Creative Team
Regina Weatherspoon-Bell

Regina Weatherspoon-Bell
Exhibition & Documentary Executive Producer & Director

Regina Weatherspoon-Bell is owner and president of Gi & Associates a boutique Marketing, Business Consulting & Event Production Company. She established the company in 2005. Their client list includes corporate and small businesses, non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs.

Ms. Weatherspoon-Bell has an extensive resume' including 20 years + career management experience in the Entertainment Industry. She served as Vice President to MidWest Group Entertainment co-managing the careers of established and new recording artists, actors, musicians, writers, and producers. Regina also coordinated multi-media productions and special event projects in film, theater, television and home entertainment. She served as Vice-President of Business Development and currently is an advisor to the CEO of Lil Mogul Holdings owned by actress, director, and producer, Kim Fields.

She is a volunteer to several community, faith based and business organizations and mentors young people in her community. She is the founder of "Saving Our Sons" an education and life skills support and mentoring program for young men ages 12-18 also in partnership with the Alliance for Education. In 2010 she established "Dedicating Our Daughters" an 8-week program designed to provide our young women ages 12-18 a safe haven to voice their challenges, fears and questions about developing in their young womanhood.

Her particular interest is advocating for and empowering women and children through education while promoting whole health.
She has received several honors and recognitions for her community service. In 2010 she was honored as the top vote getter of the Inspiring Woman campaign annually presented by the Daily Press.

Benn Johnston

Benn Johnston

Exhibition Photographer
Psychologist, Photographer, & Professor

From a High School GED, to a University of Wisconsin Master of Science Degree, Chief of a USAF Mental Health Clinic, Professional Photographer, and an Adjunct Professor.

With my mother came the gift of light and love. My desire and thirst is to find the gifts of this love of light. As is the symbol of knowledge is, and as in a coin, finding and deciding the obverse as opposed to the reverse, or does it really matter? I dedicate these Women Over 50 images to a woman, my mother. I dedicate these images to women, my aunts, my sisters, my wives. I dedicate these images to my young women, my daughters Nicole, Morgan, and Maggie. This is a dedication to all women I have known, and to those I will know. No secret, no

When I think of Women over 50, I think of my mother, my aunts, my sisters, my cousins, the women in the different neighborhoods I've lived, my teachers, my wives, my friends, and all the women that have contributed to the days of my life. The beauty of motherhood, the beauty and grace of dance, the touch of the hand so gentle yet so strong. When I first heard of this project, I had a little chuckle! This project has been in the back of my mind to the front of my mind for over 20 years! I've completed series of Women over 40 on several occasions. The over 50, over 60, and over 70 has been the big one, so when Women Over 50 was presented this time… it was the right time!!!

Beauty is more than pretty! But, these women are pretty! Never ever say, "You look good for your age." I think if you give that compliment, to any one, just say, "You look great!"

My support system has always been predominately made up of women, even the woman that was the catalyst of my relationship with photography. Yes, a dancer, the motion-music-magic of the human form, The Woman. Our birth, our relationship with our mother as she carried us, as she gave birth, gave us our first nourishment, holding our hand as we learned to walk after allowing us to crawl over her feet and toes.

I want to thank all those involved with this project, GiGi, Mike, Theresa, Yvonne, and the lovely women who photos we've displayed here. With their help, my dream is now a reality. If I have to take a second look, I want to make a photograph. My desire is the same for you, take a second look, even if you don't like or understand my work, I want a second look from you.

Theresa Diane Polly-Shellcroft

Theresa Diane Polly-Shellcroft

Artist, Art Educator, Community Activist

Bachelor of Science Degree, Art Education, HBC, West Virginia State University
Master of Arts, Fine Arts, Painting, Drawing, Art History, Marshall University
Post grad studies, African/African America Art , History and Culture, University of Pittsburgh

I was born to be an artist. There is no doubt in my mind, my heart or my spirit. I was born and raised in Huntington WV by a loving family and loving community…

I began drawing my stories at a very early age, 4 – 5 years. But it was at the age of 8 years, that many events took place in my life that set the stage for the rest of my creative career. At the age of eight years, I learned the art of sewing, was given my first oil paints, took dancing lessons, learned to swim, chose to be baptized, began my doll collection, played the flute, began piano lessons, and was an active member of the Girl Scouts. All of these events have had a major impact upon my life and set the foundation for my creative career as well as my dedication to community involvement!

My creative expressions include drawing, painting, fiber arts, collage, etc. In addition to creating in order to express myself, I love opening eyes of others to their own creative talents. We are all creative. That is the nature of being human!

My works, paintings and fiber arts, have shown all over the country from galleries in the SOHO/Chelsea art district of New York City to smaller galleries around the United States. My quilt from the "Threads of Faith" Exhibition with Carolyn Mazloomi (Women of Color Quilters Network) and the American Bible Society of New York, "The Annunciation…Be It Unto Me" is part of the collection of the Anacostia Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Another quilted project is in the collection of the National Afro-American Museum at Wilberforce, Ohio. My works are in many collections, private and public.

I can list many acknowledgments and awards but the most important of all is the opportunity to create and to share those expressions with others.
I am the proud mother of one son, Christopher W Shellcroft, Writer, Los Angeles, CA
I am the proud daughter of Norma J Fullen, Huntington, WA
I am the proud granddaughter of Leonard C and Daisy Still Polley, deceased, Huntington, WV
I am the proud great grand-daughter of Henry Clay Still, deceased, fought in Civil War, 1861-1865
I am the proud sister, aunt, cousin, niece, and friend to many!

Favorite quote: "Lord, help me to remember that the sun has never failed us yet." Author Unknown

Michael Kernan

Michael Kernan

Michael Kernan, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and graduate of The Ohio School of Broadcasting, began his career working in the technical field of Telecommunications in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C area. He is also a musician and song writer, and toured with local jazz bands on the east coast.

Moving to Los Angeles he continued in the Telecommunications field. His education and skills in technology helped him to stay on top of the technology industry. Mike's ambition led him to climb the corporate ladder where he managed and built large communication sites. He's consulted and taught telecommunications and equipment training classes for companies such as AT&T, MCI and Sprint, along with several overseas corporations. He's also designed and built world wide network control centers in the US and abroad, but his true passion was to start his own business in the music and film industry.

Michael's love for God, music and technology led to his dream of starting his own recording studio. With the support of his wife, Monique, they began KernaTrac Studios in El Monte, California in 1990. Over the years, Michael has worked with a variety of clients in the music and technology fields, such as WinSonic Technologies, WinSonic Studios, Mo' Jazz Records, The Gap Band, Pacific Breeze Band, and in the Digital streaming of such television productions as "Melrose Place", "Babylon Five" and "Touched By An Angel".

KernaTrac Studios evolved into High Desert Digital, a division of MoMatt Enterprises, Incorporated. High Desert Digital specializes in and produces high-end Corporate Video, TV Commercials, Radio Spots, Music Production, Infomercials, Web Video, Music Video, Short Films and Documentaries. High Desert Digital also provides Post Production Services (editing, sound effects, visual effects, motion graphics) for Film and Television and Audio Book Recordings. Michael has currently finished albums for High Desert gospel artists Dansby Sturdivant, LaMarche Mosley and mastering for Regina Courtney's' upcoming Psalmist album.

High Desert Digital's client list is quite impressive and includes many local businesses. St. Mary Medical Center, City of Victorville, Town of Apple Valley, Gi & Associates, WinSonic Technologies, Star Telecom, Herard Media Group, Today's Woman Foundation, Victor Valley African American Chamber of Commerce, Director Kim Fields and Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church. Michael has also worked with the Burning Bush Church as a musician and an Audio/Video specialist. Michaels' ultimate goal is to bring Hollywood to the High Desert and to be the largest Production and Post Production facility of its kind between Las Vegas and Los Angeles to handle their needs.

Twenty ladies participated in the stylized one-on-one dialogue with the filmmaker, with two questions posed to them:

What was the greatest lesson you ever learned?
What was the greatest lesson you ever taught?

With joy, laughter emotion and depth, the Women Over 50 share their moving, thought-provoking answers. The filmmaking team of Regina Weatherspoon-Bell (Executive Producer / Director), Michael Kernan (Director of Photography / Editor) and Benn Johnston (Still Photographer) truly captures the essence of these phenomenal women and their experiences.

"Women Over 50" is the passionate brainchild of filmmaker, media entrepreneur and community leader Regina Weatherspoon-Bell: "As a little girl I always found older women very interesting, I still love to hear their conversations and stories. For years I've had the idea of developing something that was artistic and special featuring women sharing their stories. Recently, as I matured crossing into that "50 Club", I wanted to create a statement that says 'some of us are not trying to recapture our youth, but mature into our next phase with the best of what youth has taught us'. I wanted to create a visual for people to actually see the truth of what that looks like. Most importantly, I wanted to create something that says 'don't dismiss, overlook or count us out!'"

Ms. Bell's vision for "Women Over 50" is to uplift Women Over 50 and encourage others to experience and appreciate Women Over 50!