A single, working mother in the heart of the Mississippi Delta sees hard work, education and faith as the foundation for raising her three high school daughters. She is neither a hero nor a victim of society, but rather a simple, hardworking woman who puts one foot in front of the other each day with quiet strength. Directed by Bobbie Baird, Deborah Hammond, Hannah Caggiano, Tommaso Spinelli and Produced by Lisa Biagiotti, USA
Bobbie Baird: Camera Operator, Cinematographer/DP, Co-Writer, Collaborating Director, Editor
In 2012, Bobbie Baird decided to start a new life chapter, pursuing her dream of making films. Since that time, she has been busy learning as much as possible as fast as possible about filmmaking through a combination of structured workshops, hands-on apprenticeship, and creating films for small, socially conscious companies and non-profits. She is focusing primarily on documentary storytelling and each day is providing tremendous growth opportunities.
Deborah Hammond: Camera Operator, Cinematographer/DP, Co-Writer, Collaborating Director, Editor,
Deborah is intensely curious about the role of place and multi-generational memory in individual identity. Deborah continues to explore writing, photography, and filmmaking as story catching mediums.
Hannah Caggiano: Camera Operator, Cinematographer/DP, Co-Writer, Collaborating Director, Editor,
Working on A Quiet Strength brought this bi-coastal girl down to the Mississippi Delta and into the South for the first time. In the Delta she became addicted to sweet tea and interested in Southern culture. The direction of her life changed when she was given the opportunity to work one-on-one with journalist/filmmaker Lisa Biagiotti (deepsouth). Currently, Hannah is waitressing/bartending in a local New York City, Upper West Side bar and is in the process of creating a short dance film, while looking for the next adventure.
Tommaso Spinelli: Camera Operator, Cinematographer/DP, Co-Writer, Collaborating Director, Editor, Sound Editor
He has a B.A in Acting at the National Film School in Rome, Italy. He has worked as a performer throughout Europe with international artists such as Jan Fabre, Declan Donnellan, Eimuntas Nekrosius and Matthias Langhoff. In 2012 he trained at Barefoot Workshops with photojournalist Les Stone, and with filmmakers Lisa Biagiotti and Chandler Griffin. His latest translation, “Lear” by British playwright Edward Bond, will premiere in Italy in May 2014.
Chandler Griffin: Editor, Producer, Sound Editor
Chandler Griffin is a Los Angeles and NYC-based, documentary filmmaker, educator and the Founding Director of Barefoot Workshops, www.barefootworkshops.org, with over a decade of experience instructing close to one hundred media workshops. He is a founding member of Video Volunteers. His camera work has helped films earn a CINE Golden Eagle Award and an Oscar Finalist/Student Academy Awards. He holds a BFA in Photography and a BFA in Video/Film from the Savannah College of Art & Design.
Lisa Biagiotti: Producer
Lisa Biagiotti is an independent journalist and filmmaker. She reported, produced and directed ‘deepsouth’ (2013), a feature documentary about the rural America and four Southerners who redefine traditional values and create their own solutions to survive.