RICHARD KANE is an independent director whose work is focused on the intersection of art and contemporary American life. His previous film release, Imber´s Left Hand, is the fifteenth in the Maine Masters collection, a New England Emmy-nominated series of portraits that airs on public television and has received the commitment of American Public Television (APT) to market the series to the 365 public television affiliates. Imber´s Left Hand continues on the festival tour and has to date won four BEST FILM Audience Awards. It is now represented by Film Movement, distributor of critically acclaimed independent films. The series is fiscally sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists, a 501(c)(3) non profit educational institution. All contributions are tax deductible. With partner MELODY LEWIS-KANE, their company, Kane-Lewis Productions, has worked for National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the White House Office of Technology Policy among many others. Kane-Lewis produced the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s 50th anniversary film Protecting the Nature of Maine, an indie doc ROCK SOLID: The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium and the classic award-winning documentary M.C. Richards: The Fire Within. J. Fred Woell: An American Vision will be the 17th episode and has been recently released. From 2007-2016 Richard served as chair of the Maine Film & Video Association.
MELODY LEWIS-KANE is a potter, arts educator and filmmaker and is the primary consultant on all arts and education films produced by Kane-Lewis Productions. She is Richard Kane’s partner in their production company and often acts as producer and interview. For Imber’s Left Hand Melody’s role was co-producer, interviewing several subjects and participating in all editing reviews. She was the producer of the documentary M.C. Richards: The Fire Within, selected for 12 film festivals winning Best Film at the Image Gazer Film Festival, and produced a series of arts–in-education teacher training films for the John F. Kennedy Center Education Department. Melody produced and co-wrote Arts & History: Storytelling funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Kennedy Center Education Department. She is the author of four arts-in-education curriculum guides including the guide that accompanies the Maine Masters film Stephen Pace: Maine Master, a film that was nominated for a New England Emmy Award.
ROBERT SHETTERLY is Richard Kane's primary collaborator on his films about art and artists. Robert Shetterly was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated in 1969 from Harvard College with a degree in English Literature. At Harvard he took some courses in drawing which changed the direction of his creative life -- from the written word to the image. Also, during this time, he was active in Civil Rights and in the Anti-Vietnam War movement. After college and moving to Maine in 1970, he taught himself drawing, printmaking, and painting. For twelve years he created the editorial page drawings for The Maine Times newspaper, illustrated National Audubon's children's newspaper Audubon Adventures, and approximately 30 books. Since 2002 he has been painting a series of portraits titled "Americans Who Tell the Truth" that highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. The portraits now number over 250. The exhibits have been traveling around the country since 2003. Venues have included everything from university museums and grade school libraries to sandwich shops, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and the Superior Court in San Francisco. To date, the exhibits have visited 27 states. In 2005, Dutton published a book of the portraits by the same name. In 2006, the book won the top award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate non-fiction. Rob has been an extraordinary asset to our team in the making of this series of films on Great American Artists. He is our primary interviewer and consultant on all stages of post production.