Dixie Gamble, former Nashville music executive, turned author, filmmaker and human rights activist is a 21st Century visionary who in recent years has focused her lens on the intersection of mental illness and criminal justice.
As President of Elektra Asylum Music, a publishing division of Warner Bros. Records in the early 1980s, Ms. Gamble spearheaded the careers of Pam Tillis, Lewis Storey, KT Oslin, Josh Leo, as well as numerous other songwriters of that era.
A contributor to Tennessee’s New Abolitionists, The Fight to End the Death Penalty in the Volunteer State, Edited by Amy L. Sayward and Margaret Vandiver, Vision’s From The Afterlife by Lee Lawson, The Guardian, the National Allliance on Mental Illness and many other mental health publications, Ms. Gamble is a valued advocate for the mental health community.
Beyond Right and Wrong, a docu-drama depicting the last twenty minutes of the condemned life of a severely mentally ill inmate, won several film festivals including the Telluride Indie Fest.
SAFE: Safe Aware First responder Education, is a successful, widely viewed law enforcement training film, created for NAMI TN in 2008, and thus far has trained many officers across Tennessee.
In 2009, Ms. Gamble produced and directed Utopian Art: A Bridge Across Time, a documentary about the Aboriginal dot painters from the Utopia Region of the Northern Territory of Australia. Gamble Productions is the only film crew ever allowed access to the tribal woman painters and their sacred Women’s Ceremony.
CODE: Correction Officers De-escalation Education is Gamble Productions second film for NAMITN, created as a consciousness-raising /training tool for correctional institutions and jails all across the country. This film is narrated by Steve Lopez, author of The Soloist, and esteemed editorial writer for the LA Times and is imbued with rock stars of the mental healthworld, including Pete Earley, former NY Times Editorial writer and author of Crazy and Dr. Javier Amador, of the LEAP Institute.
Before entering the field of filmmaking, Dixie Gamble had a private practice in Spiritual Psychology in West Hollywood.
“My inspiration, education, and impetus to center my work on the crossroads of mental illness and criminal justice is galvanized by my youngest son’s on going suffering with severe and persistent mental illness. My volunteered time as a meditation teacher/self awareness advocate in a maximum- security prison, as well as many years spent as Spiritual Advisor to Death Row agitated my determination to create CODE as a universal training tool for Correctional Institutions.”