Sharon Mullally began her career with 10 years in staff positions at broadcast television stations in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Since leaving the commercial broadcast world to pursue documentary work, Sharon has edited several national PBS programs for WHYY-TV 12 in Philadelphia, including "The Dinosaurs!" "Furniture on the Mend," and "Remember When." For her editorial work on "Yearbook--The Class of '65" produced by Fox Philadelphia, she received an Emmy Award in 1996. Her most recent editorial work includes "Daring to Resist," a beautiful and compelling portrait of three young women who resisted the Holocaust (national PBS broadcast) and "Stirring It Up," a documentary on nutrition education in Pennsylvania. She is currently working on "NO!" a powerful documentary on sexual assault in the African American community and "Queen of the Mountain," on Theresa Goell, a hearing impaired archaeologist who uncovered a significant ceremonial site in Turkey in the early 1960's.
As Producer/Director, Sharon completed "Rufus Jones: A Luminous Life," a documentary on a visionary American Quaker with Barbara Attie, broadcast on WHYY-TV in November of 2002. She has also completed "New Voices," a documentary on women moving from welfare to work; "Peace Theater" and "Building a Peaceful Community," teaching self-respect and conflict resolution skills to children; "Walk With Me, Sisters" (winner of the Silver Apple Award from the National Educational Media Network), for women with HIV; and "Connecting the Pieces: A City's Response to the AIDS Quilt."
Sharon has maintained an active role as an instructor, teaching media literacy to middle school children in Philadelphia. She has taught editing classes at Scribe Video Center and is active in the Philadelphia Independent Film/Video Association.
Barbara Attie has been producing award-winning documentaries for more than a decade. Her just completed documentary, "Maggie Growls" (produced and directed with Janet Goldwater), about Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers, will premiere nationally on PBS in February 2003 on the new PBS series "Independent Lens." Attie produced and directed "Daring to Resist, Three Women Face the Holocaust" (with Martha Lubell, edited by Sharon Mullally). It is a portrait of teenage girls fighting Nazi genocide. "Daring to Resist" was broadcast nationally on PBS in September, 2000 and screened at the DoubleTake Documentary Festival and at Lincoln Center in New York as an official selection of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. The Boston Globe named it "one of the ten best television documentaries of 2000."
In addition, Attie produced and directed "Landowska: Uncommon Visionary," a biography of the pioneering Polish harpsichordist Wanda Landowska, which was nationally broadcast on PBS in July, 1999, and broadcast in Japan, Israel, and throughout Europe. Her other broadcast documentaries include "Skin and Ink: Artists and Collectors" (1990), which examines the tattoo culture; "Motherless: A legacy of loss from illegal abortion" (1993); "In a Time of Headlong Progress" (1994), about efforts to save an endangered species in Brazil; "If It's Not a Piano, What Is It?" (1996), on the versatility of the harpsichord; and "I Witness: Shot Down in Pensacola" (1998), a powerful look at the effect violence at abortion clinics has had on the community of Pensacola, Florida.
Attie is a 1998 recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Media, and received an M.F.A. in film and media studies from Temple University.
Executive producer Frederic G. Corneel devoted much of the last few months of his life to completing this film. A German Jewish refugee who fought for the U.S. in World War II, Fred became devoted to the Quaker cause of peace during the 1960's and was a longtime member of Wellesley Friends Meeting. A graduate of Columbia University School of Law, Fred was an attorney for 40 years at the Boston firm Sullivan & Worcester. He was one of the country's foremost experts in ethics and estate tax law. He gave generously of his time, expertise and money to help many needy individuals and charities.
inspired by his wife, Martha Appel, to share what they learned about the life,
work and teachings of Rufus Jones. He wanted people today and in future generations
to embrace Jones' message that by helping the less fortunate, we not only heal
the world, but grow closer to God. Fred was known for his warmth, wit, wisdom and
charming old-world accent. A writer of plays and poetry, he was both a loving
family man and concerned citizen of the world. He died on November 12, 2001,
just three months after completing this film.