Director's Bio


 Director, writer, actor, designer and film producer, Royston Scott is a native of Baltimore Md. and a graduate of NYU's Experimental Theater Wing. Royston’s many stage credits include several Off-Broadway productions at numerous NYC venues such as, The Public Theater, La Mama, P.S. 122, and The Guggenheim Museum. Company work includes En Garde Arts, Chashama, as well as with Dar A Luz’s "Tight, Right, White" in NYC and Europe. He has acted in numerous independent films including the Icelandic feature “No Is No Answer” and can be seen in the B-52’s“Love Shack” video.

 Along with comedy sketches for public access television, his production company Real Cheap Film has completed the comedic trilogy of short films “Black Moments In Great History”. Entitled “Freedom Ho’, or Harriet Tubman’s Tale”, “Louis The Fourteenth Street” and “Tomorrow Always Comes – a film noir sex romp comedy thriller” all written, directed, and produced by him. Their screenings include The Black Film Festival of Berlin, The Experimental Film Festival of Bangkok, NYC’s Howl Festival, The Pioneer Theater and The Anthology Film Archives.

 His close personal relationship to the subject matter makes “The Sara Spencer Washington Story” his first documentary, is a true labor of love.


Photo credit Maria Cobb

Photo credit Maria Cobb

Producer - Royston Scott

Associate Producer - Jacob Burckhardt

Writer - Royston Scott

Cinematographer - Jacob Burckhardt

                              - Royston Scott (additional footage)

Editor - Jacob Burckhardt

Score - Matt Chiasson

Musicians - Matt Chiasson - keyboards, saxophone and clarinet 

                 - Tom Pollard - percussion

Incidental Music - Marc Ribot

Interviewees -

Etta Nelson Francisco

Edythe Greene

Jeanette Hall

Robert Hayes

Ralph Hunter

The Honorable Nelson Johnson

Allen "Boo" Pergament

Mary Saddler



Vicki Gold Levi

Heather Perez

Leslie Willis

The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey

Atlantic City Free Public Library

St. Augustine's Church

The Charles T. Blockson Afro American Collection of Temple University

The Cooper Union Film Department

Digital Harlem Blog

Matt Chiasson

Thomas Hayes

Wesley Hayes

Kenneth Hill

Justin Kauffman

Bryan Keller

Marco Monti

Linda Saddler

Paul Saddler