Scott Thurman, born in Lubbock, Texas is an M.F.A. graduate in documentary film from the University of North Texas. He has worked as a news photographer for 4 years and has produced 3 short films at the University of North Texas, including "Smokey" a short documentary about an Elvis impersonator that has been selected by film festivals around the U.S. including AFI Dallas, Los Angeles Film Festival, Hot Springs Doc Festival, and Austin Film Festival, among others. Scott originally conceived of a documentary film about the Texas Board of Education for his thesis project "Standing Up to the Experts."