Production Team

Paul V. Grant | PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR

Paul V. GrantPaul V. Grant has nearly two decades of award-winning video production and multimedia communications experience. He began his career as a commercial photographer and photojournalist for the Richmond Free Press newspaper during the mid 90’s. He later followed his heart into independent film and documentary video production, and was awarded a grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Black AIDS Institute to produce the documentary film ‘Tangy’s Song!’ for B.E.T. Networks, through the 2004 Black AIDS Short-Subject Film Competition.As Chief Creative Officer of Ascender Communications, he produces multimedia content for advertising, social awareness campaigns and interactive museum exhibitions. Some of his most recent clients include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Office of HIV/AIDS Policy); Office of Women’s Health (OWH); Centers for Disease Control (CDC); U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway and Transportation Saftey Administration (NHTSA);  The Balm In Gilead, Inc.; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW); and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Gospel of Healing is his first feature-length film.  It is scheduled for a premiere screening during the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC.

E-mail: pgrant@ascender-c.com               Follow on Twitter: @paulvgrant

 

 

Tracey Middleton-Grant | CO-WRITER, SENIOR PRODUCER

Tracey Middleton-Grant is a licensed clinical social worker with direct service and program management experience in the field of substance abuse, mental health, and HIV and AIDS service delivery. For over 15 years, Mrs. Middleton-Grant has worked in the field of social work to improve prevention strategies, treatment and care for people living with chronic illnesses, including HIV and AIDS. For the past 8 years, Mrs. Middleton-Grant served as the Director for a National HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance and Training Program to provide onsite and web-based training for HIV health providers as well as capacity building technical assistance for Ryan White program grantees
Mrs. Middleton-Grant currently serves as the Director of Health Communication for Ascender Communications, Inc.,providing oversight for special projects and to develop multimedia learning tools for health providers. Mrs. Middleton-Grant has a Master of Social Work degree from Howard University’s School of Social Work and Bachelors Degree in Psychology.

E-mail: tracey@ascender-c.com               Follow on Twitter: @TraceyMidGrant

 

Yul Sean Simmons | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Y. Sean Simmons has over eleven years of experience as a freelance director of photography/ cinematographer in Washington, DC where he has produced and/or filmed a number of network television specials including Lost Films of Diane Fosse, Growing up at Ground Zero, Attacks of the Mystery Shark, Tornado, Big Cats in Crisis, and The Druids of the Lamar. Prior to his freelance work, Mr. Simmons also held various positions as a technical equipment manager and assistance senior producer for National Geographic Television and Film. Within this position, he handled the coordination of special projects including the visual production and distribution of lighting and camera equipment for National Geographic Channel domestic and international broadcast syndication. 
Mr. Simmons holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/TV Production from the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC. He also studied media, film and video production at American University, Washington, DC.

E-mail: sean.satorired@gmail.com

Calvin E. Brown| ORIGINAL SCORE,MUSIC COMPOSER

 

Calvin Brown, a native of Richmond, Virginia was birthed musically in Black Church.  That is where he learned to understand music as a spiritual, emotionally impactful, and profoundly communal experience.  Calvin started playing the piano in church, and soon his interest in music prompted formal training in both jazz and classical traditions. A hunger and for learning has taken him to 3 different colleges, a harrowing 6 year experience after which he now holds a degree in Film Scoring.  Upon graduating from Berklee College of Music in the winter of 2011, Calvin is now based in New York City where he seeks to use to his giftsto that educate, encourage, and reflect the community he comes from, and beyond.

 

 

Sheila Brown, MSW, LCSW | SENIOR CONTENT ADVISOR

Sheila Brown has more than two decades of experience as a mental health professional and provider of clinical,  psycho-education and faith-based family counseling services. She has provided technical assistance and training to state and local level organizations that has included conducting parenting classes on ADHD child development and behavioral problems, consultation to families and individuals that have experienced trauma associated with domestic violence, substance abuse.  Ms. Brown served as an adjunct instructor, teaching faith-based counseling concepts, principles and methods for ministers and lay church leaders at the Evans Smith Institute at Virginia Union University. She holds a M.S.W, from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work and Planning and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University.