Kathy Conkwright and Mary Makley have been collaborating on award winning documentaries for nearly a decade. Their film credits include topics as diverse as political and social history, music, civil rights, public education, and state government budgets. Their films have won eight Mid-South Regional Emmys, and three national (Gracie and NETA) awards. The partners’ production, The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken, was acquired by the flagship PBS series, American Experience. MakeWright Films’ current feature-length documentary, Southern Belle, premiered at the Nashville Film Festival in April 2010. The film examines the 1861 Athenaeum Girls’ School where young women eagerly sign up to become that iconic image of Southern identity: the Southern belle.
Producer / Director / Writer
Before becoming an independent producer/director, Conkwright worked for five years as a staff producer for Nashville Public Television (NPT). She spent nine years in New York working with Bill Moyers and Frontline (PBS), Turning Point (ABC), Dateline (NBC), and senior associate producing an independent-feature length documentary that premiered at Sundance and broadcast on the PBS series P.O.V. Conkwright has also taught documentary production classes at Vanderbilt and Fisk University and served on two local film boards for a decade. She is presently getting her MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in New York City.
Producer / Editor / Writer
Makley has been an independent producer and freelance editor for nine years. Clients include Nashville Public Television, Country Music Television, Time Life Music. She is currently producing and executive producing a series of seven documentaries titled Children’s Health Crisis for Nashville Public Television. She co-produced the PBS documentary, Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, & the Presidency. Prior to becoming independent, Makley worked for eleven years at WGBY TV (PBS) in Springfield, MA, producing and editing documentary and educational programming for local and national distribution.