Producer: James Ham
James is a married father of two who has a passion for writing, sports and family. Born and raised in the Sacramento area, James has an AB in history from the University of California at Davis.
James has covered the Sacramento Kings for the ESPN True Hoop affiliate, CowbellKingdom.com since 2010. It is in his role as a beat blogger that he developed friendships within the walls of Arco Arena, which further personalized the fight to keep the Kings in Sacramento.
In October of 2010, James joined forces with Blake Ellington, becoming one of the founding members of the grass roots campaign Here We Stay.
Producer: Blake Ellington
Blake is a writer, editor and passionate Kings fan from Sacramento. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a BA in Journalism and Government.
Blake has worked for several local newspapers including The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Business Journal and Elk Grove Citizen as a reporter, copy editor and research analyst. Additionally, Blake has worked in publishing for several State non-profit associations in various communications roles. As a blogger for the Sacramento Kings site bleedblackandpurple.com, he covered the 2009-10 and 2010-11 Kings seasons as well as the situation surrounding the potential relocation of the franchise to Anaheim and the effort to build a new arena in Sacramento.
To help give Sacramentans a voice in the discussion, he formed the Here We Stay grassroots movement in October 2010 to keep the Kings in Sacramento and build a new entertainment and sports complex.
Director: Tobin Halsey
Tobin Halsey is a long time Sacramento Area resident, who received his BA in English from Sacramento State University. Tobin is passionate about writing and has authored several short stories. Tobin has had his short stories and articles published in various publications and won the CSUS Bazzanella Literary Award for expository prose for The Dangerous Red Dot.
Over the last two years, Tobin has merged his passion for creating literary works with his passion for film and cinema, becoming a filmmaker. He has been the Director and Producer on two short films, The Terrycloth Monkey and The Sign Guy, the former based on a short story published originally as A Pawn Shop Acquisition, and the latter an entry in the Sacramento Film and Music Festival 10X10 event that was screened at the Crest Theater in August 2011.
Tobin is excited by the challenge of directing a documentary that is being told in real time and highlights the community he is a part of.
John Glover – Scoring/Composition/Engineering
Dean Glover – Sound Engineering
John and Dean Glover founded UpRock Audio in their garage, focusing all of their time and energy on honing their skills in recording and sound design. John started playing music at 14. After taking an interest in guitar, he began to teach himself how to listen for sound characteristics and learned to play by ear. He was recruited to play bass for and tour with a band out of Modesto, CA. After the band parted, John went back to school with a heavy focus in theory and recording.
Dean came into music accidentally. His appreciation for music began with his background in dance. Dean spent over ten years in the Sacramento b-boy scene spinning and flipping about as he developed a keen ear for hip-hop. After being exposed to Image-Line’s FL Studio, he spent the next few years making beats, experimenting and using computers and technology to gain an in-depth understanding of how modern digital audio recording works, eventually transitioning to live recording and mastering the art of mixing.
Together, the brothers have utilized their heart, passion, and pure enthusiasm for the craft of sound and music to grow their audio business. UpRock has been spreading its wings and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on film scoring and audio editing.
Web Development: Andy Kraus
Andy is a digital media and technology professional who produces web and social media properties for various types of organizations, including in education, the arts, and industry. He has played key information technology leadership roles for many organizations, including Dolby Laboratories, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, and St. Mary’s College of California. He holds a MS in Information Management from Syracuse University.
As a native of the Sacramento area and avid sports fan, Andy is excited to be a part of the movement this film is advancing.
Reece and Edward joined the Small Market, Big Heart crew for the filming of the Epilogue with Mayor Kevin Johnson and contributed graphics and time lapse footage for the original film. The duo run and operate Carbon Studios in Roseville, California and between them, they have more than 8 years of cinematography and photography experience.