The film is one in a series of documentaries produced by me and directed by Lee Quinby for the True Delta Project. Daniel Scarpati is the Director of Cinematography with additional filming done by University of Mississippi journalism and multimedia instructor Ji Hoon Heo.
“Enriching Destiny” is the second film from the True Delta Project to air on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Last year, MPB aired “From the Crossroads to the White House.” This documentary followed a group of young musicians on their journey from the Mississippi Delta to the White House to receive a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented by First Lady Michelle Obama. Five members of the Delta Blues Museum Band performed for Mrs. Obama and guests.
Lee Quinby, founder, Lucky Find Productions, and co-founder with Erickson Blakney of the True Delta Project, is a filmmaker and American Studies scholar and author. She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1984, taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for 23 years, held the Gannett Chair on the Millennium at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the inaugural Zicklin Chair at Brooklyn Colleges and for six years was Distinguished Lecturer at Macaulay Honors College, CUNY until her retirement from teaching in 2014. Her first documentary, “Facing the Waves,” centers on a former gang member turned surfer/entrepreneur and was an official selection at Mountainfilm Festival 2010 in Telluride, CO. Her second documentary, True Delta, co-produced with Erickson Blakney and co-directed with Daniel Cowen, screened at seven film festivals and won three awards in the short doc category. In addition to directing “Howl-N-Madd,” she has directed 2 short tribute pieces: “Ladies’ Man” about T-Model Ford and “Respect the Kid” on Mr. Johnnie Billington, all released in 2014.
Erickson S. Blakney is a program officer with the New York-based Pinkerton Foundation. Prior to joining Pinkerton, Blakney spent nearly two decades in the media business as an award-winning writer and reporter for Bloomberg and CBS News. With a deep commitment to philanthropy and social service, Blakney and several friends organized a private “giving circle” to identify, assess and make grants to various educational, social service and human rights organizations nationwide. The private group has distributed over $3-million through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation since 2005. He is a trustee of the DreamYard Project, a Bronx-based arts and education program. Blakney serves on the board of the Lower Mississippi River Foundation, a Clarksdale-based organization devoted to protecting the Mississippi Delta and providing outdoor experiential education.
Daniel Scarpati is the Director of Cinematography with additional filming done by University of Mississippi journalism and multimedia instructor Ji Hoon Heo.