True heroism

Frederic Douglass once said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” This documentary film finally brings to life Parker’s words as he recounts amazing stories of escape, his role as a conductor in the Underground Railroad and his contributions to America. The words of abolitionists like Frederick Douglass framed the global discussion that focused America on the struggle against slavery. John Parker’s words resonated with the same truths; “It was not the physical part of slavery that made it cruel and degrading, it was the taking away from a human being the initiative, of thinking, of doing it his own ways.”



This film project is a cooperative venture between FilmAffects, MediaDesign Newssource, WGTE PBS Toledo,
and the John P Parker Historical Society

Peter Huston, Producer/Director


Peter Huston is the senior producer/director and owner of FilmAffects LLC.  He is a graduate of Boston University School of Public Communication (SPC’81) BS (Broadcasting and Film) with additional studies in filmmaking at Ohio State University School of Film. In 1987, with partner John Capellupo, Horizon Media began to provide complete production support for series, documentaries, and corporate clients. In 1992 Horizon Media launched“WorldScape” a 13 part series hosted by Walter Cronkite on PBS. In 1993 the award winning series “The Visionaries”, hosted by Sam Waterston was launched. Over the last nine years Peter has been a producer, director, and series production manager for “The Visionaries” and was the DP for the first and second season as well. In 1998 Peter and John formed Emotion Pictures to produce a documentary series called “Fathom” on the environment with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute for the Discovery Channel. In 2009 FilmAffects was established to pursue documentary and factual program production. As director and senior producer Peter has continued to produce programming for PBS, Hallmark, Odyssey, Home & Garden, MTV, Outdoor Life, Fox, has co-produced a feature film and done scores of corporate and educational projects

William Turpie, Executive Producer


Bill Turpie is an award-winning journalist/TV producer who has covered Wall Street’s fluctuations, Boston’s high tech companies, and religion around the world. He was the business correspondent for WCVB-TV, Boston’s ABC affiliate, and senior correspondent for “Today’s Business,” a joint venture of CBS and Buena Vista Television. He has also served as a correspondent for Wall Street Journal Reports. In addition to his work reporting on business and economic issues he has helped originate a variety of programs for the Odyssey and Hallmark Channels. He holds a master of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and pastored the First Baptist Church of Hingham, MA for 14 years.  He has combined his experience in television reporting and producing with theological insights connected to the American religious landscape to create programs that have become widely familiar in faith communities around the country.

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