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Morris AbrahamMorris Abraham, Director

Director Morris Abraham has nearly three decades of experience working in Hollywood with some of the biggest names in the business. He has achieved widespread recognition during his career. He has directed a wide range of network series and specials programming.

Morris has directed, produced, and consulted on major television series and specials, talk shows, award shows, game shows, and music series.

Morris is currently working on producing his own projects and has several shows in development and in the pilot phase of production.


Tavares BeverlyTavares Beverly, Producer, Director & Actor

Tavares began an acting career at the ripe age of 15, on the Emmy award winning TV show “The Awakening”. Attended Florida Memorial University, while in college he participated in plays like, “Gods Trombones”, “A Tribute to Harlem”, “and “Danm Yankees”. He moved to L.A. and appeared in such TV shows as “Girlfriends”, “Seventh Heaven”, “Boston Public”, and “E.R.”. Tavares launched his Miami and LA based production company “Beverly Boy Productions”. Over the years Tavares has produced over 20 TV commercials, , 10 theatrical plays and 6 TV shows. Tavares has appeared in numerous publications in recognition of his work, and was recently named “young Producer of the year” by YGB Publications. In 2002 Tavares was appointed to sit on the Miami Dade Film and Entertainment Advisory Board.


Carl KesserCarl Kesser, Documentary Filmmaker

Carl Kesser is an award winning filmmaker who has worked in the film industry in Miami for the past 44 years. His documentary Miami, The Magic City has been running on TV for the past 28 years winning him 3 Emmy's for that project. He recently came back from Africa working for WWF in environmental projects.



Robert RosenbergRobert Rosenberg, Writer / Director

Mr. Rosenberg has been working as an independent filmmaker, artist and curator for two decades. Mr. RosenbergĀ¹s work has focused on such topics as gender and sexuality, AIDS, the workplace, and Latino/a issues. His Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community received an Emmy Award for Best Historical program in 1986, after a theatrical run in the United States and widespread international distribution. His current projects include the development of his first fiction feature film, Biscayne Boulevard. Mr. Rosenberg has also worked as a curator and programmer for a number of film festivals and museums. He is the founder and former director (1998-2002) of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, an internationally recognized event which was cited in 2000 and again in 2002 as the Best Film Festival in Miami by the New Times weekly. His work has been supported by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Ford Foundation, the Dade Human Rights Foundation, Individual Artists' Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a State of Florida Individual Artists' Fellowship.

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