit international educational exchange organization.

On Travel, People, Cultures and The World I have always had a passion for learning about other cultures and languages, due to my adventures traveling the globe with my parents throughout my childhood. I was very fortunate to have those opportunities growing up because they gave me a much more global perspective on life and sparked my interest in travel for the purpose of learning about other cultures, languages, and histories. I also feel like traveling is the best way to get to know one’s self and to grow as a person. And there’s so much in the world, so why not explore it? I hope to continue this pursuit of knowledge and make international travel a part of my life.

On This Project I am very excited to do this project, and not just for the travel aspect. I am eager to meet individuals who have done such amazing things with their lives, and I can’t wait to share their inspiring stories with everyone. As I prepare to embark on this journey, I am also anxious to discover more about myself and find out where life will take me next.

About Angel Burns  – Our Executive Producer

A lifelong performer, Angel Burns began as a child actor, dancer and model on the east coast, in PA, NY and FL. A young contest-winner in many talent contests, she paid for college using her skills as a writer.

Ms. Burns worked in print, fashion runway, theater, cable talk/variety shows, industrial films and commercials, before moving to Los Angeles to study on-camera acting for almost a decade. Ms. Burns appeared in soaps and art films,
and partnered as an indie producer of shorts and music videos. Her production company allowed experience directing, editing, and as cinematographer.

Motherhood brought a sabbatical due to scheduling, and Angel added to her skill set becoming a commercial and fine art photographer, particularly of dancers, conceptual portraits and world cultures. Her work is now published internationally, appears in galleries & metropolitan exhibitions, and she teaches in traveling fine art photography workshops. Currently producing contemporary, inspirational themes, across multiple visual mediums, Angel continues to travel, shoot still and motion, work to benefit charities, and promote hope and happiness with her work.

About Tom Kelly – Co-Producer

Tom is the backbone of our team.  He works non-stop doing anything and everything for the movie – promotion, marketing, outreach, fulfillment and a host of other things.  This would not have been possible without Tom tirelessly working behind the scenes.

Tom is a gifted photographer and work for international corporations around the world.

About Allan Davey - Digital Artist -  Designed our “One Sheet”

Allan is an international award winning photographer and digital artist, specializing in unique aerial photography, conceptual imagery, fine art, and digital compositing.

We will be forever grateful for Allan’s talent and generosity in designing our beautiful poster for the film.

About Joyelle Brandt – Singer Songwriter 

Joyelle found out about us online and contacted us about a song she wrote, “One”.  It was the perfect song to open the film.  Thanks Joyelle, for your generosity and bringing your music and talents to our film.

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  3. Dear Gail and Erin,

    I just finished watching the trailer for your movie, and I love what you are doing! I would like to help. I am a songwriter, and I would like to give you any of my songs to use in the film. In particular, I have a song called One, which is about how one person can make a difference. The song is on my MySpace page. The other song which would be particularly appropriate for your film is United, which you can find at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sonicjoy
    Thank you for the work you are doing. It is so important!
    Sincerely,

    Joyelle Brandt

    • Joyelle,

      Thank you for you kind comments. Your song One is perfect and I love your voice and style. I would love your permission to use your song in our film. Right now I’m in the process of editing over 150 hours of footage. We feature 10 subjects in total – each one of these people creating positive change in our world. Our hope is to inspire and motivate other change-makers with our film. Thank you for contacting us – we will keep you posted on the film’s progress and will get in touch with you when we are ready to integrate music.

  4. I linked you up to my blog thingee. Hope it sends you some hits.

    Take care

    JB

  5. Emily Bodman

    I was on this trip, and I don’t have the words to describe how moving it was. I’ll never forget it. I’ve never been able to see the full product of my journey though, only this 8 minute trailer. Has the full documentary been released, and how can I see it?

  6. Hi Gail and Erin!
    When I saw your trailer, I couldn’t believe it! I’m very excited! About a year ago, my teen daughter and I had an incredibly similar idea and called it Engaging Awareness. We wanted our project to help youth realize that very small actions can have very big impact. We traveled parts of Scandinavia and Europe this past summer and my daughter shot hours and hours of video which she is now editing. The footage is mostly of individuals who help make the planet a better place by helping others in very simple ways.

    We’ve teamed up with the local community television station and have been working on launching a global video empowerment project for youth. We’ve put a lot of thought and effort into what comes next, and I would be thrilled to speak with you about it. If you are around, I’ll be in your area of NJ next Saturday. Or email me and we will find a time to talk. So happy to connect with you, support what you are doing, and enjoy as all the synchronicities unfold!

    Best of everything to you,
    Val

    • Hi Val,

      Thanks for writing. I’d love to get together with you but I’ll be out of town Easter weekend. But let’s keep each other posted on our like minded projects.

  7. Janet Fullwood

    Just watched the trailer and am already inspired. Look forward to the finished feature.

  8. Mandi S.

    Gail and Erin,
    We’ve never met but I believe you know my brother Sam.
    Grandma Betty told me about going to see your film in Traverse City and how great it was. Where else are you showing it? I would love to see it.

    Mandi

  9. Gian

    This is so amazing and inspiring. Wish I could travel the world like you guys.

  10. David Beatriz

    Hello Gail,

    Greetings from Orlando, hope you enjoyed the Orlando Film Festival as much as we did. Congrats on the award, owning your category by getting Best Documentary, very well deserved.

    Stay well, stay at it, stay in touch.

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