You'll find it easy to understand that the universal impact and longevity of Elizabeth Spencer's work has produced a plethora of friends, peers and admirers who make this documentary possible. Our documentary team is made up of many volunteers, contributors and supporters who have graciously participated to help us share the legacy of this remarkable American literary treasure.
Sharon Swanson - Executive Producer
Sharon has written extensively on the life and work of Elizabeth Spencer. She is a native Southerner whose work has been published in The News & Observer, Our State Magazine, Metro Magazine, Chapel Hill Magazine, the Chapel Hill News among many other publications.
Sharon's interview with the family of Collin Finnerty, one of three accused Duke University lacrosse defendants, was nominated for a Silver Gavel Award by the American Bar Association for its exemplary work to foster the American public’s understanding of the legal system. Sharon holds a graduate degree in nonfiction writing from Bennington College, and a Master’s degree in public administration from East Carolina University.
Rebecca Cerese - Producer, Writer and Director
Cerese is an award-winning filmmaker and passionate social justice advocate. Her first documentary, “February One – The Story of the Greensboro Four,” tells the story of the 1960 Greensboro Civil Rights Sit-ins that served as a nationwide catalyst for the non-violent protests that would follow. This film is shown nationally on PBS each year as well as regular airings on STARZ network.
She also directed, produced and co-wrote, “Change Comes Knocking – The Story of the North Carolina Fund,” a film that chronicles the impact of a revolutionary anti-poverty program started by Terry Sanford in 1960s North Carolina. Cerese also served as co-producer of the documentary “Durham – A Self-Portrait,” as well as “Private Violence,” an impactful film used to train medical professionals, law enforcement officials and other advocates about domestic violence issues. Her recent short, “A New Kind of Strength,” highlights the role of men dedicated to ending domestic violence. She is co-author of the book, “A Tradition Excellence – A Pictorial History of the Watts School of Nursing.”
Rebecca currently serves as vice president of the Peoples Channel, the public access station in Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C. She recently completed her term serving on the boards of the the Southern Documentary Fund as well as the ACLU of North Carolina. Rebecca holds dual degrees in Communications and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.