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Principals for the Documentary Project

Mario Congreve
Mario Congreve is an Emmy Award-winning director of photography of numerous documentaries and educational programs. Born in Chile, Mario studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University.  He achieved Academy Award consideration in 2005 for the short documentary film Victims of Another War: The Aftermath of Parental Alienation. He has filmed in over 35 countries and has worked on various documentaries for PBS and The History Channel, most recently, Sarah Cecilie, Bobby Slick Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier, Greetings from Fire Island, and Cuba: A Lifetime of Passion. His Emmy Award winning documentary Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution is currently airing on PBS and Netflix. Mario has worked as a staff producer at CSUDH for over 30 years and has also taught video production courses at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Matthew Luckett
Matthew Luckett is an American History instructor and academic coordinator for the Humanities External Master's Degree program at CSUDH. He received his B.A. from Southeast Missouri State University (2003), and holds both a M.A. (Marquette, 2005) and Ph.D. (UCLA, 2014) in history. Dr. Luckett is also working on his book manuscript, entitled Honor among Thieves: Horse Stealing and Culture in Western Nebraska, 1850 - 1890, for the University of Nebraska Press. 

Dr. Luckett's familiarity with the events explored in Earthshaking began when he was a child. As a nine-year-old boy growing up in Affton, Missouri, he vividly remembers Dr. Browning's prediction that an earthquake would likely strike the Midwest on December 3rd, 1990, and how he, his family, and his friends all responded to it. Nearly thirty years later, Dr. Luckett looks forward to telling this fascinating story.

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