Meet our Producers: Lauren Shaw & Bob Nesson - Emerson College, Boston

After hearing the circumstances of  Clay's death, a close friend of ours encouraged us to think big and try to make a difference in Clay's memory.  That, combined with the desire of Clay's friends to tell their story in a manner which would capture the attention of other youth, the concept of a documentary spoken BY kids TO kids was born.

We have hired Lauren Shaw and Bob Nesson (both professors at Emerson College, Boston) as producers

of this film.  We decided if we were going to do this - we wanted to do it right. 

Lauren Shaw is a well-known photographer and documentary filmmaker whose work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States: Getty Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Art Institute Chicago, Library of Congress, High Museum, Farnsworth and Newark Museums. Her short documentary film: 2010, A Drop In the Bucket, won numerous awards and screened at
film festivals and museums across the US.  She completed her full-length documentary, 2014,  Angkor's Children, a film about Cambodia's cultural and artistic renaissance told through the voices of three young Cambodian women who are forerunners of the first generation after the Khmer Rouge genocide that killed two million people.
Lauren is the recipient of two National Endowment Regional Grants, LEF Foundation Grant,

and 12 Faculty Advancement Fund Grants. She was the first recipient of the Irma Stearns Mann Award at Emerson in 1993. She won the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award: Santa Fe Center for Photography, 2004.

Bob Nesson is an award-winning independent filmmaker and principal of Nesson Media Boston, Inc. He was recognized as Emerson's outstanding adjunct faculty member and received the Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.  Bob’s career includes filming on five continents on subjects of war and peace, the environment, art and culture.  For ten years Bob has been an adjunct professor at Emerson College, teaching his self-designed courses including Documentary for Social Action, Filmmaking and the Environment, and Urban Studies and Filmmaking.

Bob is the recipient of fellowships in film, journalism and environmental studies, including those

from the Flaherty Film Seminar and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Bob received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Fellowship

Award for Excellence in Film and Video in 2015.  


Department  of Visual & Media Arts

Emerson College


Department  of Visual & Media Arts

Emerson College

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Our mission:

to educate youth about Clay's death and promote his passion of connecting and appreciating people from different cultures and backgrounds.

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