Principle Production Team
Photograph: Duty of the Hour production team. Pictured (left to right) Director, Writer,
Co-Producer: Reece Auguiste, Ph. D.; Executive Producer: Daphene McFerren, J.D.; Narrator:
Julian Bond; Cast: Benjamin T. Jealous; Director, Co-Producer, Editor: Tony Dancy.
principle Production team
Daphene R. McFerren, Executive Producer
In January 2008, McFerren became the director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for
Social Change at the University of Memphis. In June 2006, McFerren was a visiting scholar at the Hooks Institute, where she continued
her work, initially funded by a summer grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities,
to compile primary source materials created by Fayette County civil rights activists
from 1959 to approximately the early 1970s. Additionally, during her time as a visiting
scholar, McFerren worked on completing the copyright review process to enable public
broadcast of the documentary, Freedom's Front Line: Fayette County, TN. The collection
of primary source materials from Fayette County civil rights activists are housed
in Special Collections at the University of Memphis and are available to the public.
Beginning in September 2008, public television stations in Memphis, and later throughout
the State of Tennessee, began broadcasting Freedom's Front Line. McFerren's parents,
John and Viola McFerren, were two of the primary leaders of the Fayette County Movement.
In an article dated October 12, 1969, the New York Times called the Fayette County
Movement the "longest sustained civil rights protest in the nation."
Prior to joining the Hooks Institute, McFerren was in a private practice in Washington, DC; was senior counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; was counsel to former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno; and was later Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland prosecuting, among other cases, forced labor and involuntary servitude cases involving foreign victims. McFerren is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.
Reece Auguiste, Co-Producer, Director, and Writer
Reece Auguiste is a documentary filmmaker and scholar whose research focuses on national
cinemas, transnational screen cultures and documentary media practices. Auguiste's
fields of interest are aesthetics of the moving image, documentary screen practices,
the Soviet avant-garde, Iranian screen cultures, Chinese screen cultures, and African
Auguiste was a founding member of the critically acclaimed British based Black Audio Film Collective and is the director of the award winning films Twilight City, and Mysteries of July. His current film Duty of the Hour (co-directed with Tony Dancy) explores the life and times of the American Civil Rights leader Benjamin Hooks.
He essays on screen aesthetics and documentary practices have appeared in Framework, Cineaction, Undercut, Journal of Media Practice, The British Avant-Garde Film 1926-1995, Questions of Third Cinema, Dark Eros, The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Media and The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective. He is the recipient of the Grand Prize at Melbourne International Film Festival; Josef Von Sternberg Award, for most original film of the Mannheim International Film Festival, Best Film for promotion of Intercultural Dialogue at the Mannheim International Film Festival, Golden Hugo Award for best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival, and the International Documentary Association Award, for exceptional creative achievement in nonfiction and television production, Los Angeles, California.
Tony Dancy, Director, Photographer, Editor, and Audio Specialist
Tony is an award-winning writer, director, audio supervisor, and editor who specializes
in creating commercials, music videos, narrative and documentary films.
A native Memphian, Tony displayed an early interest in film and storytelling, having asked for his first camera at age 4. He created graphic storybooks of the events of his life. His formal training began at New York Film Academy where he learned the fundamentals of shooting and editing black and white film. He later earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art with a major in Film Directing from Watkins College of Art & Design.
Tony got his professional start working on feature films, and has since earned multiple motion picture credits as a Location Sound Mixer, Camera Operator, Editor, and Assistant Director.
He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is co-founder of Tell-Tale MEDIA, a production company specializing in the creation of narrative and documentary content, photography, and design.
Terry LeCroix, Director of Photography
LeCroix is a native Memphian and graduate of the University of Memphis. He spent most
of the 1990's as a photojournalist at WMC-TV. He is now a freelance director of photography
residing in Nashville, where he works on documentaries, reality entertainment, and
Julian Bond, Narrator
The late Julian Bond served as a civil rights activist, politician, educator, and writer. As a young professional, he helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Bond was elected to both houses of the Georgia legislature, where he served a total of 20 years. In 1968 at the Democratic National Convention, Bond became the first African American to be nominated for vice president of the United States. From 1998 to 2010, he was chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Bond was also the narrator of the award-winning documentary, Eyes on the Prize.