Jane Hunt Meade was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and grew up in Stuttgart, Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas and upon graduation taught junior high school in both Stuttgart and Springdale for more than a decade.
She moved to Little Rock in 1996 where she spent the next eighteen years. She joined the Board of Directors of Methodist Family Health with her focus on Arkansas Cares, an organization dedicated to women with substance abuse issues, children, and foster care. Jane worked tirelessly during her time in Little Rock on the boards of three nonprofits, assisting those on or below the poverty level and helping improve the foster care system.
After relocating to Northwest Arkansas, she has met with countless nonprofits in both Benton and Washington counties, focusing on issues concerning poverty. In 2018 Jane founded a philanthropy group in Northwest Arkansas that is continually growing and now has 25 members meeting monthly. She is currently in development of an organization dealing with the needs of affordable childcare and early childhood education as a model for the entire state of Arkansas.
Benjamin Meade was born in Warrensburg, Missouri, on September 16, 1955. Meade grew up around the arts in Kansas City with his minister father and music teacher mother.
He attended the Music Conservatory in Kansas City and went on to study film at Central Missouri State University. While working as a successful financial consultant for nearly thirty years, Meade continued his academic career. He received a master's degree in American History and a Ph.D. in Film and Theatre from the University of Kansas.
An award winning filmmaker, he has produced numerous experimental short films and feature documentaries and has worked in various capacities on several large-budget productions. He has numerous academic publications and presentations in film and psychology, and he authored the book, Experimental Film: The Missing Frames, which was published in 2012.
Meade is a fellow at the Society for the Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image in Copenhagen, Denmark. He taught film at Janus Pannonius University in Pécs, Hungary, the University of Kansas, and Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. Meade is founder of the Kansas International Film Festival and former president and board chairman of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute. He joins the faculty at the University of Arkansas in 2019 in the Department of Communication. He is owner of Cosmic Cowboy Studio, an audio and film/video production facility in Fayetteville.
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