The Filmmakers

The people who brought Messenger of the Truth to life

Gary & Nancy Chartrand – Executive Producers


Gary Chartrand is the Executive Chairman of Acosta Sales and Marketing. Mr. Chartrand has been extremely active in supporting areas of critical need both as Chairman of Acosta and personally through The Chartrand Foundation. For twenty years Acosta has implemented a cause marketing campaign that has raised over $70 million dollars for the support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). In 2004 Acosta embarked on a similar campaign to raise money for America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s largest food bank network. Gary serves as a national vice president for the MDA. He is chairman of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and is on the Board of Directors for the KIPP schools in Jacksonville.

Nancy Chartrand is a Woman of Influence driven by her devotion to her Catholic faith, her love of her family, her strong commitment to social justice and her passion for the betterment of our community. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science and teaching degree from the University of New Hampshire, and has devoted her life and career to helping and giving back to her community, promoting the advancement of women and children, and advocating for maternal and infant health. Using her wisdom and business acumen serving on various volunteer boards, Nancy endlessly offers her time, energy, passion, and leadership skills to make her community a better place to live, learn and work.

Paul G. Hensler – Writer/Producer


Paul Hensler began his career in Hollywood working on films such as Apocalypse Now, Deer Hunter, and An Officer and a Gentleman. Paul wrote and produced Don’t Cry It’s Only Thunder, about an orphanage he founded in Vietnam, which won the 1982 Christopher Award and was nominated for the Humanitas Award. He wrote the story for and produced Gotcha for Universal and wrote and produced the Academy Award nominated short The Silence for the American Film Institute. Paul bought the rights to the book The Priest and the Policeman in 1989 and has been researching and developing the story of Father Jerzy Popieluszko for 23 years. The documentary based on this book, is entitled Jerzy, Messenger of the Truth, will be screened at the Vatican on October 17, 2012, and will have its’ world premiere in early 2013.

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Tony Haines – Editor/Director


Tony started his career in the Public Broadcasting System back in 1978. After studying film at FSU, Tony moved back home to Miami to fine tune his skills as an editor for the cutting edge post production firm, Video Tape Associates. His reputation and skill set landed him positions at PM Magazine, Broadcast Video and the PGA Tour Productions in Ponte Vedra. In 1994, Tony and his partners Britt McTammany and Clark Fivek opened their own venture, Digital Video Arts. Tony’s DVA credits include 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics on CBS, 2000 and 2004 Super Bowls, Waters Journey on PBS, The Life and Times of Bobby Jones on CBS and more than a dozen episodes of PrimeTime and 20/20 on ABC TV. He won an Emmy for his work on the Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games. Tony is currently completing directing and editing Jerzy, Messenger of the Truth, a documentary slated for worldwide release in 2013.

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