L-R , Richard Walker, writer & producer, Cid Collins Walker, executive producer & director, Tom Fish, editor, Brian Grundstrom, composer, Felicia Barlow, producer, Laura Wickizer, production assistant, Front Row L-R, Tara Tappert, associate producer, John Metherell, producer.


Cid Collins Walker is the executive producer and director of Black Opal Productions and the documentary film ARC OF LIGHT: A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss. She has extensive experience in television and film production. Collins Walker has produced award-winning short films, documentaries, set design, creative direction, 2/3D animation, special effects, print design and brand management. She has worked as an art director, broadcast designer and animator in network and cable television. Her clients have included CBS and NBC networks, Black Entertainment Television, Discovery Networks, National Geographic, Atlantic Video, Universal Studios DVD Productions, and the Voice of America. Her prestigious awards in television and film include four Telly Awards for her work in production design.

Richard W. Walker, writer/producer for ARC OF LIGHT, is a journalist and art editor. He earned a B.A. degree in philosophy at the University of Maryland at College Park and did postgraduate study in philosophy at Columbia University. He also lectured at the University of Maryland on the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein for graduate students of Anne Truitt, a major American Minimalist artist. He was staff writer at ARTnews, the world's largest circulation art magazine, and managing editor of The ARTnewsletter, a biweekly report on the international art market. He also was founder, publisher and editor of The Art Law Report. He has written extensively about the history of the art market, lectured on the business and politics of collecting art at Pennsylvania State University and participated in seminars on art-related law and legislation.

Felicia M. Barlow serves as a producer for ARC OF LIGHT. She earned her M.A. in film and video production from American University and has worked on independent feature films, broadcast television shows, industrial and government videos, live events and large-scale conventions, as well as radio. She is the Principal at Reel Redhead and recently won two Peer Awards for producing and scriptwriting.

Tara Leigh Tappert is an independent scholar, archivist and American arts consultant. She holds a Ph.D. in American civilization from George Washington University where she wrote a doctoral dissertation on American artist Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942), one of the most successful portrait painters of her era. Dr. Tappert has been a guest curator, researcher, and archivist at such institutions as the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. Dr.. Tappert has also been an adjunct faculty member of the History of Decorative Arts Masters program at the Smithsonian and the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Her areas of expertise include American portraiture, women and art, 20th c. American craft, and the history of arts and healthcare.

John Metherell serves as a producer for ARC OF LIGHT. He is the owner of two video production companies: Albion Films LLC and Metherell Productions. He produces film and video for clients as varied as The Discovery Channel, Paramount Pictures, The U.S. Department of Energy, CNN and the BBC. Honors for his productions include a BAFTA for documentary production; a journalism citation from the Royal Television Society; nine Telly Awards; two Cine Golden Eagles; and recognition from several film festivals.

Brian Wilbur Grundstrom's compositions for film, orchestra, piano, quintet and other ensembles demonstrate an innovative use of harmony and melody, which although firmly rooted in the tonal tradition is entirely new. Audiences take to his compositions immediately, finding in his compositions traces of Aaron Copland, Kurt Weill and Samuel Barber.

Dave Biesinger, Director of Photography for ARC OF LIGHT is the executive producer of DNA Films in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was formerly creative director at 10 Speed Media, director at TenFold University at TenFold Corporation, and producer at Moving Pictures LLC. His clients include the Walt Disney Company, AMC and Lifetime TV Networks and Black Opal Productions LLC.

Tom Fish, Editor for ARC OF LIGHT is a graduate student at American University studying film and electronic media with an emphasis on video postproduction. His graduate work included a one-year internship with Longtale Films where he worked with thirty-year filmmaking veteran, Larry Engel, on both the production and postproduction of APOLOGY, a feature-length indie film produced in 2007.