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The team that brought the story to life.



Ellen Temple


Ellen C. Temple has been involved with researching, writing and publishing about Women in Texas History for 50 years, including writing columns for the Diboll Free Press and publishing two pioneering books: “Citizens at Last: the Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas”, edited by Judith MacArthur and Ruthe Winegarten, and “Jane Y. McCallum: Diaries and writings of a Texas Suffragist” by Janet Humphrey,  both of which remain in print in the Texas A&M series Ellen C. Temple Classics of Texas Women’s History. It was her understanding that the exciting story of the Texas fight for woman’s vote has remained largely invisible that led her into documentary film making, ET Films, and the production of Citizens at Last with renowned filmmaker Nancy Schiesari. 


In her decades of work with the Texas State Historical Association, Ellen endowed the Liz Carpenter Award in 1992 given annually for the best scholarly book on the history of women and Texas in honor of her friend Liz Carpenter, who was a maker of history. A member of TSHA’s Handbook of Texas Women Advisory Board, she earned her B.A degree from the University of Texas at Austin, with honors, in English and history, and her M.A. degree in English is from SFASU in Nacogdoches. She recently endowed the Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women’s History at UT.  Ellen served as an Ann Richards appointee to the UT Board of Regents, 1991-1997 and was recently elected to the Texas Institute of Letters. She has 4 children and 6 nearly perfect grandchildren.

Nancy Schiesari


Nancy is an experienced director, producer and cinematographer on both broadcast documentaries and award-winning independent films.  Her latest full-length documentary, Canine Soldiers: the Militarization of Love, premiered at the Austin Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS over Memorial Day weekend, 2018. She also directed and produced feature-length documentaries, Cactus Jack, Lone Star on Capitol Hill (PBS), Tattooed Under Fire (PBS), Hansel Mieth-Vagabond Photographer (Independent Lens) and History Man, a half-hour profile on Martin Scorsese for BBC 4, London.

Nancy comes with thirty years’ experience as a Director of Photography on over 50 documentaries and feature films broadcast for England’s Channel 4, BBC, ABC, National Geographic, and PBS.  She has filmed in Europe, the US, Africa, India, Pakistan, Iceland, and Latin America. She was nominated for a Television Emmy for outstanding cinematography on The Human Face (producer John Cleese). Among her work as a cinematographer is Barbara Sonneborn’s Oscar-nominated Regret to Inform, winner best documentary at Sundance, and Pratibha Parmar and Alice Walker’s Warrior Marks, Channel Four, London. Nancy graduated with an MFA from the Royal College of Art, London, and is a professor in production in the Radio –Television and Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the mother of two grown children, Eleanor Cheetham and Felix Turton.

In 200, she founded MO-TI productions, dedicated to making films with diverse talent committed to telling stories from new perspectives.

Michelle Nehme is writer, director and editor, whose work has been Emmy-nominated and has played on PBS, at SXSW, and internationally. She received her MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas, where she was nominated for the Princess Grace Award for directing. Before editing Citizens at Last, Michelle was the editor on Nancy Schiesari’s film Canine Soldiers, a 3D documentary about Soldier Handlers and their Military Working Dogs. She is currently directing her first feature film, American Love Story, which focuses on the cultural systems and stigmas that perpetuate human trafficking in the US.

Michelle Nehme


Daniel Earney is writer, director, and editor based in Austin, Texas. After graduating from Appalachian State University in 2010, Daniel's love of narrative storytelling drew him back to graduate school where he received his MFA in Film & Media Production from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. His latest film is The Backup Plan.

Daniel Earney


In her 20 years as a professional makeup, hair, and wig artist, Tara Cooper has worked on productions large and small – from collaborating with A-list directors and celebrities, ventilating and styling wigs for a myriad of theatrical productions, to teaching makeup and wig design courses at multiple universities and beauty schools. She takes pride in the quality and diversity of her work, as well as her ability to perfectly capture historical periods through her hair, wig, and makeup skills. She works in film, theater, commercial, and print, and has been teaching at St. Edward’s University in Austin since 2007.


Her latest projects include acting as department head for both hair and makeup for the latest Richard Linklater film that takes place in the late 1960s and virtually training actors for commercials during the pandemic. Her passion for her craft is palpable, and she always enjoys a challenge.

Tara Cooper

Makeup, Wig, and Hair Artist

Ashley Garcia is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research includes 19th century political history, American communitarianism, and American political thought. Her dissertation explores America’s most popular socialist program: the Fourierist movement of the mid-19th-century. The Fourierist movement galvanized a tradition of American communitarian-socialism that has been largely forgotten today. Ashley is also completing a Museum Studies Portfolio as her secondary doctoral field.

Ashley Garcia

Historical Researcher

Gabrielle Esparza is a third-year Ph.D. student in the history department at the University of Texas-Austin. She is a historian of twentieth-century Argentine history. Her current research focuses on civil-military relations, human rights, and democratization. At UT, she has served as a graduate research assistant at the Texas State Historical Association and contributed to the organization’s Handbook of Texas. She will serve as co-coordinator for the Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality in 2020-2021. She holds a B.A. in history and Spanish from Illinois College and received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Argentina in 2017. 

Gabrielle Esparza

Historical Researcher

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