Marcos Barbery (Director/Producer/Correspondent)
Marcos is a filmmaker and journalist, and founder of THREADPICTURES.COM. The Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute has supported Barbery’s reporting. His writing has been featured by Long Reads, and appeared in Salon, The Huffington Post, and This Land Press. In 2011, while making short films for THREAD, Barbery stumbled across the Freedmen story while on a shoot in Tahlequah, Oklahoma – capital of the Cherokee Nation. This sparked a four year journey toward the making of By Blood, his first feature length film. He is at work on two new films To Be and the Mitigators: A War Between Stories.
Sam Russell (Director/Director of Photography)
Sam is a filmmaker and cinematographer who began his career shooting films for PBS and its flagship public-interest program FRONTLINE. More recently her served as director of photography on the ten-hour series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. In the past year he has been working on several others, including Makers: Women In America, The Italian Americans, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies for Ken Burns, Many River to Cross: The African Americans, Years of Living Dangerously for Showtime, and the feature documentary Far From The Tree with Participant Media. By Blood is Sam’s directorial debut.