Sign My Name to Freedom
Bryan Gibel is a director, producer and cinematographer living in Oakland, California. Originally from New Mexico, he earned a master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism documentary film program in 2012, where he was awarded the Mark Felt Fellowship for Investigative Reporting. At Berkeley, he directed, shot and edited Chicago Confessional, a 26-minute documentary film about wrongful convictions and an inmate’s fight for a new trial after 30 years in prison. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Betty Reid Soskin is America’s oldest park ranger, famous for tirelessly shedding light on the forgotten history of Jim Crow segregation in California. Back in the 1960s, Betty was also a singer/songwriter with a voice like Billie Holiday and the relevance of Nina Simone, but her songs haven’t been heard for 50 years. Sign My Name to Freedom is a feature documentary about Betty, her lost music and her family’s experiences confronting housing segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area.