M. DeSales Linton
Recommendations & Press
"I can say without a doubt that DeSales Linton has that rare mix of unique creative vision, charismatic leadership skills, intellectual thoughtfulness and unrelenting will to become a major player in the global entertainment world".
It’s also no secret that the entertainment industry is in the midst of a change, and I’m confident that insite is the company and Rock the Planet is the event to provide the tipping point. It’s my bet that the major studios and record labels will want to be a part of Rock the Planet, and it will be up to DeSales to choose her suitor.
Indeed, with her social vision and the skills necessary to execute that vision, it’s no exaggeration to say that DeSales is one of the rare breed that has the power to change the way we see this industry…and the world.
I look forward to 'the insite generation'."
David Benjamin is Senior Vice President at Universal Music Group, the music division of the largest entertainment company in the world, Universal-Vivendi. He has spent over 25 years working with artistic and business legends in the music and visual entertainment industry. Mr. Benjamin began his career representing Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon and later became Associate General Counsel for CBS Records under the music visionary and President, Walter R. Yetnikoff.
From 1983-1993, Mr. Benjamin was at the forefront of the fusion of music and video as the Producer of Music Video programming for NBC’s version of MTV, Friday Night Videos. At FNV, he collaborated with some of the all-time great artists and their video directors, including Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Ozzy Osbourne and Stevie Wonder. He then represented such artists as multi- Grammy Award-winning R&B superstars Mary J. Blige and LL Cool J. He has negotiated with the heads of every major record label, including Sony, Warner, BMG, Geffen, EMI and Dreamworks. He also was a very early investor - after all the studios had passed - in the Oscar-winning feature documentary, When We Were Kings, about the life of Mohammed Ali.
Mr. Benjamin was an early fan of kalin’s prayer and has generously advised DeSales on her media career. Believing that the musical artists DeSales has assembled for Rock the Planet are “the future of MTV,” he was eager to secure early studio or MTV participation in the film’s development. DeSales politely declined at the time in order to pursue more “alternative” support. He's still here and a top supporter, however ;)
Arthur H. Bryant, Esq.
Arthur H. Bryant is the Executive Director of Public Justice, America's Public Interest Law Firm, where he regularly argues before the United States Supreme Court. www.publicjustice.net. Under Mr. Bryant, Public Justice won the Exxon Valdez case, the landmark Title IX girls’ athletics case against Brown University and the early tobacco industry cases, including those involving second-hand smoke, along with many other precedent-setting tort and discrimination suits. Public Justice also was on the winning Supreme Court brief in the Guantanamo Bay case against the Bush Administration.
Mr. Bryant was a star point guard and sometime singer at Swarthmore College before attending Harvard Law School. At Harvard, Mr. Bryant won the prestigious Moot Court competition, which was presided over by then-Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger. Mr. Bryant was asked to become Executive Director of Public Justice, which was the brainchild of Ralph Nader, while he was still in his twenties.
Mr. Bryant lives in Oakland, California and is married to a teacher and poet. They have one son.
This recommendation was written in support of DeSales' application to NYU Graduate Film School.
The Honorable Stephanie K.
In many ways DeSales is ahead of her time. Her views of the world and solutions to our problems are those I believe need to be part of the broader public debate. They are ones to which I hope my children and grandchildren will be exposed. In my judgment, DeSales has the unique blend of analytical and creative talents and personal traits that will make her an outstanding director and screenwriter.
DeSales literally has put her money where her mouth is. She could
easily have secured a large salary with many of the elite law firms around the country.
Always a maverick, however, she opened her own civil rights practice, a
bold step in itself, and has taken difficult cases against huge
defendants and law firms in the pursuit of justice.
Judge Stephanie K. Seymour was a Carter-appointee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit - she was at that time the youngest person ever appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, which is one level below the U.S. Supreme Court. A native of Michigan, Judge Seymour graduated from Smith College and Harvard Law School. Known for her consensus building, Judge Seymour is able to reach progressive decisions in the most conservative activist circuit in the US.
In the late 80’s, Judge
Seymour wrote the opinion in Brown v. Board of Education II,
which upheld the landmark Supreme Court decision mandating school
desegregation that had been challenged by the Oklahoma school board. Her
opinion was upheld by the Supreme Court.
The Honorable Frederic N. Smalkin
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
N. Smalkin is a former JAG Captain in the U.S. Army and Republican Reagan-appointee to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. He hired DeSales as his judicial clerk and "noble opposition."
In 2004, Judge Smalkin was appointed by Maryland Governor Richard Ehrlich as Chair of the Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council, which works in coordination with the U.S. Homeland Security Director. A rated pilot, Judge Smalkin is a Colonel in and serves as the Chief of Staff for the Commander of the Maryland Defense Force and is a Lt. Colonel in the US Air Force Auxiliary.
lives in Baltimore, Maryland and is married with 2 children.
The following articles report on DeSales's career as a Washington, DC civil rights attorney (the Legal Times is Washington DC's most widely distributed legal newspaper), her career as a prep school Hall of Famer and as an award-winning filmmaker with her debut film, kalin's prayer
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Letters and Awards
Although we received many nice letters from film festivals, this letter from the juror at the Hardacre Film Festival will always stay with us. While not the biggest fest we got into by any stretch, we believe this is what art is all about. May he rest in peace. The letter from the Estonian Artist Agency tells of Eurovision winner Tanel Padar's wish to forget about signing with Universal to sign with insite! The NIA award was presented to DeSales by the NYU Faculty for "improving the quality of life for NYU's Black, Latino or Asian American Community." For the many awards DeSales received for kalin's prayer, see here.