The Scouts' Oath
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Tom Shepard

Tom Shepard co-produced and edited Camp Lavender Hill, an award-winning documentary about the first summer camp in the U.S. for children with gay and lesbian parents. Camp Lavender Hill aired on public television, Free Speech Television, and CNN's International Insight. It has won a number of awards including the National Educational Media Network Apple. Previously, Shepard worked as an editor at National Public Radio for Linda Wertheimer and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. At NPR, he co-produced Listening to America, an audio documentary on the history of public radio in America. He graduated from Stanford University where he majored in biology and film.



Tina DiFeliciantonio (Principal Photography)
Tina DiFeliciantonio has produced, directed, edited and shot numerous award-winning documentary films for HBO, USA Networks, MTV and ITVS/PBS. Some of her past shooting credits include Gay Youth, Family Values, and The Return of Sarah's Daughters. Most recently, she directed and produced Two or Three Things, But Nothing for Sure, which broadcast on POV. Her ITVS production, Girls Like Us, received an Emmy and a top award at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. She is a graduate of the Documentary Film Program at Stanford University.

Jim Klein (Editor)
Producer, Director and Editor Jim Klein has earned two Academy Award nominations for his early films Seein Red and Union Maids. More recently his work has been seen on national public television including Taken for a Ride, Letter to the Next Generation, and If I Can't Do It. Klein teaches film and video production at Wright State in Yellow Springs, Ohio and is the co-founder of New Day Films, a grassroots distributor of social issue films.

Meg Moritz, Ph.D (Story Editor/Writer)
Meg Moritz is Associate Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She joined the faculty in 1986 and is also currently head of the School's Electronic Media Sequence. Professor Moritz was a news producer and documentary maker at NBC in Chicago from 1975-1986. For NBC, she produced The Scars of Belfast about the children of Northern Ireland which won the Gold Medallion award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Her independently produced documentaries, From Budapest to Boulder: The Takacs String Quartert and When Diamonds Were a Girl's Best Friend have aired on PBS stations around the country. Professor Moritz has focused her academic publications on representations of gays and lesbians in the news media and entertainment fields. She sat on the national board of directors for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) from 1986-1998.

Miriam Cutler (Composer)
Miriam Cutler has been writing, producing, and performing music for over 20 years. Getting her start in bands including the popular Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo she developed her own recording studio and moved from live performance into composing full time. By pursuing her passion for documentaries, she has been able to combine her love of music and film with meaningful and activist projects. These include the award winning Licensed to Kill, Double Life of Ernesto Gomez Gomez, Hidden Neighborhoods of San Francisco - The Castro, Death a Love Story, Shattered Lullabies, Slender Existence and of course, Scouts Honor. Her scoring credits also include many features, short films, TV shows, and a circus.

Linda Alband (Administration and Distribution Coordinator)
Linda Alband is a published writer who consults on film and literary arts projects. She has a background in graphic arts, computer programming, and small business administration. She was author Randy Shilts's business associate from 1988-1994. During the course of her work with Mr. Shilts, Ms. Alband coordinated research and editing on his best-selling book Conduct Unbecoming, managed his personal business, and produced his public memorial service. She has served on the boards of the Bay Area Military Studies Group and the Restitution Project, and was a member of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) National Steering Committee. Ms. Alband's recent credits for film include Out for a Change (researcher and distribution development); All God's Children (associate producer and distribution development); Camp Lavender Hill (distribution consultant); and Straight from the Heart (distribution consultant).

Martin Meeker (Historical Researcher)
Martin Meeker is a historical writer, researcher and lecturer. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Southern California. Meeker's work in documentary includes primary historical research on If these Walls Could Talk, II, an HBO series on the history of gay male lives in New York. Meeker has published a number of essays and articles in journals ranging from Ex Post Facto to The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review. He is co-editor of Queer Frontiers: Millennial Genders, Generations, and Geographies (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999). He currently teaches history at San Francisco State University.

D. Stuart Harrison (Executive Producer)
D. Stuart Harrison is a major supporter of lesbian and gay film and video groups and of organizations defending lesbian and gay youth. Formerly the fund advisor of the Tzabaco Catalog Lesbian and Gay Community Fund, he served on the boards of directors of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and VentureOne, Inc.

Board of Advisors
Kevin Jennings, Executive Director, Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network
Dee Mosbacher, Ph. D., M.D., Executive Director Woman Vision
Leroy Aarons, Former Editor-in-Chief, Oakland Tribune
Charles Kaiser, Author and Journalist
Tom Rielly, Founder and CEO, Digital Queers/Planet Out
Nancy Kates, Documentary Filmmaker

Director's Statement