The Filmmakers

Adam Hyman Project Director Adam Hyman has been a documentary filmmaker for thirteen years, producing and/or writing a variety of historical, archaeological, and topical documentaries that have aired on the History Channel, the Learning Channel, the Travel Channel, and others. Two of his films have been Oscar-nominated, and two have won Emmys. Most recently he co-produced for Worse than War, a documentary on genocide and mass murder globally, airing on PBS in April 2010. He co-produced the 2007 Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning feature documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience for The Documentary Group. He served as co-producer on The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, which had its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2007.  He also worked as Field Producer on the “Shay’s Rebellion” episode of the History Channel’s Emmy-winning series Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America.  Prior to that he wrote and produced two featurettes for the Special Edition DVD of Peter Jackson’s King Kong: “Skull Island: A Natural History” and “Kong’s New York: 1933.” Between 1997 and 2004, Hyman worked on more than 40 hours of programming for MPH Entertainment, including writing and producing History Channel programs on the Carthaginian general Hannibal; the whale ship Essex whose story served as partial inspiration for Melville’s Moby-Dick; and William Wallace, the historical figure behind Braveheart.  He also served as co-producer on such shows as Inside Islam; In the Footsteps of Jesus; The Search for John the Baptist; and Tomb Raiders: Robbing the Dead. Hyman has served as sound recordist, sound, and picture editor on other short documentaries.  Among other programs Hyman has worked on is “Chicks in White Satin,” Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short in 1994. In addition to his documentary work, Hyman also serves as the volunteer Executive Director and Programmer of Los Angeles Filmforum, the city’s longest-running screening organization for experimental and avant-garde film, video art, documentaries, and animation. A native Angeleño, Hyman holds an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.  He earned his B.A. History and Science from Harvard College, focusing on Central and South American archaeology.   Claire Didier Editor Claire Didier is a film editor focusing primarily on the documentary experience. Most recently she cut the award winning feature doc Thunder Soul, a festival favorite and nomination for the 2010 IDA Music Documentary Award and 2011 Independent Spirit Award. Her credits range from issue-driven weekly news programming for PBS to documentary music series for VH1, music videos to PSA's.  Her feature documentary work includes the multiple award-winning Living with Lew, Welcome Sinners: The Velvet Hammer Story, and The Restoration of Cassavetes's Shadows which she directed and edited for Criterion. Advisors:   Jim Dawson Jim Dawson has written six books on early rock ’n’ roll and rhythm & blues, including Nervous Man Nervous: Big Jay McNeely and the Rise of the Honking Tenor Sax. He has also written articles on R&B for the Los Angeles Times and other publications, as well as liner notes for over 100 albums of vintage music. He has co-hosted blues and R&B programs on KPCC-FM and KPFK-FM, both of which broadcast all over Southern California. A full list of his books is available on his Wikipedia profile at   Professor Jacqueline C. DjeDje, Ph. D. Chair and Professor, Department of Ethnomusicology The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje has been on the UCLA faculty since 1979. She teaches theoretical area courses in African and African-American music and was director of an African-American vocal ensemble. Much of DjeDje's research has focused on performance practices as they relate to the one-string fiddle tradition in West Africa. In recent years her research has extended to the study of fiddling in African-American culture and its inter-connections with Anglo-American music. In addition, she has conducted investigations on African-American religious music. She is particularly interested in how the dynamics of urban life give rise to change and other musical activity. She is editor of Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music, a collection of essays published in conjunction with three Los Angeles museum exhibitions on African and African-derived music. Also, she is principal editor of African Musicology (two volumes) and co-editor of and California Soul: Music of African-Americans in the West. She is the guest editor of a forthcoming issue of Black Music Research Journal on the “Music of Black Los Angeles.” (Spring 2010)  In addition, she has contributed articles to a number of periodicals and reference publications.  DjeDje is former president of the Southern California Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology and second vice president of the Society for Ethnomusicology. DjeDje will advise regarding the social context of black music in Los Angeles.   Steven Isoardi Dr. Steven L. Isoardi received his Ph.D. in political science from UCLA. He has been a professor at UCLA, UC Irvine, Antioch University, and is now on the faculty at the Oakwood School in North Hollywood. From 1989 to 1999, he was the researcher/interviewer for the “Central Avenue Sounds” project of the UCLA Center for Oral History Research, and from 2000 to 2003 for their “Beyond Central” project. He co-edited Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 1998), which won the 1999 Oral History Association Book Award, as well as editing Jazz Generations (Continuum, 2000) and Songs of the Unsung (Duke University Press, 2001), the autobiographies of jazz greats Buddy Collette and Horace Tapscott. For Rhino Records, he produced the 4-CD set Central Avenue Sounds. Dr. Isoardi also contributed articles to the new, revised edition of the Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and in 2006 the University of California Press published his history of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and the community arts movement of South Central Los Angeles -- The Dark Tree: Jazz and the Community Arts in Los Angeles. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of that work. He is currently at work on a series of essays dealing with oral history, community arts, the African American community and jazz in Los Angeles.  He will be able to speak about Los Angeles politics and cultural context, of the history of Central Avenue, and of the relationship between jazz and R&B.   Cheryl L. Keyes, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA Cheryl L. Keyes is the author of Rap Music and Street Consciousness, which received a CHOICE award for outstanding academic books in 2004. Her areas of specialty include African American music, gender, and popular music studies. Keyes has conducted extensive fieldwork on rap and hip-hop culture in Mali, West Africa, New York City, Detroit, Los Angeles, and London. Her research has been published in major journals such as Black Music Research Journal, Ethnomusicology, Folklore Forum, Journal of American Folklore, Journal of Popular Music Studies, The World of Music, and has appeared as book chapters, reference articles, and as reviews. Her recent research includes a study on the legendary New Orleans piano player, Henry “Professor Longhair” Byrd and a socio-cultural history of contemporary female jazz instrumentalists of Los Angeles. In the areas of leadership, Keyes became the first woman as well as the first African American to serve as the president of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US Chapter (IASPM-US) from 2007-2009. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Ethnomusicology and the past-chair of the Faculty Executive Committee for the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA. In addition to her teaching, research duties, and service, Keyes’ musical creative works have been performed by the Women's Jazz Orchestra of Los Angeles at noted venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, where she made her debut as Musical-Artistic Director for the “Blues in the Summertime" Instrumental Women® Project’s Lady Jazz concert series. As a performer, she is a former member of trumpeter Clark Terry’s All-Girl All-Star Jazz Band, and she has recorded with New Orleans rhythm-blues pianist sensation Eddie Bo of New Orleans and with the late jazz-clarinetist-educator Alvin Batiste. Most recently, Keyes released her debut CD, Let Me Take You There (Keycan Records) in October 2008, which received an NAACP Image Award in the category of “Outstanding World Music Album.”  Keyes will be able to advise about the specific musical traditions involved in the “honking sax,” its sources and presence today, and about African-American music.!