Filmmakers’ Bios

Marcus Rediker

Marcus Rediker

Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh. He has written or edited nine books, including The Many-Headed Hydra (2000, with Peter Linebaugh); Villains of All Nations  (2004); The Slave Ship  (2007); The Amistad Rebellion (2012); and, most recently, Outlaws of the Atlantic (2014). He is currently writing a biography of the radical abolitionist dwarf, Benjamin Lay (1682-1759).  His writings have won numerous awards and been published in fourteen languages. Over the years he has been active in a variety of social justice and peace movements, especially the worldwide campaign to abolish the death penalty. Ghosts of Amistad is his first film.  For more information, visit www.marcusrediker.com.


Tony Buba

Tony Buba

Tony Buba has made over thirty films including four feature films exploring working-class issues in and around his hometown since 1974. Buba began his career with “The Braddock Chronicles,” a dozen short documentary portraits of the stubborn signs of life in a dying mill town. Buba’s work has been showcased in one-person shows at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Carnegie Museum of Art and more than 100 museums and universities. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, AFI, and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations. Buba’s many awards include Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award and Pennsylvania Media Artist of the Year.


John Rice

John Rice

John Rice began his career in feature films on George Romero’s zombie classic, DAWN OF THE DEAD, where fortuitously, he met Tony Buba and Tom Dubensky, and has since enjoyed a decades-long friendship and collaboration with both filmmakers. As Director and Director of Photography, John’s commercial work has garnered Clio, Addy, Mobius, and Art Director’s Club awards. Recent narrative films include: DUMPSTER, MILK CRATE and MR. PLEASANT. John is a founding member and former programmer for SILK SCREEN, an Asian-American Film Festival. He is a Senior Teaching Artist in the Cinema Arts program at Point Park University.


Phil Misevich

Phil Misevich

Philip Misevich teaches in the History Department at St. John’s University (New York).  His research emphasizes the interconnected nature of the Atlantic world with a particular focus on Africa in the era of the slave trade.  He has written and edited articles and manuscripts that highlight the dynamic nature of the slave trade in the abolition era.  Misevich has also been deeply engaged in several digital projects. He co-directs the African Origins database project and has been actively contributing to the development of the Voyages database, which provides information on more than 35,000 Atlantic slaving vessels.


 

Konrad Tuchscherer

Konrad Tuchscherer

Konrad Tuchscherer is Associate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at St. John’s University (New York).  He is a specialist in the history of written traditions in Africa and serves as the Co-Director of the Bamum Scripts and Archives Project at the Bamum Palace in Foumban, Cameroon.  His work has appeared in major journals and featured in reports by the BBC and NPR. Tuchscherer contributed to the Smithsonian’s groundbreaking exhibition on African scripts and wrote a chapter in the resulting book, Inscribing Meaning (2007). He recently co-edited The Autobiography of an African Princess (2013). He is the past recipient of Marshall and Fulbright awards.