The Team


Mark Susman, Executive Producer, is President of Fast Cut Films,, an award winning communications consulting company specializing in documentaries, motion graphics, still photography and post-production. Fast Cut has produced notable projects for a broad range of industries, from Fortune 500 companies to charitable organizations. Recent credits include post-production for several Texas Foundation for the Arts documentaries including the award-winning PBS documentary “The Prairie View A&M Story” and “The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses.”

Jim Bailey, Executive Producer, owns Sunset Productions, a Houston-based communications company specializing in television production and documentary films. Jim has won numerous awards including the Silver Screen Award at the Houston International Film Festival, and the Award for Creative Excellence at the U.S. Industrial Film Festival. Recent productions include “The Prairie View A&M Story,” “Student Athletes,” “Brushstrokes of South Texas: The Murals of Daniel Léchon,” “Sleeping with the Elephants,” “Uncommon Law: The Life of Leon Jaworski,” and the three-part documentary series, “The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses.”

Joe Kessler, Executive Producer, passionate blues enthusiast, blues guitarist and member of the DC Blues Society. Joe is Managing Partner of the Next-Stage Development Group, a founding partner in Bethesda Funding LLC and a former division CEO for Suntrust Bank. Joe is the proud owner of Lightnin’ Hopkins last three guitars which he keeps in public circulation. One is currently on display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Mike Snow, Producer, is an award-winning video and film director. With Fast Cut Films, Mike has worked as editor and director, working closely with Fortune 500 companies, and several charities. Mike has served as historical researcher on book projects and editor of numerous film documentaries.

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