Robin Hilton and Steve Lickteig started Small Good Thing Production in 1999 as an independent, non-profit organization to produce films, radio features and music for public broadcasting. They’ve since produced work for National Public Radio, XM Satellite Radio, Soundprint, Georgia Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, the Peabody Awards, National Geographic, Center Stage and the Third Coast Audio Festival.
Steve is the co-founder of Small Good Thing Productions and the Executive Producer for National Public Radio’s Week All Things Considered. Prior to that he was the Executive Producer for The Bob Edwards Show on XM Satellite Radio. He’s also a filmmaker, most recently directing the documentary Open Secret. He served as assistant director for the documentary film Waiting for Hockney. In addition to his past work as a public radio producer and reporter, Steve has worked as a country music DJ, an asbestos remover, a PR guy and a United States Marine.
Robin is the co-founder of Small Good Thing Productions, the Producer and Co-Host for National Public Radio’s online music program All Songs Considered and a composer. He’s written and recorded music for National Geographic, Center Stage and, most recently, the documentary film Open Secret.
Before NPR Robin taught English and worked as a translator for the Board of Education in Nagoya, Japan. He’s also worked as an emergency room orderly, a blackjack dealer and a fruitcake factory assembly lineman.
Laura Kissel is a documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Media Arts at the University of South Carolina and co-founder of the Orphan Film Symposium, a symposia series dedicated to the research, preservation and exhibition of orphan films. Her documentary work explores issues surrounding landscape use and meaning, the representation of history, and the use of orphan films. Her latest nonfiction work, Cabin Field, has been honored with three festival awards including the Juried Citation Award at the 2006 Black Maria Film and Video Festival. Cabin Field has been screened widely at microcinemas and festivals around the country, including the Atlanta Film and Video Festival, Anthology Film Archives in New York, and the Balgan Experimental Film and Video Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It has also been broadcast on the SCETV public television series Southern Lens.