Macky Alston is currently co-directing and producing ACTS OF REPARATION, a documentary feature and impact campaign following grassroots reparations initiatives aimed at healing historic injury caused by slavery and the Native American genocide across the US. Macky most recently produced and directed LOVE FREE OR DIE which premiered and won the Special Jury Prize for an Agent of Change at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS' Independent Lens. Alston’s first film, FAMILY NAME, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997 where it won the Freedom of Expression Award and later aired on PBS’ POV. Since then, he has produced and directed QUESTIONING FAITH (premiered Full Frame & Hot Docs International Film Festivals, aired HBO/Cinemax 2002), THE KILLER WITHIN(premiered Toronto International Film Festival 2006, aired Discovery Times 2007), and HARD ROAD HOME (premiered South by Southwest 2007, aired PBS’ Independent Lens 2008). Alston’s awards include the Gotham Open Palm Award and Emmy nominations for three of his films. He has appeared in press around the world, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and The New York Times.
Alston founded and directed Auburn Media, a program of Auburn Seminary that equipped more than 10,000 leaders of faith and moral courage to speak out for justice through the media. With Sarah Masters, he founded the Hartley Media Impact Initiative at Auburn Seminary, designed to equip communities of faith with documentary content that can help them advance justice. Previously, Alston served as Executive Director of the Hartley Film Foundation, a granting organization supporting documentaries on faith and justice.