The value of a mentor

One of the more interesting aspects of looking into Atlanta’s history is finding out about links that Atlanta has to events and people that are larger than the city itself. On a personal note, it’s those kinds of surprising connections that I find most interesting about living in a city the size of Atlanta.

This week’s story is a rerun of sorts. It is a video we produced a few months back in the middle of the summer when everyone’s mind was on things other than sitting around and watching videos. It is the story of the power of mentors and how they can produce surprising and very profound effects. It is also a love story of sorts, not romantic, but love in a caring and nurturing way. It begins, as most Stories of Atlanta do, with a person who had a dream.

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”

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