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How does an ex-felon rebuild his life after 19 years in prison?
Coming From Behind [30 min. runtime, Fall 2019 completion] profiles “returning citizen” Ed Jordan, who was incarcerated as a youth for a tragic mistake. Upon release from prison, Ed rebuilds his life and becomes a successful ironworker, entrepreneur, and mentor.
BOB NESSON works principally in documentary and teaches at Emerson College, where he was awarded the Stanzler prize for excellence in teaching. He designed interdisciplinary courses including Filmmaking and the Environment, Urban Studies and Filmmaking, and Documentary for Social Action . He or his films have received many other grants and prizes, including a National Emmy [Snow Queen/WGBH], and an Artist’s Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Nesson has also taught filmmaking workshops in Russia, Turkey, and China.
Starting with early work on the PBS science series Nova [Where Did The Colorado Go? and The Light Stuff], he focused on films that explore the history and ecology of cities [Building Boston] and the systems that enable them to function [Waterworks: A Look at Boston’s Liquid Assets]. His documentary, Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change, has screened extensively across North America and in Europe.
In 2018 he completed If They Had Known, [with co-director, Emerson’s Professor Lauren Shaw] centering on the life and death of a college student from prescription drugs and alcohol. He also produced, with architectural photographer Peter Vanderwarker, a documentary about urban development in Boston’s Seaport District. Other recent work includes Marion Stoddart: the Work of 1000 produced by Sue Edwards, and Frozen Chosen, produced by Elizabeth Gardner;
Nesson is a a military veteran and served with the U.S. Army’s 101 st Airborne Division. He is a graduate of Boston University’s film program.
SUSAN EDWARDS brings creative teams together and directs them in the development of civic-engagement programs. Her work is focused on two broad areas: equal access to resources and opportunity; and protection of our natural environment for the health and wellbeing of all people and our planet.
Edwards’ first documentary film, Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 screened worldwide and received numerous awards including several “Best Short Documentary” laurels. The film toured with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in 2012, and went on to screen at high schools, colleges, and universities across the U.S. Marion Stoddart and the film traveled extensively inspiring citizens, scientists, and policy makers, including, elected officials attending a symposium at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Her recent projects include producing house concerts showcasing the new music of established and emerging musicians; hosting an exclusive special screening of Voyeur with Director Myles Kane; production and screenings of the short film, Greenway Heroes, to encourage land conservation and donation; marketing communications, promotion, and creative consultation on Bob Nesson’s Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change; and conceptualizing, producing, and marketing the documentary and civic engagement program, Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000.
Edwards is also a seasoned and creative fundraiser with her events matching donors to cause. She has written and received grants from the Mass Foundation for the Humanities, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a host of family foundations, helping to finance arts, environmental, and life-long learning programs for children and adults in the Boston area.