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North Carolina Nurses: A Century of Caring
JOHN WILSON (WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER) wrote, directed and produced Dr. Frank: The Life and Times of Frank Porter Graham, which traces the life of the former UNC president, U.S. senator and U.N. representative. Narrated by Charles Kuralt, the documentary premiered on UNC-TV in 1994 and won a regional Emmy Award, a CINE Golden Eagle, a Silver Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival and a Bronze Plaque at the Columbus International Film Festival. The Museum of Modern Art selected Dr. Frank for its "New Documentaries" series in January of 1996.
In 1999, Wilson wrote, directed and produced North Carolina's Research Triangle Park: An Investment in the Future, a one-hour history of the most successful research park in the world. Narrated by Carl Kasell of National Public Radio News, the film premiered before an audience of over 300 at Durham's Carolina Theater and was broadcast statewide on UNC-TV. Over 1,000 copies of the documentary have been distributed to North Carolina schools.
Having earned a BA in biology from UNC-CH ('85) and an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California ('89), Wilson's work includes the UNC Bicentennial documentary, A Place on the Hill, which he wrote, directed and produced; A History of Political Awareness, a film presented by Wake Forest University to the Commission for Presidential Debates in its successful application for one of three 1988 Bush-Dukakis debates; and Richard Leakey: Looking Ahead To The Past. He wrote, directed and produced a program for the Watch On Washington public television series about the political controversy surrounding the National Endowment for the Arts.
Wilson worked for four years for The Jim Henson Company in Los Angeles, serving as production supervisor, director of new ventures, and Interactive division general manager. He was an assistant professor at American University's School of Communication in Washington, D.C., where he won an outstanding achievement award teaching film writing, production and producing. He founded UNC's student television station as an undergraduate, and served as president of the Order of the Golden Fleece, the University's highest honorary society.
ASHLEY LEFLER WILSON, MSN, RN, FNP (ASSOCIATE PRODUCER) has worked as a family nurse practitioner with the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles mobile health team, the Durham, N.C. County Health Department, a private practice in Maryland, and the Washington (D.C.) Free Clinic. She was a staff/charge nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., as well as a nurse and health educator at the Center for Indian Youth.
Ashley Wilson received her BSN in Nursing ('91) and BA in English ('86) from UNC-CH. She was awarded a Woodruff Fellowship to attend Emory University's School of Nursing, where she received an MN/FNP degree ('94) and served as class president. She served as archival researcher on the Research Triangle Park documentary.
CHRIS FRANK (COMPOSER) plays accordion, guitar, tuba, ukulele and trombone for the Red Clay Ramblers of Chapel Hill, who for more than 25 years have performed in concert, as well as on film and stage. The Ramblers scored and appeared in two of Sam Shepard's works, and won a Tony Award in 1999 for "Fool Moon" with David Shiner and Bill Irwin.
Frank has scored music for film and television for over a decade, including six years of The Learning Channel's The Operation, and numerous Discovery Channel documentaries, including The Bald Truth and Joined at Birth.
In 1998, Frank founded efolkMusic, the leading Web site dedicated to folk music.
LIANE HANSEN (NARRATOR) hosts National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday, and served as an interim host on All Things Considered from March to June of 2002. She has an extensive background in broadcast journalism, including more than 25 years as a radio producer, reporter, and on-air host.
Before joining Weekend Edition Sunday in November 1989, Hansen hosted Performance Today, NPR's award-winning daily two-hour classical music and arts information program. In 1988, she was a regular guest host for NPR's newsmagazines and Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Hansen attended the University of Hartford in Connecticut.