Cindy L. Abel | Director / Producer / Writer
Director and Producer Cindy L. Abel formed Atlantis Moon Productions in 2007 to develop film-related projects that launch conversations and impact popular culture. Her first full-length documentary, the award-winning BREAKING THROUGH, was conceived in response to the high number of teens who were taunted because of being gay or perceived to be and committing suicide. Having struggled with coming out, Abel knew the importance of having positive role models and wanted to highlight openly LGBT leaders living authentic and fulfilled lives.
In addition to BREAKING THROUGH, she directed shorts DISTURB THE UNIVERSE and BACK TO SALEM. Abel also combines her experience in managing multi-million dollar, award-winning communications projects with filmmaking to create videos and webisodes for corporate and public affairs clients. She previously served as Co-Chair of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Vice-Chair of Atlanta Film Festival 365 and Vice President of Communications of Women in Film & Television Atlanta.
Michael Bruno | Director of Photography / Editor
Director of Photography and Editor Michael Bruno applies the art of filmmaking to his commitment to equality in BREAKING THROUGH. Driven by a desire to show the truth about LGBT people and the struggle for full civil rights, he delivers visually compelling footage and skillfully weaves traditional editing techniques with cutting edge motion graphics.
Bruno began his career filming musicians and concerts and creating instrumental tutorial DVDs and music videos. He was the Director of Photography for SEX, BRAINS AND ROCK'N'ROLL, an independent zombie musical and THE PLAZA THEATRE 75th anniversary documentary and worked extensively with Georgia Public Broadcasting filming and editing television productions, interstitials and short films. He applies these skills to his work with Atlantis Moon Productions, creating videos and webisodes for corporate and public affairs clients.
Denise Gentilini | Composer
Specializing in film music, Denise Gentilini is a three-time Emmy award winning composer with 30 years experience in music composition and production. After 20 years of performing and doing session work in Los Angeles, Denise moved to Colorado where she owns and operates a digital recording/video editing studio and produces artists as well as composing music for independent films and documentaries.
Denise is also a humanitarian whose love and compassion has led her to become “the voice for the voiceless” in creating genocide awareness. Denise has served on the boards of the Armenians of Colorado and the Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Action which have been responsible for major social change on a local, national and international level. She is the creator of WE ARE VOICES ®, a dynamic, annual Denver music concert event that raises awareness and funds for causes such as autism, LGBT issues, and ending genocide.
Kenneth Britt | Executive Producer
Ken retired as the Executive Director of Alston & Bird LLP in August 2009 after serving as the Firm’s top administrator for 30 years. Britt was recently Co-Chair of the Board of the Human Rights Campaign, is on the Board Nominating Committee of ACLU of Georgia and serves as a member of the CHRIS Kids Capital Campaign Committee. He has been honored for his fundraising and commitment to the community through awards such as the establishment of the Kenneth F. Britt Honors Service award at AID Atlanta; the Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award from Human Rights Campaign’s Atlanta Steering Committee; and Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professionals/Atlanta. Ken has served on the boards of the Midtown Alliance, The Atlanta Opera, CHRIS Kids, Inc., AID Atlanta, Georgia Equality and the City of Atlanta’s Human Relations Commission, and as Campaign Chair for openly gay and lesbian candidates such as Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan and Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner.
Barbara Rubin | Producer
Barbara Rubin has been organizing and enrolling people in her vision since she was a child. Whether as a five year-old entrepreneur (setting up a “toy store” at home moments before her generous grandfather came to “shop”), or a teen-ager convincing her high school administrators that increasing girls’ athletic opportunities to the level boys already enjoyed was simply “the right thing to do,” she knew how to communicate a message that made her audience want to support causes near and dear to her heart. She has since translated those skills to a successful career in psychology, project management and non-profit fund raising and event planning. She also worked on several 2011 plays and films, including providing logistics during auditions for award-winning Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s production of LAKEBOTTOM PROPER, serving as assistant stage manager for the Santa Fe (New Mexico) Playhouse’s production of COLE, and as script supervisor for the short film WITHIN. An award-winning writer, she has also held board leadership positions with AEN, Atlanta's premiere LGBT professional networking group, and AIDS Survival Project, and raised funds for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and candidates running for local, state and Congressional offices. As a Producer for Breaking Through, she coordinates logistics ranging from event planning and production to fundraising and lead development.
Michael McAllister | Associate Producer / Camera
First inspired to make films when watching Steven Spielberg direct THE COLOR PURPLE in North Carolina, Michael attended UNC/Chapel Hill in the Television/Motion Picture Department. During that time he worked as a Production Assistant/Grip on Sam Raimi's production EVIL DEAD 2. He has won several film/video awards, including Award for Cinematography at the University of North Carolina for BEYOND THE LAST THOUGHT and 1st place in Paramount Pictures PET SEMATARY 2 Video Promotion. Michael co-produced TREASURE HUNTERS, which screened at numerous film festivals nationwide, winning Best Documentary Short at the F4 Film Festival in Massachusetts. In 2004, he completed a Master's Degree in Film/Video/Digital Imaging at Georgia State University and subsequently promoted his feature film LAST RIDE on the film festival circuit. Having completed his second graduate degree in Professional Counseling, he is researching ways to integrate the techniques of filmmaking in a mental health group therapy.