Macky AlstonSenior Vice President, Prophetic and Creative Leadership

Macky Alston is a Senior Vice President at Auburn Seminary, where he works to equip leaders of faith and moral courage to advance justice. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Alston founded Auburn Media in 2002 and since then has directed Auburn’s programs that support leaders to harness the media for prophetic witness, engage in creative activism to capture the public imagination, bridge divides across all kinds of difference, and engage film and other forms of media for justice work. Alston and the Auburn team of trainers have supported over 7,000 leaders, including many of the most influential faith leaders of our day.

Alston’s films include Love Free or Die – PBS 2012; Hard Road Home – PBS ’08, The Killer Within – Discovery Films ’06, Questioning Faith – HBO ‘02, and Family Name – PBS ’98 (for more information, see He has won at Sundance twice and received the Gotham Open Palm Award, three Emmy nominations, and appeared widely in the press, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show and The New York Times. He is currently in production on a new film focused on reparations in the United States for the Native American genocide, slavery and the systemic racism and oppression that evolved out of them. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary, he comes from a long line of ministers in the American South and grew up exposed to the power of religion, politics and the media, as charismatic leaders on the Left and Right shaped society and history for generations to come.