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The Compassion Project

About the Filmmakers

Thomas Wade Jackson ~ Director

5f8313_89ce1ca80abd4da290281b4d36cd736aThomas is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and musician. He received his Masters Degree from Florida State University’s prestigious College of Motion Picture Arts, where his thesis film, Slow Dancin’ Down the Aisles of the QuickCheck won both the Student Academy Award and the Student Emmy Award, as well as 20 other awards and honors. The film’s screenplay, and an interview with Thomas, is included in the fourth edition of the book Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, published by Focal Press.

Jackson recently directed the feature film Mind the Gap, currently in post-production. Thomas has lived and worked in New York, Nashville and LA, and currently resides in North Florida working as a photographer and digital media artist.

He began his vegan journey in 2005 while living in Manhattan. It wasn’t until after the birth of his daughter in 2012, however, that he became “activated,” and found his passion and purpose in helping to create a more compassionate, peaceful world to leave his daughter and the children of all earthlings, no matter their species.

Victoria Moran & Main Street Vegan Productions ~ Producer

5f8313_da583ab8cfa049a2a4eb819e805c3342While earning an undergraduate degree in religious studies at North Central College in suburban Chicago, Victoria Moran received a Richter Fellowship for Foreign Study, leading to the 1985 publication of one of the first books ever written on veganism, Compassion the Ultimate Ethic.

Since then, Victoria has become a sought-after speaker and the bestselling author of twelve books including Main Street Vegan, Creating a Charmed Life, and The Love-Powered Diet. Fans of her work range from Michael Moore to Ellen Degeneres, and she was featured twice on Oprah.

Known for combining the ethical, spiritual, and health aspects of enlightened vegan living, Moran hosts of the weekly Main Street Vegan podcast; directs Main Street Vegan Academy, an in-person program in NYC to train and certify vegan lifestyle coaches; and she’s president of Main Street Vegan Productions, backing films and events that promote a kinder, gentler world.