Richard Campos is a retired army sergeant who was deployed to Iraq during the invasion of the country in 2003. From Stockton, California, Richard once served in the marines during the Vietnam era and returned home to work in the sheriff’s office of his community. He has known nothing but a life of servitude. Since 2008, Richard has been running humanitarian missions to Iraq — then under the threat of Al Qeada and now under the threat of ISIS. His current string of missions have been documented in the upcoming film The Longest Road.
Stanley Rapada is a retired naval senior chief and now spends his time helping fellow Veteran’s in the Northern California community of Stockton outside of Sacramento. Once Stanley returned from service in Vietnam he felt he needed to take up a passion that would replace the horrific images he saw during wartime with beautiful ones. The result is a substantial resume of photography renowned worldwide. His journey to Iraq as the team’s still photographer proved to be a substantial addition to The Longest Road documentary.
Matthew Charles Hall is a filmmaker and business owner from Orange County, California. In 2008 Hall directed a four-minute student documentary that premiered out-of-competition at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. “That was the extent of my documentary experience before this,” he says with a smile, “then this came along and basically retaught me everything I ever learned about filmmaking.” His additional work in the realm of film includes projects of all genres including commercial work and a soon-to-be-released children’s film. He is honored to be a co-director and producer on The Longest Road. He is also a writer and musician, having performed at various venues across the globe including the Hollywood Bowl and the famed Sydney Opera House.
First-time filmmaker Jennifer Salcido is a former professor at the University of Dohuk, Iraq and The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kurdistan Regional Government, makes her directorial debut with The Longest Road. In addition to her recent filmmaking efforts, Salcido has travelled the world for humanitarian causes including recent trips to Lebanon and Iraq. Her work in the field includes involvement with various organizations including International Veteran’s Alliance, Kurdistan Missions. A Santa Barbara County native, she recently moved back to California after a year long stay in Washington D.C., often advocating for humanitarian causes on Capitol Hill.
Grammy-award-nominee and multiple Dove Award-winner Jimmy Cooper is best known for his work as a musician before venturing into the field of filmmaking. He is a multi-award winning song writer and keyboardist having been a part of the Christian rock sensation Petra, the first Christian band to be entered in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Living in Nashville, Tennessee, Cooper makes his debut as a cinematographer with The Longest Road.
Kevin Graves founded Some Gave All: The Joey Graves Foundation after his son was killed in combat outside of Bagdad in 2006. Grave’s humanitarian work led to a friendship with Iraq War veteran Richard Campos who invited Graves to tag along on a recent mission to Iraq. While there, Kevin honored the memory of his son and “carried on his mission” — which made for a beautiful contribution to The Longest Road documentary film. Kevin and his wife live in the community of Discover Bay, California where he continues to honor the memory of his son and work with other veterans and Gold Star parents in the region.