Masud Olufani is an actor and visual artist who has been performing professionally for ten years. Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in New York he graduated from Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey and received a BA in fine art from Morehouse College. He earned an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
The versatile actor and performer has appeared in Being Mary Jane for BET, Devious Maids on the Lifetime Network, and will be a featured actor in Line of Sight Johnathan Demme’s upcoming television series for the A&E Network. He has had lead roles as Malcolm X in Jeff Stetson’s award winning play The Meeting, J. Max Barber in Addaei Moon’s Four Days of Fury: The Atlanta Race Riots of 1906, and Thomas in True Colors Theater Company’s dramatic reading of Regina Taylor’s original play Magnolia.
In addition to acting Mr. Olufani has had group and solo exhibitions of his visual art in Chicago, Illinois, Richmond, Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia, New Orleans, Louisiana, Lacoste, France, and Hong Kong. He currently lives in Atlanta where he is completing a residency for the TCP Arts Foundation.
Bruce Burkhardt is an award-winning reporter and documentary producer who most recently wrote and produced the highly successful GPB original production, Augusta's Master Plan: From Sherman's March to Arnie's Army. Burkhardt spent 14 years as a CNN correspondent before embarking on a career as an independent film maker. Recognized for being a natural story-teller with a distinct "everyman" presence, Burkhardt has been honored with numerous awards including National Emmy, two CableAce Awards and the National Headliner Award He won a CableAce Award for a documentary titled "America's Cup" which he produced, wrote and hosted. The program which was shot almost entirely in Costa Rica explored the environmental and human costs of America's love affair with coffee.
Burkhardt also won a national Emmy award for his contributions to a documentary about the devastating Mississippi River floods of 1994. He was a contributer to CNNs longstanding documentary series, CNN Presents, most notably as the sole host and reporter of a program titled "Summer of Fire" about the 2002 forest fires that consumed much of the West.
Burkhardt was a correspondent and one of the hosts for the experimental newsmagazine, "American Edge" which turned out to be an ideal outlet for his ﬁnely observed pieces on American life and culture. In the inaugural program, he invited viewers to join him as an atomic tourist on a road trip to famous sites of nuclear history in the American Southwest. In 1998, Burkhardt was among the core team of correspondents for the news magazine programs, CNN Newsstand/Fortune and CNN Newsstand/Entertainment weekly.
Jessica Gurell is a graphic designer and artist who has been working with Georgia Public Broadcasting for nearly five years. She has lent her hand to many GPB programs and documentaries including Today In Georgia History, Fast Forward, and Georgia Outdoors. Jessica received a Southeastern Emmy Award in 2011 for Graphic Arts/Animation for contributions to these programs and others.
Brian Kucinski is an editor and EMMY Award winning sound designer who contributes to a myriad of GPB productions including Georgia Traveler (Editor) and Georgia Outdoors (Sound Designer). He won an EMMY for his contributions to the sound design and postproduction mix of Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel, a GPB Original Production. He also contributes his editing skills to Disney Channel and Disney XD, cutting short form promo videos for Disney’s “This Is Who I Am” and “My Life” series, highlighting Disney’s new and upcoming on-camera talent.
Originally from the outskirts of Pittsburgh, PA, Brian received a BA in English from Penn State University. As a musician and songwriter, Brian developed a passion for the recording arts and relocated to Savannah, GA, where he applied and expanded his passion for sound design and filmmaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he earned an MFA in Sound Design for Film and Television. While in Savannah he began his professional career in television as a production sound mixer and relocated to Atlanta to explore filmmaking opportunities with GPB.
Brian is proud to be an integral member of the “37 Weeks: Sherman on the March” team, as it has been a lifelong goal of his to work on a Civil War production, observing this trying period in American history.