New Turning Point TV Documentary From Tyler Stableford Features CNN “Top 10 Hero” Richard Joyner

I am thrilled to share a 30-minute Turning Point documentary TV episode that I directed and shot featuring Richard Joyner—a reverend, chaplain and community leader in Conetoe, NC. Richard was named one of CNN’s “Top 10 Heroes” and has won national awards including the Purpose Prize for transforming his community, which has been hit with addiction and poverty-related health and diet issues.

 

community leader in rural area using farming to inspire youth during the filming of a documentary tv episode

Reverend Richard Joyner mentors Conetoe youth at the Conetoe Family Life Center farm he founded in eastern North Carolina.

Richard is the most radiant and generous man I have ever met. He embodies the highest human principles, of love in the face of adversity; tireless dedication through the slimmest of odds; and a powerful sense of presence that has helped so many people in his community. This documentary TV episode tells his story.  

 

reverend richard joyner on his farm in rural north carolina during the filming of a documentary tv episode
My fellow cinematographer Dylan Brown and I filmed with Richard and his community for eight days in June. What really struck me about Richard is that he is tackling some of our nation’s intractable issues, and with success. Racial divides, addiction, and an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in poor populations are many of the issues he is helping to overcome. I have shot for community-based organizations before, but this project truly changed me.
I would place his leadership right alongside the historical icons we often read about, but rarely get to meet in person: Ghandi, M.L. King, Mother Theresa, Tich Nhat Hanh, The Dalai Lama, Mandela and Tutu. (Although I haven’t met any of these people so I can’t say for sure … but I’d be willing to bet on it!)

 

community leader in rural area using farming to inspire youth during the filming of a documentary tv episode

 

Richard founded the nonprofit Conetoe Family Life Center and a community farm to help transform the community. He and the Center’s executive director Garrie Moore have enlisted PhD researchers with the University of Eastern North Carolina to conduct health screenings with the children and adults who are a part of the community garden programs; as well as to track emergency room visitation rates, etc. The statistics have been truly impressive.

 

Below are a few behind the scenes images from our shoot: 

 

 

filming during a documentary tv episode

filming during a documentary tv episode

filming during a documentary tv episode

You can see more on Richard below:

Special thanks to editor Dave Wruck for his tireless work on the episode, as well as to our producer Tom Morrill and our production company Cosmic Pictures. And above all, deep gratitude to Richard Joyner and his team at the Conetoe Family Life Center, and all the community members who made this documentary TV episode possible.
Please tune in to BYUtv Tuesday October 3 @7:30 PM MST for the live premiere. The episode will also be archived here for future viewing.
I hope you enjoy the episode!