Media Magic Key Personnel and Staff Bios
|Project Director:||Eric V. Tait, Jr.|
|Creative Program Director:||Keith Gonzales|
|Technical Advisor:||Antonio Richardson|
|Technical Consultants:||Harvey Harris and Geoff Munroe|
|Web Master:||Don Alameda|
Media Magic Key Personnel and Staff Bios
Producer/Director: Eric V. Tait, Jr.
Founder of EVT Educational Productions, Inc., Eric V. Tait, Jr. is a Documentarian/Veteran Broadcast Journalist. He has produced and/or directed such luminaries as Lena Horne, Hugh Downs, Maureen Bunyan, Hedrick Smith, Michelle Norris, Gail Lumet Buckley and Pat Prescott. In the course of his many productions, he has collaborated musically with Noel Pointer, Melba Moore, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Ebony Jo Ann, Daryl Waters, Dianna Solomon Glover, Christine Spencer and Willex Brown, Jr. Among the other notables he has Profiled and/or collaborated with, are Rosetta LeNoire, Ed Bradley and James Van Der Zee.
His Broadcast credits include ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, and the ABC News Our World Documentary Series. His independent production credits (for his own companies and others) include the award winning radio documentary series “Every Voice And Sing!” and the multi-award-winning “Then I’ll Be Free To Travel Home” radio and television documentary series, “Across The River with Hedrick Smith,” “The Legacy of Maggie’s American Dream,” and “Fire In Their Eyes.” His work has also aired nationally on PBS, ABC and the Starz!Encore Cable outlets.
A past President of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), Mr. Tait is a Media Critic and Media Consultant. The long-running MEDIA WATCH Cable Access Public Affairs TV Show produced in association with NYABJ and now separately by EVT Educational Productions has aired continually on Time Warner’s Manhattan Neighborhood Networks since 1991. Among the distinguished awards in his career is the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcasting which he received in 2003. He is the founder/executive director of Media Magic EVTEd @theDoles, a youth/community outreach Media Center that EVT Educational Productions, Inc. launched in collaboration with the City of Mt. Vernon, New York in early 2013.
Creative Program Director: Keith Gonzales
For more than 25 years, Keith Gonzales has served as Art Director for EVT Educational Productions, providing program materials for the documentaries created by EVTED as well as post-production art services and product creations (i.e., games and teaching tools). As consultant and Creative Arts Director he volunteers his services to help build and grow Media Magic EVTED @theDoles along with Eric V. Tait, Jr. and the collaborative support and partnership of the City of Mount Vernon, Ernest D. Davis, Mayor.
For the past 30 years, Keith has performed his duties of Graphic Arts Director and Manager for different corporate concerns in and around New York, working on projects for a range of national clients including Panasonic, American Express and McGraw Hill, to name a few. In recent years he has been involved in designing and coordinating political materials for the successful campaigns of prominent state and nationally elected officials. He also enjoys designing logos and branding for both corporate startups and private clients.
Keith has served as Creative Arts Consultant for the AAPRC (The African American Public Radio Consortium that is comprised of 80+ African-American, General Audience, Latino and Native-American radio stations who are deeply invested in jazz, blues, soul, Caribbean, Afro-Latin and African popular music.) The Consortium presents the epitome of diversity, understanding, honor and dignity while adding the voices of African-Americans and other people of color into the mix of national culture and dialogue in America.
He also served as a Production Coordinator, Graphics Designer & ROB Board Member for ROOTS OF BRAZIL, Inc. — A touring dance and cultural arts company that performed at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall while providing lectures, seminars and cultural demonstrations to High School, University and Civic Auditoriums around the country. Participated in the UN World Ecology & Environment Summit, bringing indigenous tribes of the Amazonas to the floor of the General Assembly to champion the cause of Rain Forest Preservation.
Keith is also musician and songwriter who has performed and recorded most notably for MYSTIC MERLIN (on EPIC/CAPITAL Records). Keith has performance memberships with BMI, ASCAP and SAG.
Documentary Production Instructor: Raymond A. Peterson
Mr. Peterson began his career as a professional still photographer, Becoming interested in filmmaking as a means of telling a story, he returned to school to learn the craft, graduating from the film program at the NYU School of Continuing Education & Professional Studies.
While attending school, Mr. Peterson worked as a Librarian/Researcher at the world famous Sherman Grinberg Film Libraries in New York. Departing SGFL, Mr. Peterson honed his skills for 13 years in all phases of production and post production, as an Associate Producer at ABC News “20/20.” Following “20/20,” Mr. Peterson went on to perform many roles in various documentary, and educational film productions.
Technical Consultant, Camera/Editing Instructor: L. Geoff Munroe
Following a two-year stint and honorable discharge from Active Duty in the aviation maintenance sector of the U.S. Navy, Geoff entered The City College of New York in spring 1993 to study Film and Television Production. With an expanding worldview, he became an enthusiastic major in the area of Africana Studies under such luminaries as Drs. Leonard Jefferies, Charshee McIntyre, and James Small. In little time, he came to see that his best use of his newly-acquired production skills would be in public service and community development.
Currently employed as an Event Technology and Audio/Video Production Technician, Geoff is responsible for the setup and operation of any audio and video production equipment necessary for the execution of corporate or organizational productions. This includes video projection by way of High Definition, DLP or analog LCD projectors, video recording using High Definition or Standard Definition cameras, digital format decks and switchers or audio capture and amplification by way of wireless cardioid and dynamic microphones, equalizers and other processors, multi-bus mixers, full range speakers and recording/playback mechanisms such as Digi-Beta VTRs, Compact Disc, DVD, Compact Flash/Solid State or DAT devices. Geoff is also trained in 3-point lighting solutions for talent, stage or signage illumination and logo presentation. Most of his setup assignments follow with operation of equipment as the A1 (primary audio engineer) or V1 (primary video switcher/technical director), cameraman, recordist or playback operator.
Since Manhattan hotel ballrooms are the venues for most of his work, his clientele include Fortune 500 companies, heads-of-state, high-profile entertainment talent and organizations of all sizes types. Geoff has been previously employed as an account executive and audio-visual coordinator where he executed plans made for national corporate “road show” accounts. When events were local (New York City region) he conducted site surveys and interviews with producers and directors. He has also managed union and non-union production labor for venues locally and nationally.
For seven years, Geoff was a certified Cable Access Producer at Bronx Cable Programming Corporation and produced and directed the community talk show, The Melanin Chronicles. To stay proficient in the field, Geoff receives training annually on LCD projection, video and audio developments from various production equipment manufacturers.
Writing/Editing Instructor: Melissa Cornick
Melissa Cornick is an independent documentarian and television producer of the untold stories and investigations that highlight human rights and the human condition. Her current cable TV show called, “Human Rights and the Fifth Estate” features victims of human rights violations, university and legal experts, and advice on how the audience can help. The show airs in NYC over TWC, FiOS and RCN.
Cornick is recognized by the journalism industry through her work at 20/20, Dateline, 60 Minutes and Nightline and has received numerous awards, including a First Place National Edward R. Murrow award for dedication in following the Edward R. Murrow tradition of fact-driven storytelling about issues that the world needs to know. Cornick's signature style of original reporting through sources she calls “everyday people” became leading ratings-winners that effected change for the public good. She is currently producing a documentary series on Revolutionary War patriots of color. Her work merges into the field of strategic communications for human rights initiatives such as voting, land preservation, elevation of Native Peoples and improving sustainability for all people of the United States. Cornick, a Native New Yorker, is also a college lecturer and motivational speaker on rights related to U.S. history. Among her civic duties, she serves on the Board of Advisors at Fordham College at Lincoln Center.
Camera/Editing Instructor: Michael Jacobsohn
2015 Imaginary Distance: a full-length documentary. It premiered at the Black Hill Film Festival, Hill City, South Dakota and has screened at Berlin’s Babylon Kino in Germany. It is available as a DVD.
From 1980 to 2009, I was an editor and instructor with ABC Television News and Sports. For my editorial work, I have received an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, a George Polk Award in Journalism, and an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy Award.
As a freelancer, I have edited a number of independent documentaries including Two Bells Two Worlds, a historical documentary about divergent views of The Spanish-American War and Bread and Roses, which features a senior arts program sponsored by the United Healthcare, Hospital Workers Union.
As a teenager, I attended the Henry Street Settlement Film Workshop, where I made several 16-mm shorts. The films have screened at The Tribeca Film Festival, The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Punta de Vista International Documentary Festival, and USA Film Festival. The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of Art presented several of the films. The Reserve Film and Video Collection of the NY Public Library has archived these early works in their Youth Film Collection.
Graphic Arts Instructor: Stedroy Cleghorne
Stedroy Cleghorne is a Digital artist, and Filmmaker with a traditional art background. Born in the island of St. Kitts and raised in Brooklyn NY, Stedroy began his professional art career at the age of sixteen, when his illustrated story “Space collision” appeared in Heavy Metal Magazine.
Since then, his work has been exhibited at Marymount College, “Talking Heads” in Soho, and the Ridge Street Gallery in New York. In 2001, Stedroy received certification from the Digital Film Academy in New York, where his short film Hues of Desire won first place.
Stedroy is the CEO of The Stardus Group Ltd a multimedia company that has produced digital art for the fortune 500 companies as well as the independent film industry.
Stedroy won an Award of excellence from the Puffin foundation in 1998 for the Painting “Distant Voices” — a painting based on the early Africans in New York from the 16th thru the 18th century. In 1995 Stedroy published his graphic novel “Crime,” which he wrote and illustrated. He then publishhed a motion comic APP in 2013 of the same title.
In 2009 Stedroy worked as a designer Illustrator for the Emmy award winning series We Are New York.
Stedroy is currently an assistant adjunct Professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, teaching digital Image editing in the Photography and Illustration Department.