born in Des Moines, Iowa. At the age of 2 her parents divorced.
When Lindsey reached the age of 3 her mother remarried. She moved
with her mom, step-dad and older brother to Mesa, Arizona in 1987
where she started first grade. Lindsey grew up trying different
things such as swimming, soccer, cheerleading, and writing for
the yearbook. Nothing really clicked with her until her Senior
year in her DECA (Business Class) Club when she had to come up
with a business proposal. From what little knowledge she knew
on the computer, she decided she could start a graphic design
business and be her own boss. She likes to be driven into a direction
and then take things on as her own without people watching over
her shoulder. This was the ideal thing to do. About 6 months after
her high school graduation in 1999 she was engaged to be married.
Her parents were not happy with the decision and made her wait
a year and a half. The vows took place in March 2001. Five years
later, Lindsey and her husband James have two beautiful boys,
Jett and Santana. During these five years while starting a family,
Lindsey was attending Mesa Community College studying graphic
design, specifically Web design. She started a business from her
home called Spun By Black Web Design, LLC. With the knowledge
she gained, she was able to manage many clients. The last class
she took to receive her Associate degree was digital film editing.
At that point, she knew she wanted to work in the film industry.
She continued going to school to learn more about film. There
was no degree offered at that time, just classes. A degree was
not important to her; the knowledge to be able to work on something
by herself was what was important. Lindsey is breaking away from
her Web business, hoping to move on in her film career. Mesa Community
College has helped her to build her portfolio in acting, directing,
editing, and screenwriting. The most important thing she has taken
with her is knowing that anyone can make a film, but those who
actually finish it are the ones who win.
grew up in small town in New Mexico where not very much happens.
We get a Wal-Mart and it makes the front page of the newspaper.
I started film production my Junior year of high school making
commercials for local businesses, all the while learning the ins
and outs of everything, using a JVC videotape recorder and the
lowest forms of software; I loved it. I used to want to be an
actor, or a musician. I wanted to be famous but I didn't like
people always looking at me—Not THAT famous, so when I found
film production it seemed as though I had finally found my calling;
Senior year I was made co-producer of the high school’s
live TV news program. Shortly after the year began I moved to
Arizona and went straight into crew leader of the high school’s
TV production station, MPTV. I learned a lot about film that year
and that got me even more excited about life—my film life.
I graduated with honors in TV production and proceeded to Mesa
Community College. It was by chance that I found out there was
a film program and as soon as I heard that, I went running straight
to Cyndi Greening, Director of the Media Arts Department, and
told her I wanted in.
My knowledge of film production has sky-rocketed
since and has prepared me for the amazing journey we all are about
to embark upon in Zambia. This is what I live for. Very, very
few 19 year olds straight out of high school have the opportunity
to go from showing short films about a love for Ramen Noodles
and Cheetos to helping make a feature film, THE FIRST feature
film to be made in a different country (Zambia). All of this is
unreal. Filmmaking is my life. I live for this. I see life as
a movie. My daydreaming skills have run into the real world and
things couldn't be better.
I want to share my gift and teach others how to
express themselves through filmmaking, through art. I hope to
share my gift and help change people’s lives for the better.
Downs is a nineteen year old Senior at Arcadia High School in
Phoenix, Arizona. He is a three-year student of Arcadia's Media
Communications program and has won numerous awards relating to
television and film. His short film DRIVEN was nominated in the
2006 Phoenix Film Festival. Shawn will be attending the Los Angeles
Film School in August of 2006 where he will study directing and
screenwriting. Shawn also has earned ten credit hours at Mesa
Community College through a dual enrollment program at the high
I lived in California for about 14 years. During that time I lived
in Mexico for about 2 years to learn proper Spanish. While in
Mexico, I began drawing and my interest in art began. I went back
to Mexico and enrolled in a technical school where I took architecture
classes; I was interested in Colonial Architecture. My parents
moved to Yuma, Arizona due to my father’s job. I finished
high school in Yuma in 1997. I attended Arizona Western College
to study architecture, but this changed soon due to a bad experience
with a class. I found out the school had just opened a digital
photography class and I enrolled. I graduated from AWC with an
Associate in General Studies.
I moved to Phoenix to pursue a degree in graphic
design. I attended Mesa Community College where I obtained my
Associate degree in Graphic Design. During my time at MCC, I had
the privilege to meet Cindy Greening; I took different classes
with her; film and editing classes got me hooked. Cindy has been
a great mentor who has provided me with great tools and motivation
to work on personal and career projects.
I have worked on 5 short films. My very first short
film OSSIRISUS won “Best of Media” in the Mesa Community
College Student Art Show. I have worked with a crew on 4 other
films. Working on these projects, I have developed great skills
as a cinematographer. A great opportunity has arrived to work
on a major project, going to Africa and helping to shoot the first
indie film in Africa. I am very excited and thankful to be involved
in this project; I know this project is going to bring out the
best in me and I will be able to apply the knowledge and skills
I acquired in school and while working on projects.
This project is of great magnitude. I really had
to step back and look at the big picture to realize how big and
important this project is—from making the first film in
Africa, to having Zambian voices heard and being able to teach
people in Africa new technology. I am very excited and anxious
to start the project and to work with a group of people with the
same vision and goals.
was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to my mother Laura Felix and
my father Jim Chavez. My mother and I are very close; she raised
me since she was 21 years old. Family has always been very important
to me. Since I was small, I enjoyed drawing and had a strong passion
for it. School was never my thing; if not for art I probably would
not have graduated from high school. Since the age of 14, I’ve
always had a job, from working as a golf cart washer to being
a bicycle mechanic. I have never wanted to settle for some mediocre
job, one that didn’t have me wanting to go to work every
morning, instead of just needing to go. Two years ago I decided
New Mexico just couldn’t offer me the opportunities I was
looking for. I moved to Phoenix and started taking classes in
the Media Arts Department at Mesa Community College, hoping I
could find a field in the arts that I could have passion for.
The passion Jabbes has to film BAD TIMING is inspiring, and I
am very excited to be apart of it, as well as VOICE OF AN AFRICAN
NATION. MCC has opened the door for me, and now it’s up
to me to step through and decide which path to take.
was born in Nashua, but grew up in Antrim, New Hampshire. Sticks
and nerf guns in thick wooded areas occupied most of my time in
Antrim. It is a small, quiet town of two thousand people. You'll
have to drive over half an hour to get to a fast food place. In
'95 our family moved to Gilbert, Arizona due to my father's job.
I graduated from Gilbert High School and because of my dislike
for high school, I decided to explore the blue collar world for
about a year. Frustration and boredom were often on my mind, so
I decided to go to a community college. At Mesa Community College
I began studying art, psychology, and writing among other areas
of interest. I needed to find a way to combine my love of different
art media into one medium. One summer I heard about a film club
at MCC and decided that film was a perfect medium to look into.
I met Cyndi Greening and took film classes with her and completed
several short films.
This film in Zambia at first seemed like a fun idea,
something you talk about, something you'd like to do just to be
on a film crew and make a film. It seemed like a wisp of smoke
in the air. As more and more people became interested in it and
passionate about the cause and the film, it seemed the project
had taken on a life of its own. The smoke took form and started
To be a part of this project is monumental and a
chance of a lifetime. Making the first feature film in Zambia
and helping Zambia to develop and establish the film industry
in their country is something beyond words. To help a country
is much more than just telling a story for entertainment; it is
an experience that only a few people can say they were a part
of, that they were the first ones. I have complete confidence
in our crew and Jabbes and Cyndi to produce a wonderful film with
an African voice, a film that hopefully will inspire people to
make more films in Africa, about Africa. There is a rich culture
there that should be revealed to the world. That is our aim, and
we mean to aim true.
given the middle name of Owen to create the abbreviation H.O.M.,
because he was born at home. In the suburbs of Mesa, Arizona,
he was raised by Mike and Margie McKinney alongside his 9 siblings.
Peaceful and imaginative, Heath always spent more time watching
others and imagining stories based on their personalities than
actually interacting with them. In the 4th grade he really started
a life-long process of fine tuning his artistic abilities when
his art teacher introduced him to the magic of perspective. Instantly,
he felt as if he could see through the eyes of those he watched,
and began to interact with the possibilities that presented.
In 8th grade he enrolled himself into a drama class,
trying to find a way to express how he saw his world, and to better
let others see him. At that point, it dawned on him that he could
do anything and be anyone. "The way that you perceive it,
is the way that you will receive it" he says. At a young
age he knew he had the potential for something great; he just
didn't know what it was.
As time went on he explored many possibilities:
veterinary medicine, forensics, ornithology, computer animation.
Confused and broken, he turned to God. With Matthew 10:39 "He
that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life
for my sake shall find it" as his focus, he made the decision
to serve a mission for his God, as a representative of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was called to serve in
Valencia, Venezuela. With painful difficulty he was able to grasp
the Spanish language in 6 months but understanding the people
and their culture took him only an instant. He loved Venezuela
for all the beauty it offered him.
He reluctantly returned home and enrolled himself
at Mesa Community College in order to continue the search for
a dream career. One of the many classes he was introduced to was
Digital Storytelling, which he thought was a crash course on storyboarding.
Oh, how wrong was he. This class was the portal to the world that
he was always looking for but just never could quite find: Film.
He has always been a cinematographer he just lacked the tool—a
camera placed in his hands. He got to work quickly as soon as
he heard that Cyndi Greening and Jabbes Mvula were beginning work
on a feature length film in Zambia and that they wanted some students
to go with them. For this window of glorious opportunity, he credits
was born in the beautiful island province of Romblon, Philippines
and moved to the United States in July of 1990. I grew up in a
political family where my father served as a town Mayor during
my early grade school years and my mom took care of the family
business. I continued my high school in Chandler, Arizona and
went to college and received my degree in Respiratory Therapy
at GateWay Community College in Phoenix. I am currently a licensed
Respiratory Therapist and work for Scottsdale Healthcare.
After graduating from the RT program, I immediately
went back to school to study Fine Art Photography at Mesa Community
College. From there, my passion for photography ignited and I
decided to pursue it as my second career. I received my Associate
Degree in Digital Imaging, Web Design and Desktop Publishing.
I continued my studies in Digital Filmmaking and Digital Editing
at MCC and worked on several student short films as a producer,
director, editor and cinematographer. I like being behind the
camera and love the different perspective of seeing the world
through the lens. I also like to travel and document my journeys
through photography. I did a series of photographs of street people
and showcased them in a group gallery show in Phoenix in December
of 2003 and featured some of them in a book called “Reflections
This film is a great opportunity for me to collaborate
with MCC’s promising student filmmakers. This is also a
great chance to make a special connection with the people of Zambia
and help their voice to be heard throughout the world.
am one of a set of triplets and a current graduate of Mesa Community
College, the first to graduate among my seven brothers and sisters.
Jeanette Roe was a teacher I had many classes with and who got
me interested in film in the first place. From there on, I enrolled
in a couple film classes taught by Cyndi Greening. I had the chance
to make a few short films that helped me gain knowledge and experience
that could be applied later to bigger future projects. What drew
me to the Zambian project was mainly the goal and meaning behind
it all. It was how and why this whole project was started in the
first place. We have an amazing production team and it feels like
a family. My role in the projects so far has been as an Editor.
I am hoping to expand my role and be able to contribute more to
the project in other ways to help make it successful. Communication
and participation will play a big part in the completion and success
of this project. I am willing to help in any way possible and
give it my 110% effort.
born in the San Francisco bay area. She grew up in San Mateo,
a suburb of the city. She was able to enjoy the diversity of many
cultures and experience the unconventional behavior and non-judgmental
attitudes of the time. She enjoyed participating in as many opportunities
as were presented to her. She was active in the sports program
in her school and was involved in extracurricular activities.
She left California in 1978 to attend Brigham Young University
and graduated in communications in 1982. She married Christopher
Bowman two weeks later. They moved to Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua
Mexico in 1983. While living there they purchased and developed
orchards and farm land, a country store, bakery, and bi-monthly
newspaper. After 17 years they sold their business and moved back
to the United States. Since arriving back, Pamela has taken many
classes in her pursuit of continued education and knowledge. She
has started her own business, Reminesse, that helps people document
their lives or events in a personal and permanent format. Mesa
Community College has provided classes to assist Pamela in acquiring
skills for her own company. Her role as an associate producer
for the VOICE OF AN AFRICAN NATION documentary will provide even
more opportunities to gain vital experience and knowledge that
will assist her in her life ambitions. Her husband Christopher
and four children; Chris, Ben, Wisteria and Cierajo, have offered
her encouragement, emotional support and time off this summer
for good behavior to pursue her dreams. She thanks them with all
her heart and promises to come back… bearing gifts.
six years ago, I was looking for a curriculum in a school that
would help me excel in my goals — Graphics, Video, Web Design.
I began attending a school in Tempe, Arizona that boasted of such
a program. After five weeks of attending, it became apparent to
me that something was not right with this school. I couldn't put
my finger on it, but I knew there were red flags that kept manifesting
themselves while I was attending. After a Labor Day weekend of
camping in the pines of Flagstaff, Arizona and reflecting on what
I should do about my current schooling, I walked onto the campus
of Mesa Community College. I visited the Media Arts Department
and got my first experience with Cyndi Greening. The semester
had already started at MCC, yet after discussing my situation
and dreams with Cyndi, she immediately rescued me from the "cookie-cutter"
school I was attending, explaining her previous experiences with
employers who've avoided graduates from the school I was currently
attending. Within one day, I dropped out of that school and began
attending Cyndi's beginning Photoshop class. It didn't take long
for me to notice that Cyndi's curriculum of classes that she taught
were continually pushing the edge with advanced technologies.
She was always on the bleeding edge with her courses that I attended
and I knew I had made the right choice in switching schools.
I've since graduated from MCC and am currently enjoying
self-employment providing IT services for small businesses. Many
projects we get from our clients involve developing for the internet.
The experience I gained from attending MCC and specifically Cyndi's
classes, I can attribute to the successes I'm enjoying today.
Cyndi not only helped educate me in specific media software applications,
she also helped me believe in myself as a developer and entrepreneur.
So far, our job with this project has been to provide
the technical implementations of www. filmzambia. com as well
as design and configure the Web logs contained on the site. We
hope those who will visit the site will have a pleasurable experience
with it and that our contributions, small as they seem, will also
be worthy in some way of those who will be working tirelessly
in filming, producing, and marketing the films and working towards
the enlightenment of this great human race we are all a part of.
May the prayers of Jabbes be answered and may God bless all involved.
M. K. Racine—Marketing
…was born and raised in northwestern Vermont. Upon high
school graduation, she enrolled in the college of Commerce and
Business Administration at the University of Alabama. After receiving
her Masters degree, MK pursued and obtained employment in the
field of sports marketing. She gained knowledge and experience
in both collegiate and professional sports marketing in Birmingham,
Alabama, before moving to Phoenix in 2001. MK is currently engaged
to her fiancé, also residing in the Phoenix area, and is
the eldest of four siblings who reside in New York and New England.
M.K. received her Masters degree in Marketing in
1998. In 2005, M.K. attended Mesa Community College. She pursued
certification in the Media Arts Desktop Publishing program in
order to supplement her business training and to develop technical
and creative skills for a career in Graphic Design.
During her time at MCC, Jeanette Roe and Cyndi Greening
instructed M.K. in multiple areas of Media Arts. M.K. began to
collaborate with Greening on promotional materials and other projects
for the college. Greening approached M.K. about the Zambian film
project during this time. Eager to support Cyndi and the college,
M.K viewed Jabbes Mvula's digital story. Upon this viewing and
meeting Jabbes, M.K. committed to the project and placed her name
on the list for Zambia.
M.K.'s role in the project thus far has been designing
the electronic press kits for the feature film BAD TIMING and
the companion documentary VOICE OF AN AFRICAN NATION, as well
as developing the press slicks for mass distribution to media
and interested film festivals.
Whether from Zambia or the United States, M.K. looks
forward to updating the electronic press kits, and in essence
the world, on the progress of educational exchange and economic
growth in Zambia, as well as the filming of the feature BAD TIMING
and documentary VOICE OF AN AFRICAN NATION.
received my BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and my MFA
from the University of Michigan on a Rackham Merit Fellowship.
I taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Detroit area for six years
at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Henry Ford
Community College, and the College for Creative Studies. I have
exhibited my work nationally and internationally including, New
York, San Francisco, London, and Budapest. A full-time teaching
position at Mesa Community College has brought me to Arizona.
I have been at the College for three years and I am very proud
to be a part of one of the best Fine Art and Design programs in
the state. When Cyndi Greening approached me with the Zambia Project,
I was very excited to be a part of the “history making”.
As an instructor in Art, my role has been to unveil the potentials
for the students so they can see with a clearer vision. Working
with the students of Zambia will be an incredible opportunity
and I hope to have a lasting exchange of ideas and new common
vision for both the Zambia students and Arizona students and faculty.
am currently a faculty member in the Art Department at Mesa Community
College, in the areas of Life Drawing, Art Anatomy and Portrait/Figure
Painting. I have been teaching for seven years, and have been
resident faculty for two. In addition to teaching, I am also a
founder of the Adjunct Mentorship Program, designed to train new
teachers in the areas of technique, demonstration and critique
in the classroom. Outside of MCC, I am a PhD student in Education
at Walden University, a working artist in the areas of oil painting
and charcoal, and a mentor to two teenage girls in Valley Big
Brothers Big Sisters. It is an honor to be included in the Zambia
project as a representative of the educational exchange program.
It is my hope that we can establish a strong exchange of both
students and faculty between our countries, to open a gateway
of cultural, educational and professional connections that will
last a lifetime.
Media Communications/CTE Department Chair
Arcadia High School
East Valley Tech Prep Coordinator
AIPA, Skills USA, Student Television Network Advisor
The Arcadia High School Media Communications program
and its lead instructor Dave Cornelius are considered models of
excellence not only in Arizona but across the nation. Currently
serving as Southwest Regional Representative for the Student Television
Network National Governing Board, Dave was one of the architects
of the Radio/Television/Interactive Media Competencies for the
state of Arizona Department of Education. He is a leader in development
of industry certification standards and a major force behind the
shift in Arizona towards quality broadcast journalism education
at the secondary and middle school levels. He has served as a
member of the Art Institute of Phoenix program advisory committee
on electronic media, past Technical Skills Chairman for Skills
USA, City of Phoenix Educational Access Governing Board vice-chair,
and a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association
coordinating Broadcast programs. Most recently AIPA presented
him with the Freeman Hover Award as the outstanding Scholastic
Journalism Instructor in Arizona. In cooperation with the ADE
and the ASU office of workforce development, he has hosted and
moderated training sessions for teachers of Broadcast Journalism
across the state. In addition, teachers and students from over
a dozen individual programs statewide have visited his classroom
this year alone. Last year, Dave and his students won over 50
state, regional, and national awards including Association of
Career and Technical Educators Program of the Year for the State
of Arizona and two National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
student Emmy honorable mentions. Currently, Dave is working with
the National Science Foundation to explore and model ways to more
seamlessly incorporate technology into the Fine Arts and Performing
Arts and is serving on a Curriculum Re-design and Re-alignment
committee for the Arizona Department of Education and was presented
with the State’s “Spotlight on Success” award
for collaborative partnerships.
Dave’s vision, drive, success, and that of
his students have enabled him to design and develop the Scottsdale
Media and Arts Technology Center (S.M.A.R.T) currently under construction
at the Arcadia campus. This media communications and arts convergence
hub will serve as an educational technology model for multi-level
P-20 partnering and a regional training center for end user certification
for his students, teachers, and corporate/community partners throughout
the Southwest. In addition to being an award winning teacher and
journalist, Dave is a former international recording artist, singer,
songwriter, publisher, and sound engineer who has worked for ESPN,
NBC Sports, Global Television, Tapestry Films, and Producer’s
Group Studios to name a few. His experiences as a producer, editor,
cameraman, sound designer and composer round out a very diverse
background and skill set.