Full Court

The Spencer Haywood Story

Full Court - The Spencer Haywood Story

The Filmmakers

Dwyane Clark - Executive Producer

Dwyane Clark - Executive Producer

Dwayne J. Clark is an entrepreneur, executive producer, author and theater producer with a passion for telling true stories that inspire and uplift audiences. 

Dwayne has authored several books: My Mother, My Mother Son, the autobiography of his life with a mother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Saturday’s with GG, a children’s book to help children navigate life with a parent with Alzheimer’s, and Help Wanted, a book about how to recruit and hire exceptional staff. He has also produced theater with his stage production at Seattle’s renowned ACT Theater: 7-Ways to Get There, a true story of his experience in men’s group therapy becoming a hit. 

Born in Pasco, Washington, Dwayne he grew up poor and rose to become one of Seattle’s best known CEO’s, Dwayne Clark leads 2,000 employees across the west coast as operator of award winning Aegis Living, a senior assisted living company with 6 new developments in progress. Dwayne is also a restaurateur and café owner of Queen Bee. He’s a recognized philanthropist who also dedicates his time to supporting more than 70 local and global charities. With his prolific career, Dwayne is an in-demand public speaker. 

Most recently, he produced the highly anticipated documentary, Full Court: The Spencer Haywood Story, premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival in late Spring 2016. He is also championing the art of true storytelling by partnering with SIFF to provide an annual $50,000 grant to a Seattle-based documentary filmmaker. Dwayne lives with his family in Seattle and a world traveler who enjoys different cultures.

 

Andy Streitfeld - Executive Producer

Andy Streitfeld - Executive Producer

Andy Streitfeld is the founder of AMS Pictures, a Dallas-based multi-media company. An avid filmmaker, techno-geek and natural entrepreneur since childhood, Andy earned a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast and film from New York University, paying for his college years by running an inner city television studio teaching kids how to produce community programming. In 1982, with a loan from his 88-year-old grandmother, Andy founded AMS Productions in the spare bedroom of his small home in Bedford, Texas. Today, the company has more than 65 full-time employees, with facilities and staff in both Dallas and Austin. 

AMS has become a magnet for creative talent and a reliable partner for some of America’s most well-known brands. While building a successful business serving the corporate and broadcast marketplace, under Andy’s leadership AMS has always had a passion for creating communication products that make a real difference in the lives of people, families and communities. This commitment to creating meaningful programming led Andy to apply 34 years of experience in creative media and visual storytelling to create original programs that inspire, provoke and entertain. 

The body of work produced under the rubric of AMS Pictures includes Black History Uncovered, a series of documentaries on African America history as well as other titles on social issues, history, and culture. Andy’s dream is that documentaries become as popular as American Idol!

 

Martin Spirit - Director / Editor

Martin Spirit - Director / Editor

Being English, Martin was raised on a healthy sports diet of cricket and soccer. So when he first heard he was going to direct and tell the story of an NBA star, he was a little apprehensive. Although cricket is still his favorite sport, Martin now has a great appreciation for the game of basketball and what it means to people like Spencer. Having the opportunity to tell Spencer’s story has been a wonderful journey for Martin. When they first met, Martin said he could read Spencer’s thoughts, “Why is this British guy directing this?” Both of their concerns lasted only moments and they soon had a great working relationship. Martin’s favorite part of the production was taking Spencer back to Mississippi to his roots. They had some amazing days in Silver City and of course the visual canvas of the cotton fields where a director’s dream. Martin has worked in just about very genre of filming-making, but being allowed to tell someone’s story has always been his most satisfying creative outlet. The Himalayan Mountains, the jungles of Borneo, combat zones in Iraq, and South Africa...these are just a few of the places that AMS Pictures’ most nomadic showrunner Martin Spirit can call home. Originally from Jersey, UK, the expat started his career with BBC News, ITV, and the Travel Channel UK before settling in Texas. 

Once here, he quickly made a name for himself as one of Dallas’ premier commercial editors/effects artists, specializing in FCP, Smoke, Fire/Henry, and the full Adobe suite. In 2011, Martin was part of the team of editors who produced Vietnam in HD for History Channel. He then became a showrunner producing and directing nonfiction programs for Discovery Channel, HGTV, History Channel, Destination America, and FOX Sports.

Kim Clemons - Producer / Writer

Kim Clemons - Producer / Writer

Although Kim played many sports growing up, basketball wasn’t one of them. But her father – who’s Spencer Haywood’s exact age – remembered Spencer Haywood from a knowledgeable fan’s perspective and had lots of stories to share. Between that, and talking to Spencer for hours, Kim quickly learned that Spencer’s story was a universal tale of redemption and triumph that every man, woman and child could somehow relate to... and that’s all she needed for inspiration to paint his life’s canvas. Kim is beyond proud to help bring Spencer’s remarkable journey to the masses. 

Kim moved to Dallas by way of Santa Cruz, California. Since moving to the “Big D,” Kim has written, reported and produced for local television and syndicated radio shows. During a 5 year stint in New York, Kim produced NBC’s The Ainsley Harriott Show, the syndicated show, Crossing Over with John Edward and A&E’s hit reality show, Growing Up Gotti. When Kim grew weary of the harsh New York winters, she relocated back to Dallas and produced several shows, including Bridezillas for WEtv. 

Since joining AMS Pictures in 2006, Kim has had the opportunity to produce a wide range of television series including Ma’s Roadhouse (TruTV), Girl Meets Gown (WEtv), Murder Made Me Famous (Reelz) and the documentary on Herb Jeffries - the first black, movie cowboy - called, A Colored Life. 

Kim lives in Lewisville, Texas with her husband Vince and son, Jaden.

 

Donn Wilkerson - Composer/Original Music

Donn Wilkerson
- Composer/Original Music

Two-time Emmy nominated composer, Donn Wilkerson has enjoyed a long and varied career creating music for film, television as well live performances and the concert stage.  Mr. Wilkerson has scored well over a hundred episodes of various television shows over the years. He recently has been the composer for Close To Home on CBS, Three Wishes, ABC, along with All My Children, ABC.   In addition, Mr. Wilkerson’s music appears worldwide in literally dozens of television shows annually, including network promos, NBC Dateline,HomelandJimmy Kimmel LiveReal Time with Bill Maher and NFL Films, to name a few.

Wilkerson’s orchestration talents can be found on several feature films, including, Patch AdamsSimon BirchThe Out of Towners, andGeorge Of The Jungle, among others.

As an arranger, Mr. Wilkerson has worked with such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Nelson Riddle, Olivia Newton John, Earl Klugh, Andrae’ Crouch and served as Music Director and Composer for Disney On Ice, as well as an arrangements for the Grammy and Emmy Awards.

Wilkerson has composed well over a hundred orchestral works, some of which have been performed by several symphony orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Mr. Wilkerson currently resides on the Monterey Peninsula with his wife, Jenny and their cat, Zissou.

 

Taylor Witt - Cinematographer

Taylor Witt - Cinematographer

From critically acclaimed documentaries to cooking shows, Taylor Witt is the go-to cinematographer for Texas based video production company AMS Pictures. Since graduating from University of Oklahoma in 2008, Taylor has been responsible for the look and shooting style of over 70 hours of original programming for major cable networks like History Channel, HGTV, Cooking Channel and Investigation Discovery. Currently he is the director of photography for Reelz Channel’s hit show, Murder Made Me Famous.

Taylor lives in Dallas, Texas with his producer wife, Katie, and son Greyson.

True Productions is a Seattle-based creative production company created from the love of storytelling. Founded by Dwayne J. Clark, True Productions consists of driven and skilled network of seasoned professionals and experienced talent. We mine for stories to tell in film, play and written work.

We seek truth captured beneath the surface of a tale. We ultimately seek stories that need to be told. And we hope to explore the possibilities to challenge and change the landscape – whether that is film, stage, or written work. Read more at www.Trueproductions.us

AMS Pictures is a Texas-based creative media company comprised of master storytellers who use digital media tools to create unique experiences that engage, enlighten and entertain audiences. .What began over thirty years ago as a one-man company specializing in tape duplication, has since grown to be the largest full-service creative and production agency in the Southwest. AMS Pictures now caters to a wide variety of clientele, including broadcast networks, public interest groups, government agencies, and corporate and commercial clients. www.amspictures.com