James William Theres is an award-winning public affairs officer and speechwriter at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. He has received 10 national awards for speechwriting, feature writing, event planning and media affairs. He is also an award-winning independent filmmaker. James has a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and an MA in history from Jackson State University. His first film, “The 30th of May,” was based on his graduate research project of the same name. The paper received the prestigious Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander Award at the 10th Annual Creative Arts Festival at Jackson State University. The documentary received 25 awards and appeared on Mississippi Public Television in May 2017. His second documentary, “The Hello Girls,” has received and been nominated for several awards and has appeared on Wisconsin Public Television.