Beret Strong, Ph.D., M.F.A.
Director, Producer, and Videographer
Beret E. Strong has been making documentary films since 1995 with John Tweedy. They co-own Landlocked Films. She is also a researcher, writer, and educator. Her films have shown on PBS stations across the U.S. and Canada, and won CINE Golden Eagles, the NAFDMA Insight Award for Excellence, Black Maria Film Festival’s Directors Citation Award, Best Documentary at the Third World Indie Film Festival, and a nomination for an IDA/ABC News Videosource Award. Festival screenings include Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Yamagata International Film Festival, Cine las Americas Film Festival, the Boulder International Film Festival, Denver International Film Festival, and the Pan African Film Festival. Beret cares about amplifying people’s voices, social justice and equity, the global community, and the health of our planet.
Director, Producer, Videographer, and Narrator
Storytelling and visual art have always played a big part in Katrina Miller's life. She is the founder and owner of Blackat Productions. Her favorite part of filmmaking is creating something where there was nothing. She enjoys taking all of the elements – footage, music, interviews and beyond, and weaving them together into a compelling and genuine story. Her documentary Blacklash explores why her alma mater, the University of Colorado, Boulder, lacked ethnic diversity. Katrina has done extensive work for e-Town, Red Rocks, the City of Denver, Boulder of Museum, Unity Church, and many other organizations. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado, but experience has been her best teacher.
Editor and Videographer
John has been directing, producing, and editing films with Beret E. Strong and Landlocked films since 1999. He directed Streams of Gold, about gold mining in an Ecuadorean valley over a 100-year span, broadcast nationally on Free Speech TV; Penny and Red, about Penny Chenery and the thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat, broadcast on PBS stations nationwide; and has edited most of Landlocked Films’ other prize-winning documentaries. His filmography includes work on climate science, law and equity issues, cultural competency, disability, and education. John is also a lawyer, mediator and writer.
Original Music Composer
Les Miller is a music composer and multi-instrumentalist who has called Colorado home since 1997. After earning his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa, he was drawn to the mountains of Colorado by a love of snowboarding and vast, green forests which provide endless compositional inspiration. Les released the solo album “Cold Fusion” in 2009, and composed / performed the music score for a Genesius Guild production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” He also composed / arranged music for many of the bands he has worked with, such as Dagobah, Johnson County Landmark, Booster, New Family Dog, & The John McKay Band. He currently plays trumpet & percussion with dance floor provocateurs The Alcapones, and is busy in his studio producing their next album.